Friday, December 10, 2010

New study published on the use of lubricants during intercourse

The Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Kinsey Institute partnered with Pure Romance to conduct the largest study ever completed on the use of lubricants during sex which was recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.  As a Pure Romance consultant, it's very exciting to learn that we are helping to contribute to women's sexual health research, something that sadly is little information on. 

More than 2400 women participated in the study which found that the use of both water and silicone based lubricants was associated with higher ratings of pleasure and satisfaction during sex (as compared to no lubricant). The study also found that also found that study participants reported fewer genital symptoms  -- and, in particular, fewer reports of genital pain -- when they used a water-based lubricant.

Here are some of the findings:
  • More than 70 percent of the time that lubricant was used for vaginal or anal intercourse, study participants indicated that they did so in order to make sex more pleasurable; more than 60 percent of women indicated this was the case during masturbation.*
  • More than one third of the time that lubricant was used for vaginal sex, anal sex or masturbation, women indicated that they used lubricant because it was fun to do so*
  • Sizable proportions of women also indicated that they chose to use lubricant in order to reduce the risk of tearing, particularly for anal intercourse.*
Many women have vaginal dryness and they might think that they produce enough natural lubrication, however, this is not the case.  If you smoke, are pregnant, stressed, going  through menopause, taking medications (like anti-histamines) or use tampons, your body is probably not producing enough lubrication.  And that's OK! It doesn't mean that something is wrong with you, it doesn't mean you are not aroused. It just means your brain has 10 million other things it's doing and it doesn't want to produce lubrication.

When you use a lubricant on a regular basis make sure you are using one that is gentle, odorless, colorless, & tasteless. The more you add to a lubricant,the greater your chances are of getting infections. Especially if you are sensitive and are already prone to yeast infections, you don't want to irritate your vagina any more than necessary. 

Three of Pure Romance lubricants were used in the study, Just Like Me, Pure Pleasure, & Sweet Seduction.  You can read more in the Indiana University press release here or in the Journal of Sexual Medicine

*findings taken from IU press release.

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