Growing out of our reproductive years has both pros and cons. Going through menopause means you’ll save money on pads, tampons, and contraceptives. However, when the body stops producing the regulating hormones estrogen and progesterone, our bodies experience a difficult period of adjustment. Our temperature regulation gets confused, resulting in hot flashes and nocturnal sweating. As a result, some women can have trouble sleeping or focusing on everyday tasks.
Furthermore, the soft tissue of the vulva and the vagina get thinner, more sensitive, and less elastic. The vaginal walls narrow, their pH becomes less acidic, and their lubrication diminishes drastically. These symptoms can result in itchiness and discomfort that can interfere with our day-to-day.
That is why using lube as an older woman is so important. In this article we will be discussing the best lube for older women.
Sex after menopause
The changes in our bodies can have a big effect on our intimate lives. Touching and caressing may not arouse us as quickly as before. The narrowing of the vaginal walls means we must be more careful during penetrative sex. In addition, the loss of lubrication can result in discomfort or pain during intercourse.
However, the right lube can help you embrace your sexuality and ensure that intimacy is a part of your relationship with your partner. In fact, intimate lubes can help you prevent dryness, itchiness and discomfort. Lube can also help you unlock a deeper state of arousal and achieve better orgasms.
Choosing a Lube
The base material and additives of commercial lubes vary widely. While some of them can be quite pleasant, others may not be friendly to sensitive skin. Others can alter the pH levels of your vagina and increase the risk of infection. When choosing your next intimate lube, always read the labels. You should look for a lube that is:
- Dermatologist recommended
- Made of body-safe, natural ingredients
- Free of additives like parabens, fragrances, dies, petrochemicals and glycerin
GoLove, is a lube that fits this criteria. On-top of this, GoLove is infused with organic CBD, which helps soothe skin and reduce sexual anxiety for a comfortable lovemaking experience.
When choosing a lube that is best for you there are three major categories:
Silicone-based lubes feel soft and silky on your skin. They also don’t need to be reapplied often because they easily stick to skin and toys. While this is a benefit in some ways, it is a con in others. After use, silicone lubes may leave you feeling sticky as they are a bit difficult to wash off. You can use silicone with latex condoms or diaphragms, but we advise you not to use it on silicone sex toys. Silicone-based lubes will damage their surface of your sex toys and make them susceptible to harmful bacteria. Silicone-based lubes are also expensive and sometimes difficult to find.
The main advantage of oil-based lubes is that they are waterproof so that you can take them to the tub or shower. These lubes will last longer on your skin, so there is no need to reapply. However your oil-based lubes can ruin your sheets, and are difficult to wash off skin.
You should not use oil-based lubes with latex condoms or diaphragms since the latex will get porous. This means you will lose their effectiveness in STI prevention. Lastly, oil-based lubes can alter the natural pH-level of your vagina and trap unwanted bacteria, increasing the risk of yeast infections.
Water-based lubricants are almost always the best lube choice. Water-based lubricants closely resemble your natural lubrication and won’t damage latex condoms or diaphragms. Likewise, they won’t stain your sheets or clothes and are easy to clean off your skin. That means water-based lubes may need intermittent re-application.
Some water-based lubes have glycerin or parabens added to them. Try to avoid those. The glycerin may irritate your skin.
There are some helpful additives you might want to look for in water-based lubes. Added Hyaluronic serum helps the lube stay on your skin with the added benefit of nourishing it. Hyaluronic serum is a major plus for delicate skin post-menopause. Furthermore, CBD is a therapeutic, non-psychotropic compound found in cannabis plants. CBD can help relax pelvic floor muscles, treat vaginal dryness, and heighten tactile sensations. CBD can also help to induce a full-body calming feeling.
GoLove is a dermatologist tested lube that has CBD and Hyaluronic serum. You can safely use GoLove with latex condoms, diaphragms, and your favorite silicone toys. It even comes in a sample pack that fits nicely in your handbag or purse.