Kinsey Confidential: The Joys of Lube! A New Study on Lubricant Use Among Adult Women

January 25, 2011 · Posted in Blogs, Health, Kinsey Confidential, Sex 

The Joys of Lube! A New Study On Lubricant Use Among Adult Women

By Eric Anthony Grollman (M.A.)

Posted January 25, 2011

We all know the old adage, “a little bit of lube goes a long way.”  Okay, so I made that up, but research on the use of lubricant during solo and partnered sexual activity demonstrates the benefits of lube.  In a new study of women, there is a clear benefit for sexual pleasure and sexual satisfaction when using either water- or silicon-based lube.

The Study

In a study of 2,400 women, researchers at Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion investigated women’s reports of sexual satisfaction and sexual pleasure when using no lube, water-based lube, or silicon-based lube during solo and partnered sexual activity. Women were randomly assigned one type of lubricant and asked to assess their sexual experiences for two weeks.  The participants reported greater sexual pleasure and satisfaction when using either silicon-based or water-based lubricant during sexual activity compared to activity without any lubricant.  Indeed, this corresponds with the majority who report using lube during vaginal or anal intercourse (70 percent) and masturbation (60 percent) to make sexual activity more pleasurable.

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