If you’re not sure whether you need lube or not, you most likely do. It’s a definite necessity when enjoying toys, but lube can improve pretty much every other aspect of you sex life as well. Now, everybody is different, and the type of lubricant needed varies depending on the situation and activity.
Since I’ve tried a lot of lubes, I’ve discovered that where I am in my monthly cycle can affect how well some lubes work on me. As my own vaginal fluid and body chemistry changes, occasionally I’ll notice slightly different results. This is why whenever I get a new product to review, I like to use it consistently for several weeks. Often a lube that I didn’t initially like will work better on me the following week, and sometimes I love a lube the first few times I use it, only to subsequently realize that I’m sensitive to something in it after I’ve used it for a couple of weeks.
My guidelines and standards regarding lube may not apply to everyone, but this is a brief overview.
Water based lubes are the safest bet for general use. They’re toy and condom compatible and wash off easily. I personally avoid any lube containing glycerin, so I read the ingredients carefully.