Q&A: Best lubricant to use with latex condoms?

Here are some more Twitter sex Q&A versions. Given how easily old posts get “lost” on Twitter, I thought I’d re-post some of them here in longer form.

Best lube for use w/ latex condoms? Silicone based or water based? Thank you for your help as usual.

Either one, doesn’t matter…. water-based is easier clean-up though….

In our research study that involved more than 2,400 women using water-based and silicone-based lubricants, we found that ratings of sexual pleasure and satisfaction during masturbation, vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse and sex toy use were very high wither either lube type. In other words: much of this has to do with personal preference. Clearly, using lube had advantages over not using lube though. This doesn’t mean that people should always use lube when they have sex, but I do think it’s a good idea to keep it around in case you want/need some.

This became *very* apparent to me while reading more of the graphic novel Paying for It last night (the main character has sex with a female sex worker who is apparently quite dry but doesn’t seem to want to use lube, and it bothers him for various reasons – plus it’s not comfortable). But I digress.

Bottom line: either lube option is fine for use with or without condoms.

I wrote back and then got this follow-up question:

Why is it that you are supposed to use water-based lube for toys?

Silicone & silicone don’t mix, causes microscopic tiny little tears in the toys, not good for harboring bacteria, etc. Hence, water-based lubricant is recommended for silicone-based sex toys. If your toy isn’t made of silicone, though, it opens up other possibilities for what type of lube you want to use.

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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.