What is the best lube for anal sex?

If you’ve had anal sex before or you’re preparing for your first time, then you should know the importance of using lubricant.

Why is lube important during anal play?

Lube is great for all kinds of intimate play but will especially increase pleasure when stimulating the anus. Unlike the vagina, the anus doesn’t produce lubrication by itself, so when inserting something inside  and without lubrication, it can cause friction, burning or tears. The tissue around the anus is quite delicate and can easily be injured if stretched or rubbed too much.  In the worst case scenario, this can cause tearing which can eventually lead to infection. So, let’s prevent that, shall we?

Lube up!

Although there are many different varieties, there are three main types: silicone, oil and water-based lubricants. They are all safe to use for anal sex, but they also each have their own pros and cons.

Silicone-based lubricant

Silicone-based lubes are usually considered the go-to lube for anal sex. It has a thicker consistency and doesn’t dry as fast as other lubricants, so you can go longer without re-applying. That said, if you’re using silicone toys, we suggest you should avoid silicone-based lubricant as it can react with the silicone item, which breaks down the toy and creates an environment where bacteria can easily grow.

Oil-based lubricant

Oil-based lubricants are great because they are smooth and last a very long time, but be aware! Oil-based lubricants are not compatible with latex condoms as it breaks down the material.

Water-based lubricant

Water-based lubricant is the most common lube and it is usually the safest option, especially when you’re using a condom or silicone toys. One downside of water-based lubricant is that they can dry up quicker than other kinds of lubricants. Nexus Relax Anal Gel is a super thick and long lasting lubricant and will cushion and protect you against friction. It also has a cooling effect to soothe that sensitive area.  If you prefer something less thick, our  Nexus Slide is very popular.  Another great thing about water-based lubricants is that they are easily washed from sheets. 



Once you've chosen which base lubricant you'd like to use, you can now check out the various options.  Some brands have flavoured lubricant which is edible and available in many flavours.  Some have heating, cooling and tingling options and some are infused with vitamins and skin nourishing ingredients.  

Which lubricant you choose for anal play or anal sex is personal choice but we we cannot underestimate the importance of adding it in order to maximise your pleasure and enjoy the experience.