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Pleasure 101

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How can lubricant help improve sex?

Expert:   Isabel Blumberg, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist »

Does lube make sex better? Which lube should you use? Watch this to learn about the different types of intimate lubricant.

Transcript: Aside from a condom, a bottle of lube can be your sex life’s best friend, particularly if vaginal dryness is a problem, or anal sex is your thing. Sexual lubricants create a slippery skin surface, plain and simple. So if vaginal lubrication is sub-optimal, as can happen when a woman is breast feeding for instance, sexual lubricants can be of great benefit. Use water-or silicone based lubricants if you’re also using condoms, - both water based and silicone lubricants are compatible with latex products. If you want to try a “fancy’ water or silicone based lubricant, read the packaging carefully, or better yet, ask the pharmacist if that particular version of lubricant is “condom safe”. [On-screen text: For proper condom use always follow package instructions] If condoms are not in play, you may also consider oil based sexual lubricants. You must AVOID oil- based lubricants if condoms ARE in play because they can WEAKEN the condom. [On-screen text: Oil-based lubricants may weaken latex condoms] While designed for use during sexual penetration in situations of vaginal dryness, or to minimize chafing of the penis, lubricants may also be used during foreplay, enhancing genital stimulation when applied flirtatiously in advance of “sexual insertion”. For anal sex, lube is highly recommended to reduce tearing of the delicate anal skin. Unlike the vagina, the anus does not spontaneously lubricate with sexual penetration. When it comes to using lubricants to enhance your sexuality, be safe, be smart, and have fun! More »

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