Using a lubricant for the first time is a concern for many people, but there is no reason to! Water-based lubricants can make sex and masturbation more comfortable and can be used with condoms. Just drop a few drops directly onto the penis or sex toy and add more as needed. If you want to try a "couples" lubricant - the kind sold in two parts, with different effects for men and women - it is important to drip the correct product into the penis and vagina. While these products are generally safe, they can cause allergic reactions or fungal infections in some cases, and below we'll explain a little more in detail. Come on?
Method 1 of 3: Using a Lube for Sex or Masturbation
Step 1. Apply one or two drops of lubricant directly onto the penis or sex toy
It is best to apply the lubricant directly to the penis or toy as the product will spread into the vagina or anus upon insertion.
- If you find it easier, rub the lubricant on your fingers and apply it to your penis or toy. Be aware, however, that you will likely spend more on the product this way.
- If you apply lubricant to the vagina or anus, you may end up experiencing pain from excessive friction with the entrance of the penis or toy as it passes through the unlubricated parts.
Step 2. Apply lubricant over the condom, if using one
Use a common water-based lubricant with condoms, but do so outside the condom. Place the bottle over the condom and add one or two drops.
You can use lubricant even if the condom is already lubricated. Just be careful, as excess product can reduce sensitivity during sex, as friction will be eliminated
Apply two drops of lubricant to the end of the condom before putting it on to prevent it from rubbing against the head of the penis.
Step 3. Use your fingers to spread the product and form a thin layer
Rub the lubricant, forming a thin, even layer over the entire surface of the penis or toy. If you do everything correctly, your hand should slide easily, but not messy or messy.
If the penis or toy is very slippery and wet, use a clean cloth to remove excess product. There is no reason to worry in this case, as cleaning is very smooth
Step 4. Add more lubricant as needed, completely covering the penis or toy
If the surface is dry or does not slide easily, add one or two more drops of lubricant at a time and test again. Keep adding until the penis or toy slides on comfortably.
The amount of lubricant depends on the size of the penis and the toy, as well as the amount of natural lubrication in the vagina
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Vaginal dryness can have a variety of causes, including hormones, stress, ingredients in intimate care products, and medical treatments. Natural lubrication varies from day to day, and it is common for women to have drier days.
Step 5. Keep the lubricant nearby to add more as needed
As the product is water-based, it dries quickly and may need to be repeated during sex or masturbation. Leave the pack nearby and add more when friction increases.
You can also reactivate the lubricant with a little water if you prefer
Method 2 of 3: Using a "couples" lubricant
Step 1. Avoid using this type of lubricant with condoms as it can damage the condom material
As much as common lubricants can be used in conjunction with condoms, it is best to avoid using products focused on the couple's pleasure - sold under names like "for him" and "for her" or similar names, with different effects for men and for women - if you rely on condoms to prevent pregnancy or an STI.
- As this lubricant does not protect against pregnancy, it is important to use another form of protection to prevent pregnancy.
- If risk of STIs is your concern, it is best to avoid this type of lubricant and continue using condoms as normal.
Step 2. Drop one or two drops of blue lubricant onto the penis
Hold the blue bottle over your penis and drip a few drops onto your skin. Distribute the product on the skin by sliding your fingertips over the limb, creating a thin, even layer.
Add more lubricant if you feel the penis is not fully covered with the product
Step 3. Add one or two drops of purple lubricant to the vagina
Drop the lubricant onto your fingertips or directly into the opening of the birth canal. Then spread it over the outside of the vagina with your fingers, forming a thin, even layer of the product.
If necessary, apply more lubricant
When the penis enters the vagina, the two lubricants will react to each other.
Method 3 of 3: Using Lubricant Safely
Step 1. Talk to a doctor if you are using any topical genital medication
Water-based lubricants are topical products that rarely interact with orally administered medications. However, they can react with topical medications applied to the genital region. If this is the case, seek medical attention before using a lubricant.
For example, some treatments for genital warts are applied topically
Step 2. Talk to your doctor before using lubricant if you have cuts, sores, or irritation in the genital area
Water-based lubricants can cause irritation in pain if there is any sore or irritation in the intimate region. Furthermore, these conditions increase the risk of an unwanted reaction. Before using the product, consult a physician to see if he or she approves or recommends any action.
Your doctor will likely recommend that you wait until the wound heals before using the lubricant
Step 3. Call an emergency room if you show signs of an allergic reaction
As unusual as it is, it is possible that you are allergic to the lubricant. As reactions can become serious, it is best to see a doctor if you show signs of allergy. Go to an emergency room or see your trusted doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms while using the lubricant:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Swelling of the face, lips or eyes.
- Skin rashes.
In case of irritation, rinse the product off your skin before seeking medical attention, as this may minimize symptoms.
Step 4. Discontinue use and change lubricant if you experience a fungal infection
As safe as these products are, they may contain glycerol in their composition, a substance capable of causing fungal infections. In case of infection, see a doctor for treatment and ask the professional about which lubricants are safe for you.
- Glycerol normally only affects women who are prone to fungal infections.
- Symptoms of infection include: vaginal irritation and itching, pain during sex and urination, pain and tenderness in the vagina, swelling and redness of the vulva, and vaginal sores and discharge.
- If the lubricant dries out during use, moisten it with a little water.
- Water-based lubricants do not stain fabrics.
- While the use of lubricant can minimize vaginal dryness during sex, it is important to treat the problem with a long-term vaginal moisturizer.