Lubricants are used for many different reasons: they keep things slippery and slidey and cut down on friction which can easily feel like a burning sensation. Many women think that a burning sensation may be a latex allergy when sometimes it can just be that they are either not using a lubricant or not applying enough during use. Also, too, approximately 25% of ALL drugs, both over-the-counter and prescription ones, can cause some sort of vaginal dryness and if your customer is taking an antihistamine to dry out mucus membranes, guess where else it will dry out? Yep. I wish the labels for those would say “If you are sexually active when taking this medication, please use a personal lubricant” but they don’t say that because they think you shouldn’t have sex with a runny nose!
Sometimes, women’s own natural lubrication that occurs upon sexual stimulation, can vary even to the point of none being produced. This certainly doesn’t mean she’s not being turned on, it’s just that the production of lube can change during different times of the month as well as throughout her lifespan. For instance, a 20 year old might not need as much lube as a menopausal or peri-menopausal woman might (peri-menopause means she’s IN menopause which is a process that can happen over several years, ultimately resulting in her not having her period for a year due to decreased estrogen production). What happens during menopause and the naturally occurring loss of estrogen, is that the vaginal walls will become thinner, thus possibly making penetration a little more painful and uncomfortable.
Lubricants can be used therapeutically for women during menopause and after too, and these women can simply apply about a quarter-sized amount onto their fingertips and swirl it around the vaginal walls in the morning and night. What will happen is that the lube will penetrate the vaginal walls and gently increase the moisture that the internal tissue will retain, thus making her much more comfortable even just during the day or when she is not necessarily being sexually active. A thicker lube, like our ID Glide, will work well for this (and pssst… it’s actually a certified 510(k) medical device for this exact use, too).
What a lube generally does is mimic a woman’s own lubrication. Women will tend to be more lubricated during ovulation, in the middle of her menstrual cycle, when her vaginal lubrication tends to “smooth out” and become more slippery. Why? To promote the sperm to swim up the canal to reach that magic egg because basically, all sex is intrinsically designed for procreation. So a slippery lube, like a water based lube or thin silicone lube, will lots of times be the closest to her own natural lubrication and therefore preferred more often by many of you.
Adding a personal lubricant prior to sex (either internal penetration, self-sex, or external stimulation), can make for a much more pleasurable experience for all who use it!
Long Live Lubrication!