Lubrication helps encourage condom use and avoid condom breakage. There are 3 ways to provide lubrication—natural vaginal secretions, adding a lubricant safe for use with condoms, or using condoms packaged with lubricant on them. Clean water and saliva can be used for lubrication. The lubricants packaged with condoms are usually made of silicone. Silicone lubricants are also packaged separately. Lubricants made with water or glycol also are available and may be less expensive.
Using Additional Lubricant With Lubricated Condoms
Condoms can be an effective means of both birth control and of protecting against sexually transmitted infections STIs. So if you're already practicing this method of safe sex, good for you! But what else can you do to make your sexual experience even better? Might more lube help? Or if your condom comes pre-lubricated, does that mean you don't need an additional form of lubrication?
Using lubricant inside the condom
Silicone lubricants are super-slippery, as they are chemically hydrophobic. These silicone lubes, tend to retain lubrication longer than water-based lubricants. Similar to our other lubricants, many people are allergic to silicone lubricant. So when trying silicone lube for the first time, be sure to test a small sample on a patch of skin before you use it on even more sensitive areas.
Guys often complain that they don't like wearing condoms. According to Kerner, there are three factors every guy should consider when buying condoms: finding a rubber that fits well, thickness, and texture. A snug condom is as important in maximizing pleasure as it is in protecting against sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.