Lubes And Condoms Finally Explained

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Warming, tingling, and cooling lubes are also an option. You might want to hold off with those until you have used regular lubes at least several times, know which ones fit you, and are comfortable with them. These warm/cool/prickly products can greatly enhance the sensation, and crank the experience up a few pleasurable notches. Now let’s talk a bit about lubes and condoms.

Warming Lube Explained

Durex warming lube.

Warming lube.

these are usually water based lubes which warm up on skin contact, or with the body’s natural moisture. Popular warming ingredients include glycerol, propylene glycol, and alcohol. These increase the flow of blood to the area, and create a localized warm sensation.

Cooling Lube Explained

most are based on water, some on silicone. The cooling agents are usually peppermint oil or menthol. They have an immediate cooling effect on the skin, and as an added bonus they can help heal dry skin, soreness, and chafing.

Experimenting with hot and cold sensations (sometimes together!) is a must for any couple looking for a good time. I guarantee that once you start having fun with these lubes, you will lament the fact that you didn’t discover them earlier. They are fun, and they bring a new kind of excitement into your love sessions, whether together or alone.

Desensitizing Lube Explained

these are designed to help men last longer. If premature ejaculation or short endurance time are becoming an issue, you should definitely check it out to see how these lubes can affect your sex life.

Allergic reactions should also be taken into consideration. Know your body! Even natural sexual lubricants may cause allergic reactions. Reactions can be common, especially in vaginal intercourse or play, because the vagina is incredibly sensitive and is highly susceptible. Read the list of ingredients on any lube you are using, to make sure that nothing will interfere with your pleasure.

Condoms And Lubes Explained

Read this and memorize it: lack of proper lubrication is the number one reason for condom failure.

There are four types of male condoms: latex, polyisoprene, polyurethane, and lambskin. There are also female condoms, made of nitrile and latex.

Condom-Lube Breakdown

Recommended Lube


Male –


water, siliconeoil should not be used
Male –


wateroil should not be used

silicone can be used, but is less recommended

Male –


water, siliconeoil can be used, but is less recommended
Male –


water, siliconeoil can be used, but is less recommended

condom prevents pregnancy, but not STIs

Female –


water, silicone, oil
Female –


water, siliconeoil should not be used

Water based lubes are safer and more practical. The only lube which is consistently usable, effective, and reliable is the water-based kind.

As far as condoms which are pre-lubricated: these condoms are usually pre-lubricated with silicone-based lube, since it stands the test of time against water-based ones (due to its unique chemical makeup), and since oil-based lubes are not to be used with latex. Because of this, silicone-based lubes are used with these types of condoms.

Furthermore, some condoms come pre-lubricated with warming or cooling lube. There is no problem here. As mentioned earlier, it can be interested (to say the least) to experiment with the warming and cooling sensations together. If you do use warming or cooling pre-lubed condoms, make sure you don’t desensitize yourself with overheating or overcooling to the point of discomfort. Pleasure is important, but staying healthy is even more important.