When selecting a lube it is imperative that you select a condom friendly lube. Choosing a lube that does not interact correctly with your condom can spell disaster. The condom can break and those using it for contraceptive purposes will be most anxious.
A condom is a condom is a condom, right? Just there for protection against unplanned pregnancy and STIs, a barrier method of contraception that’s been around for literally thousands of years. If you fancy learning about the long and illustrious history of the sheath, then just do a quick Google, it’s all there and it’s pretty fascinating. But anyway, back to 2021 and the sophisticated options that we have today. But condoms on their own don’t always do the trick, there are loads of people out there who experience vaginal dryness, or are using the condoms for anal sex. Some condoms come with extra lube, but even that’s not enough sometimes. There’s no shame about vaginal dryness, it’s a common thing and it’s usually to do with female hormones – some women have it just before their period and it’s also a common side effect of the menopause. But we can put the days of being uncomfortable during sex behind us because there’s a very large selection of all kinds of lubes available, from straightforward gel lubes to flavoured ones and ones with extra sensations involved. You can test them out and find the best ones for you.
The condom splitting or breaking during sex is a nightmare scenario for lots of people. After all, they’re using a condom for a reason. It might come as a surprise, but lack of lubrication is the third most common cause of condoms splitting – that’s a nightmare scenario for most people – so sticking to the ‘prevention is better than cure’ maxim is a very good idea. How can this be achieved? Well, one method is to use plenty of lube, even if you think you don’t need it. It’s a rare situation where you have too much lube, and there are so many advantages to having it handy in the bedroom.
Or perhaps you’re just looking for a little something extra to make things more interesting between the sheets, some more stimulation, for example. If that’s the case, then you don’t need to feel like that you only have one choice of lube – oh no, there are plenty on the market which will do this job just fine. And if it’s new sensations or new experiences that you’re after, check out your lube options carefully.
However, before you make the final choice there’s one thing that you have to make absolutely sure of, and that’s being sure that your lube is condom friendly. Using the wrong one means you inadvertently putting yourself at risk of condom breakage either through increased friction, or because the lube will essentially dissolve the whole thing. Eeeek! Basically, if you’re relying on condoms for contraception then choosing a suitable lube to go with them is imperative and it’s not hard to understand why. With that being said, let’s have a look at some of the options out there.
Liquid Silk. This one is top of the range in the condom friendly lube stakes. It’s water-based, non-tacky and dual purposed – you can use it for protection ensuring a smooth, silk-like lube for slippery comfort during intercourse or foreplay, or even massage. This condom friendly lube has been specifically produced to reduce the chances of skin irritation, which as you can imagine leads to a far better bedroom experience. It’s also discreet and colourless – no worries about staining any sheets. It comes in 250ml and 50ml bottles, or there’s a trial sachet you can get if you’re still hedging your lubrication bets.
Durex Play Aloe Vera. If you’re looking for something that’s going to be gentle and softening on the skin, then this could be your answer. It’s been specially formulated to be skin-friendly so it’s ideal for those who are looking for a gentle, non-irritating lube which is also condom friendly.
Are you after a condom that does more than one job? For those men who would like to delay their orgasm a little, then there’s the condom friendly Pasante Delay Effect lube. Just a quick spray on is all it takes and there are no chemicals added here (i.e. no lidocaine/benzocaine).
Durex Play Tingling. This is 50ml of tingling, stimulating lube designed to really get you in the mood. Depending on how much tingling you’re planning, you can buy it in packs of 1, 2 or 4. Durex Saucy Play also fits neatly into this category as well.
Durex Play Massage. Another 2 in 1 condom friendly lube, ideal for gentle, sensual massages as well as creating a smooth, slippery feel when you use it on a condom.
If a lot of lube isn’t really what you’re after and you’re just looking for a simple product, then the Pasante Gentle Light lube could be the one for you. It comes in 75ml bottles and in packs of either 1, 2 or 4.
All of these products mean that you don’t have to compromise on safety OR sensation. Win-win!