Below are common health related questions that Jenn, Shafia and HIPE receive, we wanted to provide a space for easily accessible answers. If you have a question, click the box above to ask!
Lubrication in general is used to decrease friction. Sexually, lubrication can be used for manual stimulation (hand job or fingering), vaginal sex, or anal sex to decrease the amount of friction the participants feel. Less friction increases pleasure and lowers the risk of a condom breaking. When people with vaginas become sexually aroused, they usually produce lubrication naturally from the walls of the vagina. However, some people don’t produce any or enough lubrication, so store bought lubrication can be used during manual stimulation (either with a partner or alone) or vaginal sex.
Condoms can be purchased with or without lubrication-it is a personal preference. Lubrication can be added at any time, whether the condom is lubrication free or not.
Lubrication during anal sex is more necessary because, unlike the vagina, the anus doesn’t produce lubrication naturally. Nor does it get larger in size during stimulation like the vagina does. Lubrication used with a condom can greatly reduce risk of condom breakage, as well as increase pleasure. As well as increase pleasure, lubrication can also reduce the discomfort and the risk of micro tears (which can increase the risk of contracting STI’s)
Finally, it’s important to use lubricant that is actually sold as lubricant and not to use lotions that you may have at home. Especially with the use of condoms, as oil based lubricant can break down latex condoms.