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14 Ways to Incorporate Lube Into Your Sex Life

Pro tip: Put lube inside of a condom. Seriously, try it.

The amount of people who don’t use lube during sex is honestly a gdam travesty. That’s because, hello, every sexual encounter can be improved with lube, regardless on if you’re going full-on penetration or not.

It not only makes things just feel a lil better, but it also enhances the experience for both partners depending on what kind of lube you opt for. Call it multi-functional if you will.

If you’re not sure really how to start and what to incorporate into your sex routine, let’s breakdown the major lube categories first: There’s water, oil, petroleum, silicone, and hybrid lubes (which are normally a combo of silicone and water-based lubes), says sexuality educator Tanya Bass.

Generally, you should use water-based lube with latex condoms (since oil-based lubes can actually break down the latex), and silicone lube is great for the shower, pool, and/or anal play since it stays stickier for longer and won’t wash away. (More details on when to use every kind of lube right this way).

Once you decide on the lube best for you and your sexuationship, here are 14 ways to incorporate the gooey goodness in your bedtime play for ultimate pleasure and arousal.

1. Use it for any type of anal play (penetration or not!)

Lube is pretty much a necessity when attempting any sort of anal penetration for obvious reasons, but it should also be used for anal play in-general (think: fingering, rimming, massaging the anus, etc.), recommends Krysta Monet, sexpert and founder of The Feminine Truth. “Adding a little lube onto your favorite butt plug for yourself or partner makes the glide-in a lot easier,” she says.

Plus, if your partner has a prostate, this is like a ~bonus~ pleasure for them.

2. Incorporate it into your handjobs and/or fingering game

Real talk: if the idea of rubbing your dry palms on your partner’s penis—or alternatively, spitting into your hands every few minutes—seems meh, have I got news for you! A generous helping of lube will make even the most awkward hand job giver look like a bona fide handy expert. Lubing up your partner’s penis and your hand will ensure that any movement feels heavenly, and gives you more room to experiment with new techniques.

Same with fingering. Is there anything worse than a clammy finger exploring underneath your underwear when you’re not wet? Nope. Make things easier for both the fingerer and the fingeree by applying some lube to both the receiver’s vulva and clitoris and the giver’s fingertips for maximum sensation sans uncomfy friction.

3. Use it during cunnilingus.

Look, dry mouth happens to the best of us. Whether you’re on certain medications that give you cotton-mouth or you’re just, like, straight up dehydrated, giving and receiving head with a sandpaper tongue is an uncomfortable experience for everyone involved. Add a bit of unflavored (flavored lubes could cause irritation) lube to the receiver’s vulva before diving in, and everyone will be a little bit happier.

Oh, and btw: “This can definitely be beneficial when a barrier such as a dental dam is used to enhance the pleasure for the receiver,” confirms Bass.

4. Use it pre–dry hump sesh

Using lube during an act called dry humping might seem counterintuitive: but bear with me. If you can excuse yourself and sneak off into your bathroom for a second before things get hot and heavy, try applying a little bit of lube to your vulva and clitoris before any dry humping commences. (Pro Tip: If you feel uncomfy about applying lube during sex in front of your partner, perhaps your partner can apply the lube prior to dry humping if the comfort level is reasonable, suggests Bass).

The vagina responds more to pressure rather than friction, sex therapist Cyndi Darnell previously explained to Cosmopolitan. This is but one reason dry humping is considered better than sex to some. By lubing yourself up, you have more room to amp up the pleasure-inducing pressure without the potential of an underwear rug-burn.

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