There are plenty of reasons to use personal lubricants aside from just medical reasons. According to a survey commissioned by pjur from TNS Infratest1, 67% of 40 to 49 year olds believe that a varied love life is important. Amongst 50 to 59 year olds, 62% also value excitement and fun between the sheets. To help them achieve this, 40 to 59 year olds often turn to personal lubricants. 80% of 40 to 49 year olds use personal lubricants for prolonged lovemaking. For those aged 50 to 59, personal lubricants are either used for medical reasons (70%) or for relaxing body massages (75%).
pjur would like to see even more people benefit from the use of personal lubricants. Perhaps those who have never used lubricants before are simply unaware of how to use them properly. Here at pjur med, we would like to change that, which is why we’re dedicating the following article to this topic.
Why is a personal lubricant helpful?
It is quite common for women to suffer from vaginal dryness. This may have a number of causes: unbalanced hormone levels, too much stress, pregnancy or most frequently, the menopause. The hormone oestrogen helps to regulate moisture levels in the vagina.
This area generally is protected by a thin, clear moisturising fluid, helping it to stay healthy, thick and elastic.
During the menopause, oestrogen levels sink and the tissues in the vagina undergo a change. The vaginal mucosa becomes thinner and drier, leading to an increased susceptibility to pain and infection. As a result of vaginal dryness, many women complain of discomfort including difficulty when exercising, emotional stress and relationship problems. The use of personal lubricants can help bring moisture levels back into balance.
Water-based lubricants and silicone-based lubricants
The choice of a personal lubricant is generally between silicone-based lubricants and water-based lubricants. Water-based lubricants supply the skin with moisture due to the water content. In contrast, silicone-based lubricants remain on the surface of the skin. Silicone molecules are larger than the skin’s pores, which is why they are not absorbed. A breathable protective film is formed, helping the skin become softer and smoother and providing a long-lasting lubricating effect.
Once you have chosen a personal lubricant, it is a good idea to first apply a dab to your finger to see what it feels like. This can help you feel more comfortable about using it in the genital area. At first, use only an amount about the size of a hazelnut. If you are familiar with using lubricants, then you can use more depending on your personal preference. Find out for yourself how much and how often personal lubricants can help you. It’s also important to avoid using too much.
Personal lubricants can often feel a bit cool at first. But that changes quickly as the lubricant takes on the temperature of your skin.
Vaginal dryness can lead to relationship problems, as the drier the vaginal mucosa becomes, the more painful any friction can feel. During intercourse, it is important to determine how much lubricant feels pleasant for you. Personal lubricant can be applied with the finger, hand or also directly onto the genital area.
You can also use a personal lubricant for a sensual massage. In this case, you will need a more generous amount of the lubricant. Essentially, personal lubricants are suitable for all parts of the body and soothing massages can be pleasant both before intercourse and as a means of relaxation.
It is important to have a certain degree of awareness when using condoms and personal lubricant together, as not all lubricants are suitable for use with condoms. Our pjur med lubricants come with the following instructions: “Suitable for use with latex condoms”. All of our products have passed condom testing and are safe to use with latex condoms. It is important to keep this advice in mind.
Water-based personal lubricants can dry out after a short time during use. We suggest keeping the bottle handy to apply more as needed.
The type and quantity of personal lubricant you decide to use is your decision, and one that can vary between individuals. Opt for a lubricant that reduces your personal level of discomfort and helps you experience carefree sexuality. Perhaps pjur med can provide exactly the kind of help you need. Try it out for yourself.
 TNS Infratest is the most renowned institute of market, political and social research in Germany.