What is Lube?

Lube is short for lubricant, and in this context lube means personal lubricant or sexual lubricant and helps to make things wetter and slipperier. The first thing that might come to mind for some people would be KY Jelly. KY Jelly was developed as a medical lubricant and is a good starting point when delving into the world of sexual lubricants, but there are many more options and many more products that are a lot more fun!

You can see just how big the selection of lubricants is at FunLoveToys.com.

What is Sex Lube used for?

Sexual lubricant is used to make sex wetter! You can use it to make handjobs better, you can use tasty blowjob lube to make blowjobs taste better or he can use it on you, you can use it also to make vaginal sex slipperier, you should always use it for anal sex, you can use lubes for massage, you can put lube between your breasts for titty-fucking. Basically anywhere there is sex and friction, add some lube and it just gets better!

Originally it might have been used mostly in cases of "vaginal dryness", but these days we are way past that stigma. Also, it should always be used with condoms. Condoms have the unfortunate effect of drying out sex, so it is very important to use a good water based lube with condoms to prevent breakage.

Different Types of Lube

There are many different types of lube. Flavoured lube and plain (that usually doesn't taste so good). Warming, cooling and normal. There is oil based lube, silicon based, water based. Lube can be thick and gooey or thin and watery or oily and basically any consistency in between.

Water Based - Water based lubes are often basically just a mixture of glycerin or other sugar based compounds, a form of cellulose and water (with a bunch of other ingredients as preservatives, etc). While water based lubes are ok for many women, in some the sugar can trigger or worsen yeast infections (sugar being the food for yeast).
There are water based lubes that are glycerin free for anyone who has trouble with lubricants containing glycerin. Water based lubes are safe with condoms, but be sure to apply more when needed.

Flavoured Lube - Flavoured lube is generally water based. Because it almost always contains sugar variants, it should only be used externally (to avoid yeast infection).

Oil Based - Oil based lubes are generally just oil - petroleum derived or plant/animal extracts. Oil based lubes will last longer and are great for anyone who has any problems with the additives in water or silicone based lubes. However, oil based lubes can leave a coating on your sensitive inner skin and allow bacteria to build up - oil is best left for massages or external masturbation. Also it is not safe for use with condoms.

Silicone Based - Silicone based lubes are condom safe and last a long time (ie. do not dry up). Silicone lubes have the same problem with oil lubes in that they are hard to clean off and silicone lube should never be used with silicone toys.

Sensitivity to Sexual Lubricants

Some people may be sensitive to lube and will find that when they put lube inside their pussy, inside their ass or on their cock they feel a burning sensation. If you feel a burning sensation from lube then you are best advised to stop using that product and try something different. If you have trouble with multiple brands then you should try a hypo-allergenic lubricant. If you are a woman then you should tell your gynaecologist about your reaction and he/she may have a recommendation for you.

Also, have a look at this great selection of natural sexual lubricants, my favorite for a while being Sliquid.

Burning in any other situation may be a symptom of something other than an allergy, in which case it is always good to talk to your doctor.