Which Lubes are Safe for Use with Condoms?

Many household emollients such as: massage oil, baby oil, lotion, vaseline and cooking oil may seem like the perfect personal lubricants, but when it comes to using these lubricants with latex condoms, nothing could be more disastrous.

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It is imperative for the integrity of your latex condom and for your own safety to only use lubricants made specifically for use during sex. The reasoning behind this is simple. Oil and petroleum products cause latex condoms to break due to heat. These household products become hot during times of friction and will eventually heat the latex condom to the point of tearing, ripping and breaking.

Here at CondomsFast, we only carry water and silicone-based lubricants which are safe for use with all condoms. Therefore, you can go ahead and pick out any lube on this site and rest easier knowing it won’t damage your condom or put your safety at risk.

Here are the 3 types of condom varieties and a full breakdown of the ins and outs of using personal lubricants with these condoms:

Latex Condoms

Water and silicone-based lubricants both work great with latex condoms. In fact, they work so well, they decrease the likelihood of your latex condom breaking during sex. The majority of latex condoms come pre-lubricated with a silicone-based lubricant, unless otherwise specified. This doesn’t mean you don’t need more lube for high intensity thrusting or during times of vaginal dryness though. Apply a little bit of lube to the inside and outside of the condom for the maximum amount of safety and comfort.

Lambskin Condoms

Because they’re made from an animal-based material, these condoms don’t have the same restrictions as latex condoms do. However, be aware that while lambskin condoms are highly effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies, they are NOT effective in preventing against the spread or transmission of STDs.

Lambskin condoms are a rare exception to the “no oil lubrication” rule. Despite this fact, water-based and silicone-based lubricants are still the best lubricants for lambskin condoms, because they are FDA tested to be safe for insertion into the human body, unlike most oils.

Synthetic Latex Condoms

Like lambskin condoms, non-latex and synthetic latex condoms can also be used with water or silicone-based lubricants and with oil based lubricants as well. But, the FDA cannot guarantee whether non-latex condoms contain any trace amounts of latex or not. Due to this somewhat questionable makeup of these condoms, we do not recommend using oil on them, just in case they do contain some latex. Therefore, it’s best to stick with water and silicone-based lubes while using synthetic latex condoms.

About Kara

Kara is the Creative Director for the Condom Depot Learning Center, Condoms Fast Blog & the Spicy Gear Blog. She's an FSU alumni with a B.A. in Creative Writing and Studio Art & is as sex positive as they come. She be found swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, reading or playing the drums.

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