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Thursday, July 26, 2007

“Slippery When Wet”: Lubes for Love and Lust, Part 2

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas A. Edison

Oiling Up

Oil-based lubricants can be fun, particularly when used by men for self-pleasuring. They’re not really the best choice for women, because they can actually contribute to yeast-infections. Oil-based lubricants also destroy latex products, which includes diaphragms and cervical caps that are made from rubber. For this reason,you should never, ever use an oil-based lube with a condom because it will break – every time – and usually happens almost instantly. But don’t take my word for it; try it and find out for yourself. When you’re done, write and let us all know how that worked out for you.

A Matter of Taste

Flavored lubricants are lots of fun for external use, and this most definitely includes oral sex, but DO NOT use them internally—they can irritate your delicate mucous membranes, which are fashionably worn internally, of course.

The latest addition to today’s lube arsenal is silicone, which provides extra slipperiness. And silicone lubes last, and last – and last! Want more pluses? They’re especially good for sex in the water because they stay slick. They’re also odorless and almost completely tasteless. But wait! There’s even more: silicone lubes are also safe for use with latex and are equally fine for anal play because of their slippery staying power. Silicone lubes do nearly everything but make fresh coffee and call your mother once a week.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

When you’re out there shopping, remember that it’s important to check the ingredients before making your purchase. Keep in mind that some lubes contain glycerin, and glycerin is tricky, because it can alter your pH balance. If you’re a woman who’s prone to yeast infections, you’ll want to stay far away from glycerin and look for lubes with ingredients that are chemical-free and non-irritating–-hear me now and thank me later. And for those who think green, there are even a variety of lubes available that are made from organic ingredients!

If you’re still unsure about what kind of lube you’d like to try, I highly recommend that you test a bunch of them and find out what works best for you. You might want to choose several options for different activities (self-pleasuring, oral sex, anal sex, etc.) (Show of hands: Do I give hard homework or what?)

If anyone’s interested, I’m particularly partial to Replens because I find it feels the most similar to a woman’s own natural lubrication. But that’s just this Dr. J’s opinion. The lubes of your dreams might just be waiting down the very next aisle (extra credit if you try a tropic isle).

Happy testing! See you in two weeks!

With Pleasure,

Dr. J

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