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Sexual Arousal and Lubricants

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Sexual Arousal and Lubricants

Are you dealing with vagina dryness? You are not alone; vaginal dryness is a common sexual issue. Sex can be boring if you can’t self-lubricant.

Fluid from the cervix and secretions from the Bartholin glands, two pea-sized glands at the entrance to the vagina — help keep the vagina lubricated. During arousal, the Bartholin glands secrete extra fluid to reduce friction.

This means that when a woman is sexually aroused, the vagina normally self-lubricates which makes the experience a lot more fun. Lubrication helps to make sexual activity smooth and exciting. It can be a way to spice things.

Intercourse without lubricant can be painful and damage the vaginal lining. Your body may produce less lubricant as a result of hormonal changes, menopause, ageing, or medication.

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But there is something that can help if you can’t self-lubricate; artificial lubricants. Artificial lubricant helps to decrease friction in your genitals due to hormones, ageing, medications, etc.

Using the lubricant before sexual activity can help prevent itching, burning, soreness, irritation, chaffing, and other discomforts.

There are different kinds of lubricants, oil-based, silicone-based, glycerine.
• Oil-based are readily available products, like kitchen oils. Synthetic oil-based lubricants, such as mineral oil and petroleum jelly, can work well but may also irritate the vulva. You might not want to use it because it stains your leave some hard to clean stains on your bedsheet. And many time, oil lubes are associated with higher rates of infection.
• Silicone-based lubricants last longer than water-based lubricants
• Water-based lubricants containing glycerine are popular. However, glycerine free options may be more suitable for people who get frequent yeast infections.

To use lubricants, it is advisable to be conscious and pay attention. Apply a small amount of your preferred product and increase it till you feel comfortable. 

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