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So, I know it's suggested that you use lube both inside and out with condoms, but I was wondering how much less effective they are when you don't.

First of all, when my bf and I use lube with the condoms, we find sex much less enjoyable. It's all super smooth with no friction at all, which we don't find so very enjoyable. I am quite naturally lubricated myself, so there is no real issue with pain or insertion or anything. We already use studded/ribbed condoms. I'm also using a hormonal method (the pill, soon to be the ring again) so the condom is just extra insurance.

Basically, is not using lube going to make the condom a lot more likely to break? Have we just been lucky the past six months?

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Using condoms without lube does increase the chances of them breaking - natural vaginal lubrication tends not to be enough with condoms in the mix. However, if you're okay with that little extra bit of risk, that's up to you (and really, if you are on hormonal birth control, if a condom did break, your risk would still be very low).

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To make sure it's clear, if you're not using lube but the condom is still staying well lubricated throughout use, then you're probably fine. However, if it's getting fry and you are feeling a lot of friction with it, then you may be risking a break by not using lube.

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It's not a whole lot of friction. I guess a better word would be sensation, as opposed to use of lube causing very little feeling. I guess since we haven't had a condom break in the last six months or so, we can't be doing anything to terribly wrong.

I need to worry less. [Smile]

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