What can a female-bodied individual do to help with lubrication during penetration?

Dear Looking for Lubrication, 

There are two methods that can help with lubrication- you can try one at a time or combine them. The first option is to try to get your body to produce more lubrication by engaging in extended foreplay to increase arousal before penetration. However, a lot of people find it necessary or more convenient to use lubricant to make penetration more comfortable. Sex toy shops usually have a wide variety of lubes so you can find one that fits your needs, and you can also get free lube at SHARC's office! 

Lube 101: There are three types of lube: water-, silicone-, and oil-based. Oil-based lubes degrade condoms and are hard to clean up, and they're the least commonly used. Water-based lube is safe for all uses and is absorbed into the body, so it doesn't require much cleanup but can get used up quickly and might need to be reapplied. Silicone-based lube is safe for use with condoms but isn't absorbed into the body, so it lasts longer than water-based lube but requires more cleanup after sex. Also, silicone-based lube should not be used with silicone sex toys because it can degrade them. One final thing to remember about lube is that flavored lubes should not be used vaginally because they often contain sweeteners (e.g. glycerin) that can cause yeast infections. Even some water-based lubes can contain glycerin so make sure the check the ingredients in a lubricant before using it. 


Co-Director of SHARC (Sexual Health and Relationship Counselors)