Lubricants are a great addition to intimacy, whether as a necessity or just an accessory. They can enhance sensation and enjoyment as well as aid penetration and reduce pain.
A lack of lubrication during intimacy is quite common and can happen for a number of reasons. It doesn’t necessarily even indicate a lack of arousal or interest. Each individual’s lubrication can vary depending on different hormone levels that can be affected at any age, during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. Childbirth, breastfeeding, stress, or certain cancer treatments can also contribute to a lack of spontaneous lubrication. As a result, sex can be uncomfortable or even painful.
How does a lubricant work?
A lubricant works by adding moisture to intimate tissues, creating a smooth natural glide and removing the risk of rough friction or tears. With that, lubricants can help to remove the fear of uncomfortable sex and can really help with relaxation and enjoyment (which is what sex is all about!)
What should I consider when choosing a lubricant?
There are so many different products out there to choose from, but it’s worth noting that not all lubricants are created equal.
When choosing a lubricant you should consider avoiding those that contain synthetically derived ingredients, parabens, glycerine or glycols - as these ingredients can cause skin irritation, bacterial infections and even inhibit moisture production. Instead we recommend you opt for a natural, pH matched, hypoallergenic lubricant.
Using a product that matches the correct vaginal pH is particularly important, as the acidic pH helps to regulate the amount of good bacteria in the vagina, which in turn helps to prevent infections or irritation. Using a product that is not pH matched can disrupt the balance of good bacteria, which can increase the risk of infection.
Using a lubricant to help insert your menstrual cup
Aside from enhancing or enabling sex, lubricants are also a great way to help comfortably insert sex toys, dilators or even menstrual cups!
The first time you insert a menstrual cup can seem a bit scary, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it’s quite easy.
Learn the proper ‘folding’ technique for your cup (Lunette has a great blog post on ‘how to fold your cup’) and then relax. To help make insertion easier and more comfortable, we recommend you try using a water-based lubricant.
Simply squeeze some YES WB water based lubricant onto your cup or directly onto your vaginal opening and vestibule, then slip the folded cup inside you.
Some of our favorite lubricants are YES WB, a water based lubricant that works to hydrate and replenish moisture during intercourse; YES OB, a plant-oil based lubricant that contains natural oils such as shea and cocoa butter which create a smooth, longer-lasting glide while nourishing your intimate tissues; and YES BUT, an anal lubricant specifically matched to the rectal pH.
Please note that you can only use a water-based lubricant with your silicone menstrual cup.
For more information on the YES product range, click here.
For more information on Lunette Menstrual Cups, click here.