Hello #MomentumLovers. It’s me, Dr. Drai, talking about sex and sexual health to keep you safe, happy, and healthy. I get questions in my inbox about lubricants ALL the time. That’s why I created my own line MOMENTUM. Let me answer the common questions that I get.
- What are the differences between water-based lube, silicone-based lube, flavored lubes, and oil-based lubes? Can you use all of them with condoms or sex toys?
Water-based lubes are easy to clean up (YAY!), compatible with all condoms, and safe for all sex toys. Silicone lubes last longer, are extra slippery, and can be used with condoms as well. They are great for fun in the water. Make sure you check out our Momentum water-based and silicone-based lubricants. However, Silicone lube can’t be used with silicone made sex toys. Oil-based lubes are a No No unless you are in a monogamous relationship. Oil breaks latex condoms. Flavored lubes are great for Oral Play ONLY. Don’t put flavors in the vagina. This may cause an infection down there.
- What are some good options for people who might be allergic to latex or other materials?
Now using non-latex condoms is common. There are condoms on the market made from polyurethane, polyisoprene, nitrile and lambskin. You can use oil-based lubricants with lambskin condoms. FYI Lambskin condoms unlike the other condoms do not protect you against STDs. Silicone lubes work better with condoms made from polyurethane, polyisoprene, and nitrile. Non-latex condoms are coming… Stay tuned.
- How about options for people who are trying to be eco-friendly?
Let’s go natural with lambskin condoms. These condoms are made from sheep intestines. Momentum water-based lubricant is natural- made without parabens, fragrances, flavors or hormones. Give it a try!
- How can you introduce the topic of lube with your partner if you've never used it before?
When you are introducing anything NEW in your relationship, you must take baby steps. Just try lube for masturbation with yourself first. Tell your partner how it made you feel. Then try mutual masturbation between both of you using lube. Once they experience the sensation too, your partner will be saying YES to your next lube extravaganza. Lube makes everything easy.
- Do you recommend a particular variety of lube for anal sex, especially if you've never had anal sex before and are new to it?
The anus doesn’t self-lubricate like the vagina so you will definitely have to use lube for anal play. Silicone-based lubes are best because they last longer. There’s no need to stop and re-lube up when you are already in motion.
- Coconut oil is sometimes touted as a safe, natural form of lube. Do you recommend it? Why or why not?
I heart Coconut Oil; it’s one of my secrets. The oil from coconuts is a great lubricate AND it even has antibacterial properties. However, you CANNOT use it with latex condoms though.
- Are there any particular varieties you recommend for solo sex?
You can use water, silicone, or a combo- silicone/water-based lubes for masturbation. Have you tried the Momentum silicone-based lubricants yet? It’s my FAV.
- What are some misconceptions people have about lube?
I have heard it all. “Lube is only for dry vaginas. Lube is already in a condom, why do I need more. All lube is the same. I’m trying to have a baby so lube can’t be used.” None of these are true by the way. Any questions about lubricants OR condoms, just ask me on IG… Go to Instagram.com/MagnifyMomentum.
Thank you for reading this #MomentumLovers! As always...I'm Dr. Drai a board-certified OBGYN, sexual health expert, and founder of Momentum Intimacy. Through my FDA-approved condom & lubricant line called Momentum, I help people improve their intimacy and have a more satisfying sex life.