And don’t change the oil! Women who use lubricant have better sex, more orgasms.

A survey of 2,453 women conducted by sex researcher Debby Herbenick, Ph.D. at Indiana University concluded that women who use lube during sex have significantly more sexual pleasure and satisfaction than those who don’t.

The study found that more than one-third of the time that lubricant was used for any type of sex, women used it because it was fun. “Some women and men find that putting it on each other can be a fun part of foreplay,” explained Herbenick.

If you are unfamiliar with personal lubes, here are the basic types:

Water-Based Lubricants – These are the most popular types of personal lubricants in use today. Popular brands such as KY Jelly, Astroglide, Liquid Silk, Slippery Stuff, Astrogel, ID Lube, Probe and Maximus are all water-based brands. Water-based lubes are considered easy to clean and safe if consumed. Problems with water-based lubricants come from being sticky after using a while (though there are some water-based types where this is not a problem) and the tendency of one of its main ingredients (glycerine) to cause yeast infection in some women.

Silicone Lubricants- Silicone lubricants are safe to use. They resist bacterial infection that water-based lubricants are prone to. The base ingredients of all silicone lubricants are safe to the digestive tract if accidentally consumed. Silicone lube is considered by many to be more slippery feeling than water-based lubricants. Disadvantages of using silicone lube include the fact that it is extremely difficult to clean or wash from fabrics.

Oil-Based and Petroleum Lubricants – Lubes that are oil-based are generally considered not a good option for personal lubricant, except for male-only stimulation. Oil-based personal lube will destroy condoms. They cannot be used inside women because of the threat that it will cause bacterial infections.  Petroleum lubricants have the same issues – they can cause bacterial problems if used internally and they will break condoms.

In our soon-to-be published Suddenly Solo book, we suggest that you always have a few, personal-sized (and unopened!) tubes or bottles of lubrications in your night stand for romantic encounters!  Women don’t like to see or use half-full, slimy containers .

 

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