Lube 101 Definitions

Interuterine Device (IUD)

A birth control device inserted directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Intrauterine devices are also an extremely effective form of contraception, with failure rates as low as 0.2 percent. They are also reversible, and they do not permanently affect fertility. However, they do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Using an intrauterine device can cause vaginal dryness, particularly with hormonal IUDs (this is also common with other hormonal birth control treatments). Physicians often recommend water-based personal lubricants for patients who experience this symptom.

Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Myristate is a a ester (replacing the hydrogen of an acid by another organic group) of Isopropyl Alcohol and Myristate Acid. Used as a skin conditioner and fragrance in many personal lubricants or sexual products.

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Stimulating Gel

An intimate product that contains a relatively high concentration of “”stimulating”” ingredients, which create unique sensations for the user.

Stimulating gels are rubbed around the penis, clitoris, nipples, and in other erogenous areas. Their active ingredients can include l-arginine, menthol, peppermint oil, capsaicin, and other substances that create tingling, cooling, or warming feelings on application. This can make the user feel more sensitive, allowing for enjoyable sex and masturbation.

While many stimulating gels have a lube-like texture, they’re not used in the same way; a small amount of stimulating gel is usually enough to provide sensation, while a large amount of gel can create an overwhelming effect. Most people use a separate lubricant when using stimulating gels.

Lube 101 Definitions