What is lubricant?

Lubricant, also known as lube, is a substance that is used to reduce friction during sexual activities, such as masturbation, vaginal or anal intercourse, and the use of sex toys. It is typically a viscous, slippery substance that can be applied to the genital area, sex toys, or other body parts to make them easier to insert or stimulate.

Lubricant can be water-based, silicone-based, oil-based, or made from natural ingredients. Water-based lubricants are the most common type and are often recommended for use with latex condoms and sex toys. Silicone-based lubricants are long-lasting and do not dry out as quickly as water-based lubricants, but may not be safe for use with silicone sex toys. Oil-based lubricants can be used for various sexual activities but may weaken latex condoms and increase the risk of condom breakage.

Using lubricant can make sexual activities more comfortable and pleasurable, and can reduce the risk of discomfort or injury due to friction. It can also make it easier to use sex toys or perform certain sexual activities, especially for people who may not produce enough natural lubrication.

Types of Lubricants