Lube 101 Definitions

Vibrator

A toy containing a vibrating motor that aids in sexual stimulation. Vibrators can be inserted into the vagina or anus during sex or masturbation. Some are designed to contact the clitoris, and many contain multiple vibration modes.

Vibrators are a popular accessory, and hundreds of designs, sizes, and styles are available. Common materials include ABS plastic and silicone. Many people use lubricants with their vibrators to allow for comfortable penetration.

Vaginitis

Any inflammation of the vagina, including infections caused by Candida albicans (commonly known as a yeast infection) and various species of bacteria (known as bacterial vaginosis).

Symptoms of vaginitis include itching, burning, odors, and discharge. Most types of vaginitis are easily treatable with antibiotics and fungicidal creams. While vaginitis can be a sexually transmitted infection, it can occur without any sexual contact.

The vagina is host to numerous species of bacteria and fungi, many of which are beneficial (see “vaginal flora” for more information). Vaginitis occurs when the vaginal environment becomes imbalanced, resulting in an overgrowth of a specific microorganism.

Vanillyl Butyl Ether

A liquid ingredient that creates a warming sensation when it contacts the skin. Vanillyl butyl ether is often used as a substitute for capsicum, the active ingredient used in most warming lubricants; vanillyl butyl ether has a significantly lower chance of unpleasant side effects such as itching and burning. It also creates a much more mild sensation than capsicum.

Vanillyl butyl ether is considered a safe ingredient. It will not damage latex, silicone, or most other materials; however, like all ether, it is flammable.

Vaginal Flora

Various types of microogranisms (bacteria, yeast, and other living organisms) that naturally live in the vaginal canal. See Microflora.

Vegan Friendly

Vegan-friendly lubricants do not contain any animal-derived substances. While many lubricants meet this qualification, some common ingredients may pose an ethical dilemma for strict vegans and vegetarians. For example, some lubricants contain lactoperoxidase, which is derived from a dairy enzyme, and some commercial products are tested on animals.

Vegan-friendly lubricants are frequently advertised as “100 percent vegan,” and some manufacturers have official certifications demonstrating their commitment to strict vegan or vegetarian standards.

Vulva

The vulva is the external area of the female genitals.

Vasodilator

A vasodilator is a substance that stimulates blood flow by dilating the blood vessels. Sexual enhancement and specialty lubricant products often use vasodilators like yohimbe, ginseng and L-arginine to enhance sexual performance and sensation.

The efficacy of vasodilators varies considerably. Some vasodilators are potentially dangerous for people with inflammatory lung diseases, but because personal lubricant products work locally, negative side effects are typically rare. Please be aware that if you have a inflammatory disease such as Genital herpes, you should stay away from vasodilators as they can cause a outbreak.

Vaginal Sex

The sexual act in which a penis is inserted into the vagina.

Vaginal Dryness

A condition that women suffer from that can cause sex to be painful and uncomfortable. Vaginal dryness can just be a personal condition or a result of women going through menopause. Vaginal lubricants can help improve the condition of vaginal dryness and make sex a more pleasurable experience.