Lube is short for lubricant and is a slippery liquid that makes it easier for different body parts to slide together. Lube makes it easier to slide a penis, strap-on, fingers, a butt plug, and toys into a hole.
It also makes it less likely to tear or rough up the skin inside a person’s anal, vaginal or frontal hole, making it less likely for HIV and other STIs to be passed on during sex. Plus, using lube adds to the pleasure and comfort of sex. There’s no shame in using lube and you can never use too much! Water-based lubricants and silicone-based lubricants are safe to use with condoms. Avoid using oil-based lubes (like Vaseline) with latex condoms, as they can break condoms and put you at risk.
Despite what you may hear, spit is not a good substitute for lube.
It dries up quickly and stops the fun! Stick to water-based and silicone-based lube, which you can usually find for free at sexual health clinics and community-based HIV organizations. Some organizations even distribute free condoms and lube at bars, clubs, and bathhouses.
You can also buy condoms and lube at a grocery store or pharmacy, sometimes in the “family planning” section.Our favourite lube is Jems!
💦 Jems is 100% silicone lube with no water, meaning there’s no opportunity for bacteria to grow, and no preservatives or additives. It’s also hypoallergenic, which is great for sensitive skin! It’s the BEST choice for safer sex. Grab your ultra slick lube here!