|Written by Sandra R. Harris-Gompf|
There are several things that can interfere with a womanâ€™s ability to become lubricated for sex.Â Some common factors include medical conditions, side effects from medications, menopause, stress and anxiety, depression, fatigue and relationship problems.Â No matter what causes vaginal dryness, the use of a good vaginal lubricant can replace what the female body isnâ€™t providing.
Things Youâ€™ll Need:
Choose a lubricant that fits with your phase of sexuality.Â Are you a first time user?Â Are you prone to infections?Â Do you need an extra boost for arousal?
Lubricants that have mint or menthol will help drive blood to the genitals and increase the propensity for arousal.Â First time users should use a product with mint.Â For users who want a little more arousal potential, a product with menthol is recommended.
In a private setting with a lover or by yourself, squirt a pea sized amount of lubricant on the tip of your pointer or middle finger.Â You can always add more, but if you are using a mint or menthol based lubricant, too much can make you too sensitive.
For women:Â Spread your labia majora apart and apply the lubricant to the labia minora, clitoris and vaginal opening.Â You should experience a light tingly feeling as the mint or menthol lubricant encourages blood flow to your genitalia.
For men:Â Apply the lubricant to the head of your penis and stroke it down the shaft.Â Another pea sized amount can be added to your testes and anal area.
Take time with foreplay.Â Add more lubricant as needed for masturbation or penetration.
Use a vibrator after manually applying lubrication to encourage orgasm.
A lubricant containing mint may provide enough arousal for a woman.
A man may need a lubricant with a stronger stimulant like menthol.
If you are prone to infections, choose a lubricant that does not contain any added color, flavor or scent.