So that it slips better during sex: All about lubricant

It is probably the most popular aid during sex: if you just want it to be quick, or if you have pain from a dry vagina, lubricant is a simple solution. But what are the ingredients in a lubricant, and can it help you to improve your orgasm? We have done some research for you and with the help of Dr. Christian Albring, specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics, we will answer the most important questions about the slippery affair:

What types of lubricants are available?

Is there a natural substitute for lubricant?

Are vegan lubricants available?

Are shampoo, body lotion or salad oil suitable as lubricants?

Which lubricant is also suitable for oral sex?

Which lubricant should I use for anal intercourse?

What is the use of pleasure-prolonging lubricants?

What intolerances can lubricant cause?

Which lubricants are easy to remove from clothing or bed linen?

How should I store lubricant?

What types of lubricants are available?

Lubricants are available in many varieties and with fundamentally different ingredients. In short, they are available on water, silicone and oil basis. But what do the individual substances mean for your sex life? We explain that here:

Silicone-based lubricating gels, i.e. based on silicone, are usually somewhat more expensive in the trade, but last considerably longer during the act of love.

In contrast, water-based lubricating gels are cheaper, but are absorbed very quickly. It is therefore possible that you will have to use the lubricant several times during sex.

Water, silicone or oil-based? We tell you when which lubricant is suitable. © nd3000 / Shutterstock.com

With oil-based lubricants, special care is required when using condoms for contraception. Latex condoms and oil-based lubricants are not your best friends. On the contrary. The oil destroys the latex contained in condoms and causes them to tear more quickly. The silicone in diaphragms can also be attacked by some gels. So before you start using contraception, you should always read the information on the packaging or ask at the pharmacy.

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Is there a natural substitute for lubricant?

Yes, there is! Coconut oil and aloe vera. You thought coconut oil only makes your skin and hair beautiful? Wrong: The tropical fruit has a lot more to offer and also makes you feel good in bed. Simply use it like a conventional lubricant and nothing will get in the way of fun in bed. But here too, coconut oil and oil-based lubricants should not be used with latex condoms!

The liquid of the aloe vera plant also ensures a smooth flow in bed. Simply cut off a piece of the plant, press out the liquid and off you go. However, Dr. Albring warns: “Although aloe vera is added to many skin care products, it can cause considerable intolerance reactions”.

Are vegan lubricants available?

Yes, good question! Most lubricants contain glycerine. The ingredient is either extracted from plants or from animal components such as slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, followers of a vegan lifestyle have to be careful.

The company Ritex has brought out a vegan and animal-free organic lubricant gel with purely vegetable ingredients, which compensates for vaginal dryness and consists only of vegetable ingredients. So you can have fun with a clear conscience.

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Are shampoo, body lotion or salad oil suitable as lubricants?

No! You should definitely stay away from shampoo or body lotion. They are not suitable as lubricant alternatives and can cause PH -value of your vaginal flora out of balance. You should also use household remedies such as salad oils or Vaseline with caution when using condoms. Risk of tearing!

There is meanwhile special lubricant for vegans or also with chocolate taste. © nd3000 / Shutterstock.com

Which lubricant is also suitable for oral sex?

Good news for all women who like to have oral sex, because the lubricant market is booming, especially with regard to gels with different flavours. Banana, chocolate, strawberry, etc. – oral sex is twice as fun.

All the more caution is needed with lubricants that have not been specially labelled for oral sex. Not only the taste will not convince you, but also the ingredients that are not intended for your stomach.

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Which lubricant should I use for anal intercourse?

There are special lubricants for anal intercourse that are even more slippery and long-lasting than the commercially available ones. The best is an oil and fat-free lubricant that is also suitable for use with latex condoms. Dr. Albring recommends: “As a lubricant for anal intercourse, gels with a high fat content are more suitable than water-based gels in order to avoid injuries”. Because, as already mentioned, the flood effect is lost more quickly with water-based gels.

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What is the use of pleasure-prolonging lubricants?

Some lubricants are not only intended to ensure that you have smooth and above all painless sex. Many manufacturers advertise lubricants for a more intense and longer orgasm. That sounds great, but is it true? Can a lubricant really change your orgasm?

You should never just use the lubricant to make it go faster for him, only if you both want it. © nd3000 / Shutterstock.com

We say: I don’t think so. How good and intense your orgasm is has primarily to do with how good the sex is and how much it sparks between you and your partner. “Lust starts in the head and has a lot to do with desire, passion and trust. This is more important than whether a lubricant increases orgasm,” says Dr Albring.

There are, for example, stimulating gels for women that are designed to provide more intense orgasms through warming, cooling and tingling effects. Customer reviews vary widely and there is no clear answer to the question of whether such aids are good for something or not.

Dr. Albring does not think much of the promise of orgasmic lubricants: “Some lubricants are supposed to dilate or constrict the blood vessels and leave a warm, cooling or tingling feeling on the skin. However, the boundaries between pleasant and unpleasant sensations up to pungent burning and numbness are fluid. A better or longer orgasm is not to be expected from these lubricants.

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What intolerances can lubricant cause?

It’s hard to pinpoint because: Only manufacturers of medical lubricants and vaginal creams fully declare their ingredients. Lubricants from the drugstore market are often incompletely labelled. So the only thing that helps is to try them carefully and in moderation.

In the case of lubricating gels that are intended to warm, cool or cause your skin to tingle, it is often completely unclear which of the ingredients will cause this. However, the frequent advice that these gels should not be used in the eye should make you think about it. So intolerances can also occur with this type of lubricant if you are not at all prone to allergies.

Many couples store lubricant in the night cabinet. It keeps best in the drawer. © nd3000 / Shutterstock.com

Which lubricants are easy to remove from clothing or bed linen?

So sex is allowed to be dirty, but not your sheets? Then you should definitely use water-based lubricants. These can be easily and quickly washed out of clothes and bedding. You have to be careful with silicone and oil-based lubricants, however; they leave nasty stains on the fabric. With oil-based lubricants in particular, there is a high probability that the stain will remain.

With silicone, however, there is still a chance that you will get rid of the stain. Simply apply one more swab of silicone to the stain and let it work. Yes, you heard right. Because silicone contains so-called polymers that bond together and the already dried stain can be removed more easily. After half an hour you can rub the stain generously with hand detergent, then let it work for 15 minutes and rinse with water. You will have to repeat this process several times, depending on the stain.

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How should I store lubricant?

“Honey, the lubricant will soon run out” – with this sentence you can of course lure your loved one into bed. But you shouldn’t joke about the durability of lubricants: “There is a risk that unwanted germs will multiply and get into the genital area,” explains Dr. Albring.

So if you do not want to catch any unpleasant bacteria, the lubricant should be disposed of in the bin after the expiry date. Normally, lubricants can be used for 3 months after opening. In order to prevent bacteria from forming during this period, lubricants should be stored in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight.

The bedside drawer is perfect for this – and so the lubricant is also immediately at hand.

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Conclusion: Whether silicone-based, water-based, vegan or with taste – which lubricant is best suited for sex is ultimately a matter of opinion and can only be decided by you and your partner. So that you can find the right lubricant for a few nice lovers’ try-outs, it is now time to try it out. So: buy lubricant, grab your loved one and off to bed!