by Gina Colonette, sexual health blogger
Boom! Bam! Boom! Those are the fireworks that will be going off in your bedroom the next time you have sex or masturbate. Just grab a bottle of lube (personal lubricant) and you’ll be on your way to sexual pleasure. It may seem far-fetched, but a recent study done by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University says lubricants can increase your pleasure during sex.
The nearly 2,500 women who participated in this study did a daily diary of their sexual activity. They found that all six water-based and silicon-based lubricants tested increased their sexual satisfaction and pleasure when used during sexual activities.
In the past, most people thought lubricant use was only for women who “needed” it because of vaginal dryness or pain, says Erin Hoschouer, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and Director of Training for Pure Romance. This study has cleared up misconceptions about lubricant usage.
“We found across the board with these six lubricants that when women use it, it didn’t matter in which sexual capacity whether it was with a partner, a toy, oral favors, masturbation, anal play, none of that mattered,” Hoschouer says. “When they did use it it was far more pleasurable and satisfying than when they didn’t and the rate of irritation was so low for every lubricant that it goes to show that it’s safe to use on a continual basis.”
Pure Romance is the nation’s largest in-home party company specializing in relationship enhancement products, including lubricants and bedroom accessories. They have been working with the Center for Sexual Health Promotion for the past six years helping to fund research projects that aren’t being studied elsewhere.
Using a lubricant to increase your pleasure is pretty simple, but being lubricant-savvy can help you to use the right lubricant in the right situation. Pure Romance categorizes their lubricants as being either for playful usage or everyday usage.
“Everyday lubricants are the water-based, silicone-based like the products they had in the study which are really safe for every type of sexual activity, every type of experience and every type of woman,” Hoschouer says.
Using a playful lubricant, like a warming or tingling lubricant, in place of an every day one can result in irritation. Hoschouer says some lubricants are better than others in certain situations. Here are some of her tips:
- Water-based lubricants are good for everyday love making, penetration with a toy and self-pleasure for a woman.
- Silicon-based lubricants tend to be long lasting. “Really great for water play activities and they’re especially great for anal play because they have that long lasting component in the area of the body that doesn’t self-lubricate naturally,” says Hoschouer.
- Warming/Creamy/Tingling lubricants are better for playful activities like oral favor, masturbation and use of a toy externally for men and women.
- Lubricated condoms and lubricants work well, but don’t be afraid to add some of your “trusted” lubricant to a lubricated condom. You can’t be sure of the amount and quality of the lubricant used by the condom brand.
Oil-based lubricants are also an option. Be sure to use them with non-latex condoms as they can cause latex condoms to tear. Make sure when choosing a lubricant you check out the ingredients, some may not be oil-based yet contain oil.
Whether you are using a lubricant alone or with your partner, it should be a friction-free experience from excitement to pure pleasure.
For more information on the study check out the Journal of Sexual Medicine.