We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Here’s our process.
Healthline only shows you brands and products that we stand behind.Our team thoroughly researches and evaluates the recommendations we make on our site. To establish that the product manufacturers addressed safety and efficacy standards, we:
- Evaluate ingredients and composition: Do they have the potential to cause harm?
- Fact-check all health claims: Do they align with the current body of scientific evidence?
- Assess the brand: Does it operate with integrity and adhere to industry best practices?
Aloe Cadabra and Good Clean Love top our list of best vaginal lubrication products. Learn more about all our picks, plus the pros and cons of different types of personal lubricants.
During menopause, thinning vaginal tissue and dryness due to a lack of estrogen can make intimacy uncomfortable — or even painful.
Lubricants can help. They work quickly and offer short-term relief from pain and dryness during sex. Here’s a look at some of the most common lubricants available, as well as the pros and cons of each.
- Best overall (water-based): Good Clean Love Almost Naked | Skip to review
- Best silicone-based: Astroglide Astroglide X Silicone LiquiGel | Skip to review
- Best for no mess: AH! YES WB Applicators | Skip to review
- Best organic: Aloe Cadabra Natural Aloe | Skip to review
- $ = under $10
- $$ = $11–$15
- $$$ = $16 and up
- Price: $$
- Type: water-based
- Ingredients: organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, xanthan gum, agar, lactic acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and natural flavor
- Pros: 95% organic; glycerin- and paraben-free; vegan; safe to use with sex toys and condoms
- Cons: sticky; dries up quickly
Almost Naked is designed to replicate your body’s natural lubrication. Because it’s water-based and has the same osmolality as the vagina, it won’t strip away extra moisture. The North American Menopause Society recommends water-based lubricants overs oil-based lubricants because they are less likely to cause irritation.
This lube may feel a little sticky compared to similar products. And because Almost Naked is water-based, it can lose its slipperiness. You may need to reapply it during sexual activity.
- Price: $$
- Type: silicone-based
- Ingredients: dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone
- Pros: combines the slippery feel of a liquid with the firmness of a gel
- Cons: can feel sticky
Astroglide X is a silicone-based vaginal lubricant that is a hybrid between a liquid and a gel. It has the silky feel of a liquid, but the gel makes it less messy to apply and keeps it from dripping out.
Like our best overall pick, it’s recommended by The North American Menopause Society.
While Astroglide X is a long lasting lubricant, the thickness compared with liquid water-based lubricants may be too much for some people.
Best for no mess
- Price: $$$
- Type: water-based
- Ingredients: water, organic aloe vera, organic flax seed extract, organic guar gum, organic locust bean gum, xanthan gum, sodium chloride, potassium sorbate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol
- Pros: certified organic; pH balanced; less messy; compatible with condoms and sex toys; formulated to be allergy-friendly
- Cons: watery; evaporates quickly
AH! YES is certified organic like some of the other lubes that made our list, but the individual applicators set this product apart. They make applying this product much less messy.
This product’s pH level is matched to the vagina. This is good — you should avoid vaginal lubricants with high pH levels since this may lead to infection (vaginitis).
AH! YES is odorless, flavorless, and not sticky. It’s formulated to reduce the risk of allergic reactions and is compatible with latex condoms and sex toys.
One negative is that this lubricant evaporates quickly. And it may be too watery to provide enough slipperiness for sex without needing to reapply. This is common with all water-based lubricants.
- Price: $
- Type: water-based
- Ingredients: organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vitamin E oil (mixed tocopherols), xanthan gum, citric acid, food grade sodium benzoate, food grade potassium sorbate, organic vanilla planifolia concentrate
- Pros: pH balanced to the vagina; natural ingredients; nongreasy; long lasting; comes in multiple flavors
- Cons: may need to be reapplied
Aloe vera is well-suited in vaginal lubricants. Its pH of 4.5 closely matches the vagina’s natural pH level. Aloe Cadabra contains 95% aloe vera, along with a blend of other natural ingredients meant to naturally lubricate and condition sensitive tissues.
Aloe Cadabra leaves out additives like parabens, glycerin, glycol, silicone, and dyes. It’s nongreasy and won’t leave a mess.
