MSP Q&A: Flavored lubricant

Not long ago I answered a question from a young woman who was looking for advice on using flavored lubricants for oral sex and also whether they would be messy. Here was my response:

There are many different types of lubricants on the market. During sex education programs I have conducted for college students, we have sometimes tried “flavored lube taste tests”. Most often, women and men don’t think that flavored lube is all that tasty. They find that some taste just like cough medicine!

However, some do taste good. Of those I’ve given to others to do “taste tests” with, people most often like the Climax Fruit Bomb brand (blue raspberry is a popular flavor) or the brand that goes by Good Head in some stores and Great Head in others. Other times, rather than use a flavored lube, some people might use flavored powders – Dust Me Pink from Pure Romance is a popular (and, I think, tasty) example.

Other times, people find that they prefer flavored condoms. In any case, if you are old enough (at least 18) you might be able to go to an adult bookstore or women’s sex boutique and try sample packs of flavored lubricants, or see if you can buy them on the internet. In Chicago, Early to Bed, Tulip and G Boutique are popular women-oriented sex boutiques. In NYC and Seattle, Babeland is a well-liked women’s shop. In San Francisco and Brookline, Mass., there’s Good Vibrations. Most of these shops sell products via the web, too.

As for the messy factor, you can make it less messy by not using much. If you try flavored lube, try starting out with a dime-sized dab or lube or less – a little can go a long way. Keeping a towel or tissue nearby can help, too. You probably know this already, but you can get (or transmit) sexually transmissible infections (STI) through oral sex, so if you’re not sure if either of you has an infection, use a condom and suggest you both get tested.

I hope this is helpful.

Best,
Debby

If you have a question about sex or relationships, send it to me! Your confidentiality will be respected.

[The original Q&A are posted on the Yahoo Questions web site.]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • http://early2bed.com/ searah

    Personally, I think that O’My flavored lubes are pretty tasty. They have a cappuccino flavor that is really quite yummy… for lube that is. Also, unlike a lot of flavored lubes, these are pretty safe & healthy for lady-bodies!

    xoxo

  • http://early2bed.com searah

    Personally, I think that O’My flavored lubes are pretty tasty. They have a cappuccino flavor that is really quite yummy… for lube that is. Also, unlike a lot of flavored lubes, these are pretty safe & healthy for lady-bodies!

    xoxo

  • Debby

    Great tip! I haven’t tried that one.

  • Debby

    Great tip! I haven’t tried that one.