Warming lubricant is a type of water-based lubricant used for enhanced sexual arousal. The gel is designed to become heated while it’s being rubbed into the skin. This leads to heightened stimulation for both males and females.
Generally, warming lubricant can be bought over the counter at most pharmacies, department stores, and sexual supply stores. There are various brands available to choose from, and some may have additional enhancers, colors, and flavors. Those who intend to use a warming lube with a latex condom should always check labels to ensure the brand being purchased is water-based. Oil-based lubricants can break down the latex in condoms and result in tears.
The sensations provided by warming lubricant are meant to be enjoyable and only mildly warm upon contact with skin. Therefore, any uncomfortable heat or burning should be taken seriously and the product promptly washed off the skin. In some rare cases an allergic reaction may occur which can result in burning, itching, redness, and irritation.
Because the warming sensation takes effect upon contact and then gradually wears off, the warming lube should be applied to clean fingers and then placed directly on the genital area without rubbing it in first. This will provide maximum stimulation. If allergies with similar products have occurred in the past, though, it may be a good idea to try the product on the arms or legs before applying to the genital region.
Before using a particular warming lubricant, it is important to ensure the product is intended for sexual use. Some massage gels meant for the back or other less sensitive areas of the body also become warm to the touch, but these are generally made from oil and may feature fragrances and perfumes that are not recommended for genital use. Infection or irritation may occur when not used as directed.
If serious irritation occurs after using warming lubricant, a doctor should be consulted. After the area is cleaned and the lubricant is removed, any irritation should be monitored. Should irritation persist, medication or ointments may be recommended to stop inflammation. A serious allergic reaction may occur in very rare instances. Symptoms include dizziness, faintness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and shock. These symptoms would warrant a medical emergency and an ambulance should be called immediately for prompt medical care.