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SILICONE-BASED LUBRICANTS

QUESTION
How safe are silicone-based lubricants for use with condoms? Do they cause any damage to latex?

ANSWER
While water-based lubricants are the most commonly recommended type of lubrication, silicone-based lubricants should be fine. They last longer, are still effective in water and you need less of them. Many people prefer silicone-based lubricants for anal sex.

You can always do your own check by inflating condoms and rubbing them with water-based, silicon-based and oil-based lubricants. You'll see that after a minute or so, the latex condom with the oil-based lube will break.

To your health,
Dr. K


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