Ah, lube. This slippery tool is a major game changer—and for some an essential. What was once considered an embarrassing sex add-on on is, these days, routine, says Alyssa Dweck , MD, a gynecologist in New York. But you might want to take a beat before you reach for a slippery household substance to take its place. In fact, experts say putting any old lube substitute up there is a major no-go. Even seemingly harmless stand-ins can contain allergens, deteriorate your skin, or interfere with condoms , says Maureen Whelihan, MD, an ob-gyn at the Center for Sexual Health and Education.
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Subscriber Account active since. Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook! Lubricant can be a great tool to make sex feel better , since it can help prevent painful friction. But not all lubes are created equal.
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Lube is always a great idea during sex. Lube, which is short for lubricant, enhances pleasure and prevents pain and chafing during sex. The good news is that olive oil is likely safe to use during sex. Olive oil can cause the condom to break. Otherwise, you can try using olive oil as lube, but be warned — the oil can stain your sheets and clothing.
Personal lubricants colloquially termed lube are specialized lubricants used during sexual acts , such as intercourse and masturbation , to reduce friction to or between the penis and vagina , anus or other body parts or applied to sex toys to reduce friction or to ease penetration. Surgical or medical lubricants or gels, which are similar to personal lubricants but not usually referred to or labelled as "personal" lubricants, may be used for medical purposes such as speculum insertion or introduction of a catheter. The primary difference between personal and surgical lubricants is that surgical lubricants are thicker, sterile gels, typically containing a bacteriostatic agent. Water-based personal lubricants are water- soluble and are the most widely used personal lubricants. The earliest water-based lubricants were cellulose ether or glycerin solutions.