In our opinion, there isn’t a sexual experience that can’t be improved with a little bit of extra lubrication. For starters, it can help make sex more comfortable, especially when you’re feeling a bit dry down there.

And those dry spells are way more common than you might think. In fact, dips in estrogen levels throughout a woman’s monthly cycle can mean she is naturally less lubricated.

Why use lube?

The right lubricant can give you the confidence to be more creative and try new things. And most important, it makes things more fun! Read on to discover our reasons why it’s time you got to grips with lube, or head over to our lube buying guide for some handy lube FAQs.

So, why use lube? Here are 6 fantastic reasons to get you started:

  • It gets things moving
  • It makes foreplay more fun
  • It can be used with sex toys
  • Helps prevent chaffing during longer sessions
  • It can help stop condoms from breaking
  • It's good for men and women

1. It gets things moving

We’ve all been there. You’re about to get down with a partner you’re really into, but ‘down there’ didn’t seem to have gotten the memo.

There are loads of reasons why you might be a little dry, and all of them are completely normal. Remember ladies, vaginal dryness can happen at any age, and at any time. You might be feeling a bit anxious or stressed out, maybe you’re at a certain point in your monthly cycle or you may have just finished a course of meds.

Whatever the cause, lube can help. It keeps things moving in the right direction, so you can focus on just being present and enjoying the moment. And more importantly it can make things feel so much better.

2. It makes foreplay more fun

Think lube is only for the main event? Think again. Adding a little lubrication early on is a great way to get things off to a good start. There are loads of imaginative ways to use lube in your foreplay routine, but we’re particularly partial to a sensual massage.

Set the scene with some relaxing music and mood lighting, and then choose your favorite massage gel or lube. Warm it in your hands and then slowly work your way over your partner’s body, taking time over every curve and contour. We like to start with places that hold tension, like the shoulders, neck and back, before moving down to more intimate areas.

3. It can be used with sex toys

The great thing about lube is its versatility. It’s great with one person, lots of people, or even when you fancy a little ‘me time’. One of our favorite ways to use it is with sex toys. Applying some lube to a vibrator can add a totally different fluid dimension to masturbation, helping you to climax more quickly and play around with new sensations and experiences.

It’s worth noting that any sex toy or vibrator that’s made of silicone will need a water-based lube as silicone-based lubricants can deteriorate soft rubber.

4. It helps you keep going for longer

As much as we all love a hot, spontaneous quickie, nothing beats those long, passionate sessions where time and your inhibitions go out the window and you really let go.

To make sure chafing and dryness don’t spoil your fun, lube is a must. It helps keep things nice and wet, so you can switch between positions, try new things, and enjoy every single minute.

5. It can stop condoms from breaking

You might not think you need it but using lube with a condom is actually a pretty smart idea. Lubrication helps to reduce friction which is a key factor in condom breakage. If used correctly, condoms are 98% effective against STIs and unwanted pregnancy, so it makes sense to make sure they work.

6. It's good for men and women

One of our favorite tips is to lube up before you go down. It can be hard to muster enough spit to fully lubricate oral sex, so lube can be a real game changer for both sexes. For added spice, try a flavored lube and really get things going.

Here at Durex, we think we all deserve to have great sex, which is why we’ve made sure we’ve got something for everyone.

Lube and condoms

Durex Play Feel Lube and Durex Saucy Strawberry are suitable to use with condoms. But you should always read the label on the bottle just to make sure. If the label does say you’re good to go, then simply add the lube to the outside of the condom once it’s on.

With a wide range of condoms designed to bring out all sorts of pleasure, the right fit is all it takes to intensify your sex life.

Want to know more about all things sex? Our Explore Sex blog has everything you need to know from the things they don’t teach you at school all the way through to switching up positions. Ready to make a purchase? Head over and check out the full Durex lubricant range now. So, what are you waiting for… let's lube!