A good sex is beneficial in many different ways. The combination of diverse sensations leading up to the climax of pleasure can be an unforgettable experience. 

Apart from sex toys, adding lubes or lubricants into the experience is one of the best ways to enhance your sex life. While you would think that only older people use lubrication, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Lubricants, depending on the variety, make sexual activities more enjoyable, comfortable, and pleasurable by reducing friction between the partners. 

In the absence of lubricants, there are a few alternatives that you can try. However, there are also a few alternatives that people should avoid at all costs. Continue reading to find out the things you should never use as lubrication. 

1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a popular product with millions of uses, but using it as lube is not ideal. Coconut oil has antiviral and antibacterial qualities that could disrupt the vaginal PH balance leading to infections.  

It can also clog the pores, causing skin irritation for some people. In addition, coconut oil isn’t compatible with Latex Condoms, causing them to break.   

2. Petroleum jelly

Most people use petroleum jelly as a lubricant as it is a cheap alternative to lubricants, but you’d be surprised to know that it causes more harm than good.

Just like coconut oil, it can cause the condom to break, leaving users more susceptible to pregnancy and STIs. In addition, with its oil base, instead of making sex a smooth ride, it can get gunked up, lead to a mess, and cause infections such as bacterial vaginosis. 

3. Saliva

More people than you can imagine prefer using saliva over lubricant, even though it provides very little lubrication. Apparently, grabbing a bottle of lube from the bedside table or drawer can seem like a mood killer for some men and women. 

While saliva from oral sex can seem more sensual, it can leave the downstairs skin feeling dry. It also only provides a thin barrier, leading to painful sex due to inadequate lubrication. 

4. Food or liquid 

Bringing the food into the bedroom is a terrific idea unless you are thinking about inserting it into the lower regions of the body, as it may lead to illness and messiness. Therefore, avoid experimenting with food or liquid by inserting it into the vagina. 

What can you use as lube?

For the best and safest sexual experience, only use specifically made sex lubricants, such as those available from Durex. Rest assured, all our products are made per industry and safety standards. 

With Durex, you can be sure that the lube you use will enhance your sex encounters, whether you're looking for water-based or tingly lubes

Why should you use lube?

Here are some of the most common reasons for using lube: 

  • It may make your foreplay more exciting and intense. 
  • It can facilitate a more smooth transition from foreplay to sexual activity.
  • Lubricants can improve the comfort of sexual relations, particularly for people with dry vaginas. It's normal for women to feel more parched at different times during their cycles, so there's no need to worry about it.

Just because you are feeling a little dry down there doesn’t mean you are not turned on. Since every person is different, Durex will surely have a product that works for you. 

Just look at the front of the box and select your preferred level of wetness! We've found that using lubrication makes sex feel better, but always remember to do your homework, consider your alternatives, and pick the lube that works best for you.