Plus, it reportedly lasts longer than some other lubes on the market.
Water-based lubes are good for reducing friction. This type of lubricant can make sex more comfortable for people with vaginal dryness from menopause.
In general, water-based lubricants are less likely to irritate the vagina than silicone lubes, but they may dry up more quickly.
In a 2023 study, participants who used water-based lubricants for 4 weeks reported less vaginal dryness and more arousal, lubrication, and sexual satisfaction. They were also more likely to reach orgasm.
The best water-based lubricants have a pH and osmolality similar to the vagina’s natural environment, according to a different 2023 study.
- won’t damage latex condoms
- less likely to cause vaginal discomfort than oil-based lubricants
- washes off easily with soap and water
- safe to use and easy to find in stores
- odorless, colorless liquid
- can dry up quickly; may need to be reapplied often
- doesn’t work in water and is not effective for sex in a shower or pool
- can contain preservatives and additives such as glycerin and parabens
- may irritate the sensitive vaginal tissues or cause yeast infections in some people
Silicone is a type of polymer. It has an oil-like consistency, which makes it work as a vaginal lubricant. Silicone-based lubes often contain ingredients like dimethicone, dimethiconol, and cyclomethicone.
The slippery feel of silicone lubes and their ability to last longer without drying out are advantages over water-based lubricants.
- offers the greatest amount of lubrication
- will not dry out during sex
- keeps working in water
- will not affect latex condoms
- less likely to irritate you than water-based lubricants
- can be expensive
- can be hard to find in stores
- can be difficult to wash off fully with soap and water
- may leave a sticky residue on your skin
These lubricants come in two types: natural plant oils like coconut, olive, or almond oil and store-bought oils like mineral oil and Vaseline.
The advantages of oil-based lubes include their low cost, safety, and effectiveness.
Oil-based lubricants are not without downsides — they may irritate skin and stain fabric.
Vaseline can actually introduce bacteria that cause infections. For instance, a small study found that women who used Vaseline as a lube were twice as likely to test positive for bacterial vaginosis.
Oil-based lubes are also not recommended for use with condoms because they can damage the condom, making them less effective at preventing STDs and pregnancy (if you still get periods).
- lasts longer than water-based lubes
- works in water
- doesn’t contain irritating preservatives and other additives
- safe for polyurethane condoms
- can damage latex condoms
- certain oil-based vaginal lubricants — including petroleum jelly and baby oil — can increase your risk for a urinary tract infection
- can stain sheets, underwear, and other fabrics
Lubricants are intended for temporary use during sex to relieve dryness.
If vaginal dryness is an issue beyond sex, you may want to consider a vaginal moisturizer (which include the AH! YES applicators on our list above). These products are intended for longer-term relief from dryness. They may have similar pros and cons to the different types of lubricants listed above, depending on their ingredients.
They come in gels, creams, or beads and suppositories.
Our other picks include:
What are warming lubricants?
These lubricants add ingredients like menthol and capsaicin to create a warming sensation.
Some people report that they enhance sensation and lead to more orgasms. Others experience an uncomfortable burning or stinging sensation (in which case, discontinue immediately).
How can I naturally lubricate down there?
However, some people find these oils irritating, and they’re not safe for use with condoms.
Is K-Y jelly a good lubricant?
K-Y is a popular lubricant company that The North American Menopause Society recommends for treating vaginal dryness related to menopause.
Water-based lubes like K-Y can make sex more comfortable, but they tend to dry up faster than silicone-based lubricants.
Which is better: Oil or water-based lubricant?
The lubrication from an oil-based product may last longer than water-based. But oil-based lubricants are more likely to irritate the vagina, and they can damage condoms.
Oil-based lubricants are also more likely to stain fabrics.
What vaginal lubricant do doctors recommend?
Experts from The North American Menopause Society recommend water-based lubricants because they are less likely to irritate the vagina than oil-based products. They also suggest using vaginal moisturizers several times a week at bedtime to maintain moisture in the vagina.
Vaginal lubricants work best for mild to moderate vaginal dryness.
If your dryness is more severe or a lubricant does not help, see a gynecologist or your primary doctor. You may need an estrogen cream or pill. Or, you may have an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated.