Quite often we think natural products are good for us, and in may cases they are, so our thinking might be to use saliva as lube, since it’s natural, it comes directly from the body in an unaltered state and there’s a readily available supply on hand whenever we might need it. Saliva can also be dispensed on-demand extremely conveniently, without needing to squeeze lube through a tube, from a bottle or via a sachet. And while saliva (or spit, as many of us prefer to refer to it as) might sound like a great lubricant solution based on its natural properties as a slippery fluid created by the human body, it can actually enhance the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
The most common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) associated with saliva include herpes simplex virus, which leads to genital warts, as well as the common STIs chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, plus less common STIs, including trichomoniasis. In addition to the virus transmission issue, a study in 1982 found that saliva reduces sperm motility by 50% with 5 minutes of exposure and reduces sperm motility to zero after 15 minutes of contact. While sperm motility doesn’t affect men who have sex with men (MSM), because we do not require sperm for reproduction purposes, if you’re a lover of active sperm, then you might still consider this to be an issue, especially if you want active sperm swimming around inside you for as long as possible.
In addition to spreading STIs, saliva can also dry out fairly quickly, losing its moisturising properties after just a few thrusts, which can increase the level of friction between the penis and anus, which can lead to more intense pressure being applied to the skin, which could result in abrasions and in turn provide viruses with a higher chance of being transmitted. It could be said that the whole issue of STIs being transmitted via saliva is irrelevant when you’re barebacking, considering that these STIs can be transmitted through unprotected sexual whilst using other types of lubricant, which is true, as these STIs can be spread from the touching bare skin or from swapping other bodily fluids, but the addition of saliva can enhance the virus transmission process.
You will discover a number of different lubricant brands and types on the market, with the most common types of lubes being water-based and silicone-based, along with specialty lubes, including ones that look and feel like cum, ones that heat up or lubes that are scented, just to name some of the different variations. If you’re wondering which lube might be the best for you, it really does come down to personal preference. Most people are satisfied with water-based lube, because it works well and it’s extremely versatile, but if you’re looking for lube that has more substance, feels thicker and lasts longer, then silicone lube is your best bet.
If you’re wanting to use lubricant with condoms (probably not anyone visiting this website), then make sure you avoid oil-based lubricant, because the properties of oil-based lubricant can damage latex condoms. On a similar note, if you’re going to be using sex toys for your encounters, then it’s best to avoid using silicone-based lubes, as silicone-based lube can bend, warp and damage sex toys. So for simplicity, water-based lubricant is the best option and when it comes to raw sex, you might want to try silicone-based lube or even a water-silicone hybrid product. It’s also recommended to avoid lubricants containing Nonoxynol-9 as this ingredient is a spermicide that kills sperm and is known to cause skin irritations, which can also lead to a higher chance of STI transmission.
When it comes to choosing the right lube, once you have defined the category that best fits your needs, then choosing a brand really comes down to personal choice. I am a fan of both Swiss Navy water-based lube and silicone-based lube, but I’m always happy to try new products to keep things interesting. If there’s a particular type or brand of lube that works best for you, please share the details below so you can let us know what you like the most about it, so we can give it a shot if we want to try something different. There’s a coconut-based lube that has recently captured my attention, so I’ll be trying it sometime, because there’s nothing like a raw cock sliding superbly inside a hole, whether it’s someone’s cock sliding inside you or your cock sliding inside someone else.
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Version Control: 1.0 – January 22, 2023: Original article published.