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What type of lubricant is safe to use with condoms?

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Reducing friction and discomfort during sex, lubricants are an effective way to enhance comfort and sensation during intercourse for both partners.

If you are currently using condoms, the good news is that you can continue to use lubricants as normal, providing that you choose the right type of lubricant. In fact, using condoms and lube together can help to optimise wetness and intensity, and take your sex life to a whole new level!

The type of lubricant you choose will depend on the type of condom you are using. It is important to keep this in mind as not all lubricants are compatible with all types of condoms.

So, which type of lubricants are safe to use with condoms? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know.

Best lube to use with condoms

The best type of lube will depend on the type of condom you are using. Latex condoms are the most common type.

When using lube with a latex condom, you should always use water-based or silicone-based lube. Never use a plant-oil based lubricant as this risks breaking the condom and making it ineffective.  Never use the following as lubricants with latex condoms:

  • Oils, including cooking, baby, coconut and mineral oil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Lotions
  • Creams
  • Butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Margarine

What type of lube is safe to use with condoms?

If you are using lube with condoms, you must always avoid any oil-based lubricants as these can break down latex . This includes anything with oil in it, including baby oil, Vaseline, and hand cream .

Instead, you should look out for lubes that are silicone or water based. This reduces the chance of the condom breaking, which can lead to pregnancy or STIs. Water-based lubricants are also safe to use with non-latex condoms, so if you are unsure what type of condom you are using, a water-based lube is the safest option.

Is water-based lube safe to use with condoms?

Water based lubricants are safe to use with natural rubber latex and polyisoprene condoms, but not polyurethane condoms. Meaning AH! YES WB is safe to use with both natural rubber latex and polyisoprene condoms.

How to use lubricant and a condom?

Lubricants should be applied on the outside of the condom, in the vagina or anus. They should not be applied to the penis before putting on a condom as this can cause the condom to slip off, eliminating the protection. However, a small amount of lube can be applied on the inside of the tip of the condom before it is unrolled to increase the sensation.

Be careful not to apply too much lubricant on the inside of the condom, as this can lead to the condom slipping off.

Can you use coconut oil as a lubricant with condoms?

If you are using a latex condom, no! The oil in the coconut oil can degrade the latex, causing the condom to break and putting you at risk of pregnancy or STIs .

You can purchase both condoms, and lubricants that are safe to use with condoms, at your local pharmacy, online or at your local store.

Explore our range of natural water-based lubricants available from the AH! YES online shop. 

AH! YES water-based lubricant