Am I old enough to use a lubricant?

It is a very common misconception that lubricants are reserved for women who are “old” and “frigid.” We challenge this misconception every day. The amount of moisture a woman produces during the arousal phase varies based on many different variables — stress, water intake, caffeine consumption, medical problems, medications, and where they are in their menstrual cycle. Many people are surprised to learn that over the counter decongestants and anti-histamines can decrease lubrication. More importantly, if a woman doesn’t lubricate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s not turned on. Some women take longer to lubricate than others and some women simply do not lubricate much, it’s just the way they were born.

For these reasons (and many others) we recommend lubricants to ALL! There are three main classes of lubricants: Water-based, Silicone-based and Hybrids. New lubricants are coming out every day but here is a quick overview of the most popular types:


  • Most commonly used and manufactured.
  • Compatible with ALL vibrators and adult toys.
  • Offers the most variety including flavors, stimulating, natural, etc.
  • Washes away from the body quickly.

Astroglide is very popular with our patients. For those prone to urinary tract infections, vulvar sensitivities or chemical sensitivities, Astroglide Natural is recommended. It contains no glycerin, parabens or alcohol.


  • NEVER feels sticky.
  • Creates the longest lasting glide.
  • Great to use in water (tub, shower, etc.)
  • Compatible with latex, rubber, glass, metal and plastic materials.
  • Not compatible with other silicone materials (silicone vibrators, adult toys, etc.)

Astroglide Silicone and Wet Platinum are both very popular with our patients.

Hybrid Formula:

  • Water-based with a touch of silicone- does not feel sticky.
  • Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth when dry.
  • Often hydrates, protects or moisturizes the skin.
  • Compatible with latex, rubber, glass, metal, and plastic materials.
  • Not compatible with other silicone materials (silicone vibrators, adult toys, etc.)

Liquid Silk is very popular with our patients.

Finding the right lubricant is a matter of preference. Some companies will send you sample sizes. Try a few and see what works best for you. What is your favorite lubricant?

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