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Why we should all love lube

Yael Azgad

26 April 2023

Is lube really a game-changer that can take your sexual experiences to the next level? Read on to find out why we should all love lube!

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Lube (also called lubricant) is a liquid you apply to body parts during any kind of sex to add wetness, reduce friction and generally make everything feel more enjoyable. But is it really a game-changer that can take your sexual experiences to the next level?

Well, not only can lube make sex feel amazing, but it can also help protect you and your partner from STIs. Whether you’re using it with a partner or by yourself with sex toys – lube helps you maximise pleasure and minimise discomfort.

What’s so great about lube?

  1. Sex feels even better: Who doesn't want their sex life to feel as amazing as possible? Lube can make sex feel more enjoyable for both of you. By making things slippery lube reduces friction which makes sex smoother and more enjoyable.

  2. Comfort and joy: If you've ever experienced discomfort or pain during sex, you know how much it can kill the mood. Lube can help reduce discomfort so you don’t have to worry about pain and can focus on enjoying yourself.

  3. Lube is great for all types of sex: Lube is your friend whether you are having anal, vaginal, oral or solo-sex. It’s also handy for foreplay. So whatever you’re into, lube may well help you make it even better!

  4. Health and safety: While pleasure is definitely the main event, how you protect yourself and your partner from STIs is worth thinking about. Lube means less risk of damage to the vagina or anus, and makes condoms work better. This makes it a win-win for both pleasure and safety.

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Choosing the right lube for you 

There are many options when it comes to lube. Here are some pointers to help you choose the right one: 

  • Compatibility with condoms: It’s important to choose a lube that won’t damage condoms. Water-based lubes are generally safe to use with condoms, while oil-based lubes can weaken or break them.

  • Flavour, consistency and sensation: Lubes come in different flavours and consistencies, some are even designed to produce different sensations on your skin. Why not experiment with different types to see which one feels best for you?

  • Allergies: If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, look for lubes that are hypoallergenic and check the ingredients on the label.

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So that’s it – you’ve now got to grips with the basics of lube. If you want a bit more nitty gritty detail check out our lube page. Don't be afraid to give lube a try – your sex life (and your partner) will thank you!

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