If you're thinking about having anal sex or engaging in any kind of anal play, your safety and comfort and pleasure should always be at the forefront of your mind. Unfortunately, when it comes to anal penetration, you can't just go in there without any preparation. You're going to need a good quality lubricant especially designed for the anus. Here's why anal lube is so necessary, what the different types are, and the best product for every budget.
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Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is an oil-based ointment. It can also warm easily in your hands. It seems as if Vaseline would make a great lubricant for sex. The truth is, many better options exist. Having sex without lubricant may be unpleasant.
Even some healthcare professionals still recommend it even though it was never designed for sexual use. Please note: we are not picking on Vaseline as a brand. It is a high quality petroleum jelly, and certainly has its place in the home medicine cabinet — the comments below apply to all petroleum jelly products. It is a soft and semi liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is white, transparent and mainly used for healing of skin, intended to be used as a topical cream, locally applied over the part of the body where the skin has become wounded or cut. Naturally people assume that it moisturises and hydrates skin, therefore is good for sex.