Friction is the arch nemesis of sex. This is doubly true for anal sex. Penetrative pleasure requires a smooth, friction-less glide. This is where lubricants come to the rescue.
Before your grab the bottle of lube, it’s important to know what types of lube work best with condoms. Not all lubricants are made with the same ingredients. If you aren’t careful, you might accidentally compromise your protection.
Using Lube with condoms: Facts & Tips for Safe Sex.
Using condoms during anal sex is one of the best ways to avoid contracting or transmitting HIV. Unfortunately, some lubricants can break down latex condoms, exposing you and your partner to greater risk. Use these #LubeLife tips to make better backdoor love (safely):
· Use silicone-based lube for longer, wetter sex. While there’s nothing wrong with water-based lube (it’s the safest option out there), many couples prefer using silicone-based lube for anal activities. Silicone lube lasts longer than water-based lube, so you won’t have to worry about reapplying it multiple times per session. Additionally, it lasts longer in water, making it great for spontaneous shower sex.
· Apply lube to both the missile and the target (if you know what we mean). The more the better!
· Adding a few drops of water or silicone-based lube IN the condom can increase sensitivity and pleasure for the partner doing the pushing.
One last thing about your lube options: Like we mentioned above, silicone-based lube lasts longer than water-based lube. However, it’s also more messy and difficult to clean up. We recommend trying Hybrid Lube (Remix Water + Silicone) to see what you and your partner(s) prefer. After safety concerns are out of the way, it’s all about preference.
Is Lube Really Necessary? Or Can You Skip It?
We believe lube makes any sex-related activity more enjoyable. But if you’re having anal sex, lube is an absolute requirement.
For starters, your booty doesn’t self-lubricate. Vaginas do, but butts don’t. Second, the rectum is incredibly sensitive and its tissues are thin and easily damaged. Tears and skin damage in and around the rectum dramatically increase the risk of HIV transmission (plus, it’s just fucking painful!).
If you live a very spontaneous lifestyle and never know when or where you’re going to have sex next, it might be tempting to rely on spit as a lubricant. While saliva can certainly reduce friction, it dries up very quickly. We recommend carrying a small travel size bottle of lube for your most impulsive moments.
Using Lube is just straight up common sense
In the 21st century, there’s no reason to not maximize pleasure and minimize risk. Using a condom during sex (especially anal sex) is the safest way to prevent STDs like HIV. Using the right kind of lube will help you forget the condom is even there and increase the comfort/safety of your partner.
LGBT centers, health clinics, and Planned Parenthood's frequently supply free condoms and lube, so make sure to stock up!
If you’d like to purchase some long-lasting, condom-friendly lube perfect for your lifestyle, check out our recommendations.