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What are condoms lubricated with?

Expert:   Logan Levkoff Ph.D, Sex Educator »

Condom lube is necessary for great sex. Whether it's water-based lubricant or silicone-based lubricant, it's important to have lube on hand. Learn more!

Transcript: Lubricants reduce friction during sex resulting in fewer broken condoms AND may contribute to greater sexual pleasure, so it makes sense that many condoms are pre-lubricated right off the shelves.Latex condoms are lubricated with EITHER a water or silicone-based lube. You’ll NEVER see a latex condom pre-lubricated with anything oil-based, because oil can DEGRADE the condom and reduce its effectiveness. Water-based lube washes off very easily. If it ever dries up during sex, add a little water to revive it. A study conducted by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University [GFX shows IU logo w/copy: Center for Sexual Health Promotion] showed fewer reports of genital pain with people using water-based lubes, but lubricants containing glycerin MIGHT cause yeast infections if a woman is prone to them.Silicone-based lubes last longer, but need to be washed off with soap and water. Left on the skin for too long, they might cause irritation. Also, be careful of using a silicone-lubed condom on a silicone sex toy…it could degrade the toy. Condoms lubricated with a spermicide such as Nonoxynol 9 offer extra protection against pregnancy. But, spermicide doesn’t offer any additional protection against STIs.Some people find spermicide to cause vaginal or anal irritation. In fact, spermicide condoms carry a warning that says they’re not for rectal use or more than once-a-day vaginal use. Use regularly lubed condoms if you’re concerned about this. More »

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