Inadequate lubrication may require either more extensive foreplay during sexual relations or a treatment option such as a water-soluble lubricant.

What should I know about lubrication and condom use?

Lubrications make penetration easier and help prevent the condom from tearing. Some condoms come with lubrication. Water-based lubricants can be used with latex condoms. However, latex condoms may be weakened when used with oil-based lubricants.

The following are some lubricants that are NOT recommended for use with latex condoms:

  • Baby oil
  • Bag Balm®
  • Body lotions
  • Cold creams
  • Cornhuskers® lubricant
  • Massage and mineral oils
  • Olive oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Shortening
  • Sunflower oil
  • Suntan lotions

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