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Woman’s guide to choosing the right lubricant to make sex more pleasurable

By Editorial Team

When it comes to using an over-the-counter lubricant there are a plethora of them available in the market, here is how to choose the right one for you.

For most women, extreme vaginal dryness is the culprit behind painful sex and a prime reason for distress among couples in the bed. This happens when the vagina dries up and is devoid of natural lubrication, which is dependent upon various factors – a woman’s general health, hormonal changes, menopause, diet, stress levels etc. Lack of it, could not only make sex painful, but can make you prone to infections and other urinary tract diseases if you avoid the condition. Lubrication, on the other hand, can help ease pain during sex, help remove dead cells from the area and keep infections at bay by providing the right environment for essential bacteria to flourish. An easy way to fight vaginal dryness and rev-up your sex life is to use an artificial lubricant to combat the condition. Here are other five reasons of pain during sex in women and how to avoid them.

When it comes to using an over-the-counter lubricant, there are a plethora of them available in the market. But have you ever wondered which one is the right pick for you? Well, if not here is how you can choose the one that is right for you:

Water-based lubricants

When it comes to using lubricants, water-based lubricants are the safest bet. They lubricate the vagina making penetration easier and are almost safe for women with sensitive skin too. Another plus point, water-based lubricants are compatible with most condoms which will help avoid a tear while on the act and save you from the dangers of condom-failure.

Who shouldn’t use it: If you have tried a water-based lubricant before and faced symptoms like irritation, itching or burning down there after having sex, avoid using one. This is because some of the water-based lubricators have ingredients like propylene glycol or chlorhexidine which could trigger allergic reactions in some women.

Oil-based lubricants

Most women tend to believe that oil-based lubricants are the best bet for vaginal lubrication. This is the reason most people rely on handy items like petroleum jelly, cold creams or different types of oils as a natural replacement for over-the-counter lubricants. Ladies, this is the worst possible torture you can subject your vagina to, just before having sex. Remember, using these products increases chances of condom tear when at the peak of your act. Instead, invest in a good oil-based lubricant, but make sure your choice is in sync with your partner’s choice of condom. Latex condoms don’t go well with oil-based lubricants and could break with too much fiction. They are safe to be used with polyurethane condoms, which is a rare find these days.

Who shouldn’t use it: If you are prone to recurrent urinary tract infections, stay away from oil-based lubricants. It is difficult to clean up after the act which could lead to bacterial build-up and cause infections later. Also, they don’t go well with latex condoms, so, if your line of protection is a condom then surely this isn’t the right choice for you

Silicone-based lubricants

They are long-lasting and keep your vagina moisturised for more time as compared to the other variants. However, with a silicon-based lubricant, you don’t have to be restricted only to your bed. Silicon, the main ingredient of the lubricant doesn’t break down when it comes in contact with water. So you can have sex in the bathroom or even in the pool (in case you have a private one) and be a bit adventurous in love making while combating vaginal dryness.

Who shouldn’t use it: Some silicon-based lubricants have glycerine as a main ingredient, which can lead to yeast infections if not cleaned properly after the act. So if you are prone to infections and allergies down there, keep off from this lubricant.

Warming lubricants

These lubricants are available in both liquid and gel form. The USP of these lubricants is that apart from lubricating the vagina, it also emits a mild sensation of heat that helps spice things up during intercourse. The warmness generated after its application makes your man more sensitive and aroused to give you better orgasm. Another way to use it is to rub a little on the outside of the condom (not the penis) before penetration. Just use a dab of the lubricant and rub it gently on the outsides of the vagina. Never go overboard with this lubricant out of sheer excitement. The major component used in these lubricants is capsaicin, a naturally found component in chilli pepper, used synthetically in dilute form to give the warming effect. So you know what it can lead to if you cross the line.

Who shouldn’t use it: Woman with delicate and sensitive skin should stay away from using a warming lubricant. The lubricant can backfire instigating irritation and itching, which could do just the opposite of what it is meant for.

Fragrance-based lubricants

Many women use a lubricator, not just to combat vaginal dryness but to add a fun element to their sex life. As the name suggests, these lubricants are high on fragrance and are definitely loaded with chemicals to help them stand to their promises. They are a great accompaniment for oral sex too. Even though it’s fun to arouse your partner with lubricants that emit a sweet smell and takes your excitement to another level altogether, it is better that you use them only once a while to make things pleasurable. A major component of these lubricants is phenoxyethanol, a chemical preservative that is used in most skin care ranges and cosmetics. This chemical is thought to be the least irritating to the skin, however, it is controversial. Over exposure to phenoxyethanol, even in cosmetics, could lead to contact dermatitis, worsen eczema, suggests some studies. So they will not spare your delicate vagina if you fall for them blindly.

Who shouldn’t use it: If you are nearing menopause, stay away from it. While using a lubricant will help you get some action back into your sex life, a fragrant lubricant will just ruin it further. Also, if you had suffered from allergies in the past due to chemical products or cosmetics which had phenoxyethanol, in one way or the other then it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Organic lubricants

These lubricants promise to be made up of natural ingredient that supposedly is gentle on the vagina and makes for easy and deep penetration. These are usually thick and cream based. However, be careful to read the instructions and the ingredients used before buying one. While organic might sound harmless, not all products are compatible with the genital area.

Who shouldn’t use it: Organic lubricants are generally safe for external use for almost every woman. However, if you develop allergies to it or suffer from other unusual symptoms like excessive discharge and burning sensations then stop using it and try a different variant.

Source:The Health Site

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