Women who use lubricants have higher levels of satisfaction and less pain during sex than those who don’t, a recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine claims.

Research was led by Debby Herbenick, PhD, the Associate Director of The Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. The team assessed nearly 2,500 women, who were each assigned to use one of six water-based or silicone based lubricants over a five-week period.

Findings showed that women who use lubricants had higher ratings of sexual pleasure and lower rates of negative sexual symptoms, such as genital pain, burning, or displeasure. More women reported that water-based lubricants were more effective than silicone-based products.

“This information is important for two segments of our society,” said Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief ofThe Journal of Sexual Medicine and Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital. “For those lubricant users interested in the efficacy of water-based versus silicone-based lubricants we now have the data. For those younger men and women who believe that lubricants are only for people with sexual health issues this research shows that, in fact, lubricant use both enhances sexual pleasure and knows no age limit.”

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