Why Lube Is So Important During Sex

If you use lube during sex, you’re not alone. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 70% of men use it with their partners, and for good reason. If you don’t reach for it before getting down and dirty, you’re making a sexual mistake that can result in less pleasure for both you and your partner. With that in mind, here are 11 important reasons why you need to lube it up.

  1. It’s just as important as condoms. You know you have to use condoms to ensure safer sex, but lube can contribute to keeping you and your partner STI-free. Although lube should never be used as a substitute for condoms (that’s just silly), it does ensure that sexual friction is minimized, reducing cuts and scrapes in the genital area which make it easier for bacteria and STIs to enter the body.
  2. It improves sexual pleasure for her. You want your partner to enjoy sex with you and part of this is ensuring sex is comfortable for her. Lube helps to maintain the smooth, lubricated feeling that encourages greater sexual satisfaction. Research backs this up. In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that women who used lubricants during sex reported lower instances of genital symptoms such as burning or pain during sex. If you’re using condoms, they can increase vaginal dryness, so lube is a must to keep chafing and discomfort at bay.
  3. It prevents accidents. Friction during sex can wreck your condoms, making tears more likely. Apply lube before sex to prevent rips and tears, which can put you at risk of STIs and unwanted pregnancies. Just make sure you’re using a water-based lubricant that won’t degrade the condom quality.
  4. It boosts your sexual pleasure. It’s a myth to think that using lube during sex only gives women pleasure. You can also boost your sexual pleasure by slathering it on before sex. Lube prevents damage to the delicate tissues of the penis, while also making sex feel wetter and better. This means intercourse can last longer.
  5. It makes orgasms happen. Lube isn’t just about boosting arousal – it can be great even if you’re both turned on and raring to go. A study conducted by the Center for Sexual Health at Indiana University found that lube makes it 50% easier for both men and women to reach orgasm.
  6. It’s great for foreplay. Don’t forget about using lube during foreplay! Foreplay is an important pre-sex event that encourages pleasure and arousal. Choosing the right kind of lube for foreplay can be great to increase sexual sensations, like opting for a warming lubricant that creates tingles or an oil lubricant that you can use for giving your partner sensual massages.
  7. It’s a must for anal sex. If you’re interested in trying anal sex with your partner, don’t go there without lube! Anal sex requires more lubrication than vaginal sex because the anus doesn’t self-lubricate like the vagina does. You also don’t want to risk any tears that can lead to a painful, uncomfortable experience. Using lots of lube and reapplying it during the act can make anal sex much more pleasurable for both of you.
  8. It makes things more intimate. There’s something really sexy about applying lube onto your partner’s genitals and body. This in itself can get you both aroused in a similar way to how turned on you feel when you let your partner roll the condom over your penis. It makes things more intimate because you’re exploring each other’s bodies.
  9. It makes condoms feel better. If you hate condoms because they reduce sexual sensations, lube can help! Just by adding a bit of lube to the inside of the condom, you can make things feel smoother and more pleasurable during sex.
  10. It’s better than saliva during oral sex. When a woman gives you oral sex, chances are she relies on her saliva to keep things feeling smooth down there. Flavored lube can be better. It creates much more wetness while also preventing your partner’s jaw from stiffening. In other words, oral sex can last longer!
  11. It makes sex toys more pleasurable. If you and your partner love using sex toys, bring lube to the party. Lube can help to make the sex toy feel better and more comfortable. However, make sure that you stick to water-based lube that won’t damage the sex toy. It’s also really easy to clean afterward. If you want a more luxurious sensation, however, a hybrid lube that contains water and a small amount of silicone in it will intensify your feeling of pleasure. However, avoid a silicone-based lube if your sex toys are made of silicone as this can wreck them over time.