Pros and Cons of Anal Numbing Lubes
At first glance, a numbing lube may seem like the perfect solution to your anal dilemmas, whether you’re concerned about potential discomfort or need help relaxing. Surprisingly, these lubricants aren’t always recommended by Sexperts. However, there’s a time and a place for numbing lubes. When used correctly, they can transform your experience.
Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of numbing lubricants for anal and how you (and your partner) can use them effectively.
Disadvantages of Numbing Lubes
Numbing gels sometimes get a bad rap. Despite concerns about lower quality ingredients and increased pain tolerance, these products are safe.
Like all anal lubricants, these products undergo rigorous testing, and they’re regulated by the FDA.
However, before using any type of anal numbing cream, there are a few things that you should know.
Ingredients: Lubes containing Lidocaine or Benzocaine are typically water based, which means that they’re more likely to contain fillers, preservatives and undesirable ingredients, such as Glycerin and Parabens. If you’re sensitive to these additives, you may be better off with a non-numbing silicone lubricant.
There are fewer clean lubes in this category, but the market is expanding.
Pain: Some experts dislike numbing gels because they can dull your sensitivity, which could lead to accidental injury.
Pain can be a good thing. It’s an important warning sign that you don’t want to ignore or override by using topical analgesics, drugs or alcohol. Even the best numbing lube isn’t a substitute for adequate foreplay and preparation.
Sensitivity: Condoms are a must-have to prevent unwanted numbness if you’re using a desensitizing lubricant.
This can be a limitation if you and your partner enjoy bareback play.
Additionally, numbing lubricants perform best when they have at least 5 to 10 minutes to work, which can make things feel less than spontaneous.
Advantages of Anal Numbing Lubes
Concern about potential drawbacks sometimes overshadows the benefits of anal numbing lubes.
When used responsibly, these products can have a variety of physical and mental benefits.
Peace of Mind: For many people, anal is a new experience. That aspect is very exciting.
However, unfamiliar sensations may also cause fear or anxiety, which can create tension in all the wrong places.
If you’re a beginner, a desensitizing lubricant could be a secret tool that increases your confidence and helps you embrace the experience.
Increased Comfort: Pain relief is the most obvious benefit. This can be especially helpful if you’ve had an uncomfortable experience in the past.
The right lube can help you overcome your fears and enjoy anal more. If you’re the receiver, make sure that you’re in control. Flexing your sphincter briefly can also help you relax.
Compatibility: Because most numbing gels are water based, they’re universally compatible with toys and condoms, which can open up more possibilities for backdoor fun.
If you enjoy the smooth, long lasting feel of silicone, you can always apply another product after the numbing agent takes effect.
For most people, the benefits of using a numbing anal lube far outweigh the potential drawbacks. Whatever product you choose, always listen to your body, and remember to have fun.