Lube 101 Definitions

Fungi

The plural form of fungus. In a sexual health context, fungi usually refers to the microorganisms that cause harmful infections.

This includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) but also includes natural fungal growths that may or may not be sexually transmitted. For instance, the fungus species Candida albicans can cause a condition commonly known as a “yeast infection,” which is not always transmitted sexually.

While both men and woman can get fungal infections, women are much more likely to experience symptoms.

Fungicide

Any substance that inhibits the growth of fungal spores. Lubricant manufacturers use fungicides to prevent overgrowth of harmful yeasts, including Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for yeast infections.

Natural fungicides include the oils of the teatrea, jojoba, cinnamon, rosemary, and neem plants. While fungicides may decrease the chances of a yeast infection, they do not prevent most types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Flavored Lubricant

Flavored Lubricant is a personal lubricant that is enhanced with a flavor to make oral sex more enjoyable. Some of the popular flavors of lubricant include strawberry, cherry, mint, strawberry kiwi and more.

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UR3

Stands for Ultra Realistic 3.0, a trademarked sex toy material with a soft, lifelike feel. UR3 is a type of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that does not contain any phthalates. It is hypoallergenic and considered suitable for people with skin sensitivities.

UR3 can be cleaned with sex toy cleaners or with warm water and a very mild soap. Because it is porous, it is very important to clean it after every use. UR3 toys often ship with a “renewal” powder, which is commercially available; this powder helps the toy to retain its soft, hyper-realistic feel. Users should store UR3 toys in plastic bags or in dedicated storage cases to reduce the chances of microbial growth.

UR3 is commonly used for male sex toys. It is compatible with water-based lubricants, but silicone- and oil-based lubricants can permanently damage the material.

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