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Using Lube

Using lubricant, or lube, can decrease the risk of condom breakage. Lube is sold at most pharmacies and grocery stores.

The three main types of lube are:


  • Pros- Rinses off easily from skin and fabric
  • Cons- Absorbed quickly into the body, so may require reapplication
  • Feels- Smooth at first, sometimes sticky as it’s absorbed
  • Safe to use with- Latex, polyurethane/polyisoprene, and internal condoms


  • Pros- Long-lasting
  • Cons- Difficult to wash off and may stain fabric
  • Feels- Smooth and soft
  • Safe to use with: Latex, polyurethane/polyisoprene, and internal condoms


  • Pros- Long-lasting
  • Cons- Can clog pores or stain fabric
  • Feels- Oily
  • Safe to use with- Internal condoms only—oil-based lubes can undermine the strength of latex and polyurethane/polyisoprene condoms, increasing the risk of breakage.

Never use flavored lubes for vaginal intercourse—they contain sugar (glucose) and can cause yeast infections. Lubes containing glycerine can also trigger yeast infections.

Learn how to get free or low-cost condoms at UT.

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