If you’re one of the millions of folks that deal with skin sensitivity, you may already know that it can be a factor in how much enjoyment you derive from sex. We’ve compiled a list of time-honored tips to help mitigate the sensitivity you experience down there so that you don’t have to miss out on all the fun. Sex with sensitive skin can be amazing!
1- Sex Toy Safety
Not all toys are created equally.
Stay away from toys containing phthalates, a chemical used to soften plastic and increase flexibility, but which has been shown to potentially cause cancer and harm to your reproductive organs and liver.
Make a habit of putting a condom on your sex toys. This is especially important if you plan to use the toy vaginally and anally – it will to prevent transferring bacteria from the anus to vagina. Use a new condom every time. Discover more toy health & safety tips here.
2- Find The Pubic Hairstyle Right for You
Maintaining a well-groomed pubic area will reduce the chances of getting irritating ingrown hairs if those bother your sensitive skin.
Wash the area with soap but dry the hair before you begin to cut to ensure a better grip and fewer chances of nicking yourself. Trim in front of a mirror and use a pair of blunt end nail scissors.
3- Don’t Overdo It
Too much genital stimulation in a short period can irritate the skin, cause soreness, and increase UTI infections. And as for self-pleasure, don’t forget to wash your hands before touching yourself and use lower settings on sex toys to prevent pain in the area.
4- Water Based Lubricant is Best for Sex with Sensitive Skin
Incorporating personal lubricants in the bedroom will help reduce aggressive friction and combat dryness during sex.
The Almost Naked Organic Personal Lubricant by Good Clean Love is safe to use with condoms, toys, during intercourse (both vaginal and anal), and even while pregnant.
Or, if you prefer your lube to have a thinner viscosity, try Sutil Luxe! Light and slippery but able to go the distance, Sutil is one of our best-loved lubes.
5- Test Intimacy Products First
Apply a dime size amount of intimacy products on your forearm 24 hours before the big event. This gives you plenty of time to find any adverse side effects to the ingredients in the product. By the way, if you enjoy sensual touch and massage, we love Sliquid Escape Massage Oil, which is vegan, hypoallergenic, and scent-free – perfect for those with skin sensitivities!
6- Clean Your Toys
Use antibacterial soap and sex toy cleaner solutions to wash your toys. Apply cleaning solutions based on the directions given. You can also use boiling water to disinfect toys without electric and battery components. Read our full list of toy cleaning tips here.
7- Urinate After Sex
Always, always, always urinate after sex.
Peeing after intercourse helps flush out bacteria before it travels through the urethra to the bladder. There’s no need to immediately rush to the bathroom after intimacy, but the sooner, the better, and you definitely should go before falling asleep. This is just a general health reminder to prevent infection and a solid post-sex practice.
8- You Are What You Eat
For those whose sensitivities go beyond skin, adjusting your diet may be of help. Incorporating healthy foods into your diet can help you maintain healthy sex organs.
Black tea, cranberry juice, blueberry juice, plain yogurt, and coffee can help reduce your chances of developing UTI infections, common causes of unwanted sensitivity.
When in doubt, check with your health provider to find out the best options for your body.
9- Go Commando
Bedtime is the perfect time to experience hours of fanny freedom.
Take a break from wearing underwear. In the summertime, everybody – regardless of their genitals – experiences an increase in moisture in their nether region. The vulva especially produces a lot of moisture year-round which is the perfect environment for yeast to grow. Allow plenty of airflow to reduce skin irritations and UTIs.
These tips are just a few of the ways to keep your skin and genitals at ease and health with sex! Nobody wants to have discomfort or pain, but it happens. Feel free to try these ideas out and see if they help!
Have Questions About Sex For Extra Sensitive People?
Vibrant has a variety of sex toys for everyone, and each toy meets the very highest standards of safety – because we care about your health. Chat with us, and we can help recommend the product that’s perfect for you. We’re available 9am-9pm EST daily on our website chat (just push the purple button at the bottom right!) or call us at 866-316-VIBE (8423).