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24 Facts About Lube You Should Really Know

There's more to it than just slapping on any old thing to make everything wetter.

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1. There are three main types of lube: water-based, silicon-based, and oil-based.


2. Water-based lubes are the most common type of lube.


3. They're easy to wash off but dry quickly, meaning you'll need to reapply the lube a couple of times during longer sessions.


4. Silicone-based lubes last longer than water-based lube, which means you don't have to apply it as often during sex.

5. It also doesn't blend with water so they're good to use in the shower or other water environments.


6. Although silicone-based lubes are safe to use with condoms, they shouldn't be used with silicone sex toys as it will break down the material, which could let bacteria in.

7. Silicone-based lubes can also be difficult to remove.


8. Oil-based lubes, like Vaseline, are best used for handjobs and unprotected sex, as the lube breaks down latex condoms.

9. It can also be used for sexual activities that include bigger... equipment. For example, fisting.


10. Other types of lube include powder-based and cream-based.


11. Powder-based lube comes in a powder form which needs to be mixed with water to create the lube. This means that you can make it as thick or as thin as you wish, depending on the activity you're going to use it for.

12. Cream-based lubes are rarer and used mostly for anal play. It is designed to be used for sex with bigger objects, such as toys and fists.


13. Lube has an expiry date. Once the bottle is opened, it's more likely to expire sooner, so it's best to use it within a year.


14. You should always keep your lube at room temperature and with the bottle closed.


15. Lube can help ease discomfort in women that have vaginal dryness, which can occur in women both young and old.

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16. A well lubricated penis enhances pleasure for the man, whether it be during sex or masturbation.


17. It can also help sex last longer.


18. Lubricants that cause tingling sensations or are dyed can give an allergic reaction.

This the face you pull when the lube starts to burn.
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This the face you pull when the lube starts to burn.

19. Lube can help sustain an erection for men that have trouble staying aroused.

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20. Lubricants can cause sperm motility problems, making it difficult for couples to conceive.

21. There are sperm-friendly lubes that claim to counter this though.

22. Using lube substitutions like Vaseline or baby oil can cause yeast infections, that can damage vaginal tissue.

23. Saliva can be used in place of lube but as it's more watery, it dries out quicker.

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24. Lube can help to prevent tissue damage for both men and women.

So you don't end up with this facial expression.
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So you don't end up with this facial expression.