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QTND: lubricants... mmmm

Jul 6, 2006

Hi Doctor Frascino First of all, thank you! we all truly wish to have a Dr. Bob for a close friend, your humor and wisdom inspires everyone. Sorry about my english as it is not my mother languaje. Well, here comes my QTND: I am not sure as how lubricants could affect or not the latex in condoms. Which lubs are safer to use during sex to protect keep condoms intact? I am really short on income now a days, but I highly promise a donation in the very soon future. Thank You soooo much !!!!! Muchas Graciaaaaassss !!!

Response from Dr. Frascino


Yep, that's a QTND, and since I've addressed this topic many times in the past (check the archives!), I'll just review it briefly here, OK?

There are two main types of lubricants that are compatible with latex (condoms, dental dams, gloves, etc.):

1. Water-based lubricants Astroglide, K-Y products, spit/saliva, etc. To find out if a particular lubricant is water-based (and condom-compatible), just read the label!

2. Silicone-based lubricants Wet Platinum, Eros Bodyglide, body fluid, etc. these are odorless, very slippery, less sticky and long-lasting.

For completeness I'll mention that oil-based lubricants should never be used with latex products, as they can damage the integrity of the condom and cause it to break. Types of oil-based lubes include Crisco, butter, whipped cream, hand lotion, soap, mineral oil, etc.

One final note: avoid lubes that contain nonoxynol-9 (N-9), a spermicidal added to some lubricants, which originally was thought to help prevent HIV transmission, but, in fact, facilitates it.

Stay safe. Stay slippery.

Dr. Bob

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