Let's talk about a sexual wellness topic that is often overlooked and under-discussed: lube.
Despite the benefits of using lube during self-pleasure and partnered sex, there’s a common misconception that wetness always accompanies arousal. Truth bomb: that’s not always the case.
Everyone responds differently to arousal. And our own arousal responses aren’t static – they’re as varied and complex as we are. Our body’s response to arousal can be impacted by many factors, including: stress, age, birth, trauma, illness, etc. It's perfectly normal to need a little something extra to get the juices (sorry) flowing.
Whether you’re looking to deepen your body exploration practice or counteract sustained dryness, here are some ways using lube can help enhance your sexual pleasure:
1. Increased comfort
Lubrication can reduce friction and irritation, which can make self-pleasure and sex more comfortable for all partners. This is particularly important for individuals who experience vaginal dryness or for couples engaging in extended sexual activity.
2. Improved sensation
Some lubricants are designed to enhance sensation, making sexual activity more pleasurable. This can be especially beneficial for individuals who experience decreased sensitivity or for couples looking to experiment with new sensations.
3. Enhanced safety
Lube can reduce the risk of injury during sexual activity by minimizing the likelihood of tears or irritation to sensitive areas.
4. More variety
Using lube can add a new dimension to your sexual experience, whether you are using it for self-pleasure or partnered intimacy, both internally and externally. Experimenting with different types of lube can also be a fun and exciting way to spice up your pleasure practice.
5. Improved intimacy
Using lube can enhance the intimacy of sexual activity by allowing partners to focus on each other rather than discomfort or irritation. This can lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling sexual experience for all partners.
Whether you are looking to improve comfort, increase sensation, or enhance intimacy, adding lube into your pleasure routine can be a simple and effective way to take your intimacy to the next level.
With so many fantastic personal lubricant options, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few of our favourite body-safe lubes, specially curated by and available at The Lake!