Researchers led by Debby Herbenick, PhD, Associate Director of The Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University assessed around 2,500 women over a five week period who were assigned to use one of six water-based or silicone-based lubricants.
Researchers found that the use of lubricant was linked to more pleasurable and satisfying sex than sex without a lubricant. For vaginal intercourse, the use of a water-based lubricant or a silicone-based lubricant was associated with significantly higher ratings of pleasure and satisfaction. However for anal intercourse, only
water-based lubricant was associated with significantly higher ratings of pleasure and satisfaction.
Additionally, lubricant use was only rarely associated with issues such as genital irritation or pain during sex.
This information is important for two segments of our society explained Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of The 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.