Water based lube (also known as water soluable lubricant) can help to enhance and make sex more comfortable. Perhaps the biggest benefit of water based lubricant is that it is compatible with condoms. This is because unlike oil based lubricants, water based lube will not degrade latex condoms. Because it helps to reduce friction, water based lube can help make condoms feel more comfortable and even reduce the risk of breakage. If you rely on latex condoms for your birth control, water based lube is a safe and widely available choice. It is also great to use if you dislike the sticky residue that some silicone based lubricants can leave on your skin. Water based lube washes off easily with a little soap and water.
However, there are a few points to keep in mind. Water based lubricants may evaporate more quickly than other types, so be prepared to reapply more often. They also do not typically work very well when used in water. Many water based lubes are made with glycerin, which could be irritating to some people, particularly those with sensitive skin. You should always read the label carefully if you know that you are sensitive to certain ingredients. Organic lube may be a good option for you if you are concerned about parabens and other additives.
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