Is Having Anal Sex Without Lube Safe?


Table of Contents:

  • Is Anal Sex Safe without Lube?
  • Why You Need Lube for Anal Sex
  • How to Choose the RIGHT Anal Lube
  • Common Alternatives to Lube
  • Tips for using Lube for Anal Sex
  • Conclusion
  • Sources

It takes a lot of courage and a safety net to one’s relationship when you and your partner decided to try anal sex. It takes a lot of research, confidence, and trust in your partner when you’re doing anal. But is it safe to try anal sex without using lube or is using lube better when doing anal sex? In this article, we will find out!

Is Anal Sex Safe without Lube?

“My partner and I are curious and want to try doing anal sex without lube. Is it safe?”

The answer is: NO. 

Anal sex without lubrication is not safe, it doesn’t feel good, and it can also cause injuries or infections to your anal area. Moreover, without adequate lubrication while doing anal, it will hurt and you will have a traumatic anal sex experience. In addition, it is more likely that without using lube while doing anal sex, you will be prone to STIs and other sexually transmitted diseases between you and your partner. 

Remember to have fun and explore sexually but it will be more fun if you are doing safe sex and being responsible sexual partners!

Why You Need Lube for Anal Sex

“But…lubes are boring! I want to feel it raw in my ass!”

We beg to differ! Lubes ARE NOT boring! They are safe and can make your anal sex more pleasurable! Here are the reasons why you need lube if ever you and your partner will try anal sex:

  • To make your anal sex experience pain-free and fun!
  • The anus doesn’t self-lubricate, unlike vagina.
  • Anal sex without using lubricant can create friction and anal tears.
  • Lubes can protect you from bacterial infections that can penetrate your anus.
  • Yeah, remember those anal tears while doing anal without lubricants? Well, those tears can make STI transmission easier so think before trying anal without lube.
  • Lubes can prevent feces or accidental poop while doing anal because it can help you feel relaxed and it makes the penetration easier.

If you’re still thinking that lubes are boring for a fun, sexy time, just think of the repercussions if you do not use lube. Remember, being sexually healthy is also being sexually responsible! 

How to Choose the RIGHT Anal Lube

“What is the right anal lube to try? Are there any options?”

Yes! There are 3 main options in choosing the right anal lube! These lubricants are Water-based, Silicone-based, and Oil-based!

Allow us to differentiate the 3 from one another so that you can choose which lube is suitable for you and your partner.


The Pros: 

  • Compatible with latex condoms and ALL sex toys. 
  • It’s gentle and a perfect sexy time companion to your latex condoms and silicone sex toys.
  • Easy to clean! Just rinse it with water or a wet wipe, and you’re good to go.

The Cons:

  • Since it’s water and it’s very quick to apply, you might reapply it frequently while using it.
  • Water-based lubes are easily absorbed by our skin which means during high-friction activity, it can lose their slickness. 


The Pros:

  • Great for long-lasting sexy time.
  • Doesn’t get absorbed by our skin so it will not lose its slickness.
  • Tends to be hypoallergenic – meaning it is safe to use for everyone even for people who have allergies.

The Cons:

  • Can ruin some of your toys especially if the silicone grade of the toys is different or not suitable for the silicone grade of the lube
  • Doesn’t easily wash away by water so the clean-up will be tedious.
  • Can stain your sheets, toys, and fabrics.


The Pros:

  • Long-lasting.
  • Won’t wash away with water or saliva.
  • Great for foreplay since it’s oil-based. It can be used for sensual massages and hand jobs.
  • Can be scented.

The Cons:

  • Can’t be used with latex condoms because oil degrades latex to break.
  • Difficult to clean.

Now that you have the pros and cons of each lubricant, you can easily choose what’s best for you and your partner during anal sex!

Common Alternatives to Lube

“Lubes are expensive. Are there any alternatives?”

Of course, there are alternatives for lubricants. But tread lightly and do some research before using these alternatives!

Aloe vera

The Pros:

  • Water-based.
  • Can hydrate skin.
  • The consistency of the aloe vera is a great alternative for lubes.

The Cons:

  • Sometimes, the ingredients of the aloe vera have alcohol. Best to check the ingredients first because alcohol can irritate the genitals.

Plain Yogurt

The Pros:

  • Doesn’t dry out.
  • Has consistency.
  • Relatively cheap.

The Cons:

  • Cannot be used for anal sex because its pH levels can disrupt and infect your anus.

Olive Oil 

The Pros:

  • Spreads quickly and easily.

The Cons:

  • The skin does not absorb this type of oil so it can clog your pores.
  • Not advisable to use with latex condoms since it can tear or break latex condoms.

Virgin Coconut Oil

The Pros:

  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Has moisturizing properties.
  • Smells good.

The Cons:

  • Cannot be used with latex condoms since it is oil and can break the barrier of the latex condom.

Egg Whites

The Pros:

  • Has a similar consistency to cervical mucus – a fluid that the cervix releases into the vagina to keep it lubricated and prevents infections.

The Cons:

  • Takes a bit more time to prepare.

Alternatives that you should AVOID using:


Why you should avoid it:

  • Triggers infections such as bacterial vaginosis.
  • This is used for external use only, not for intercourse.

Lotion and Soap

Why you should avoid it:

  • Contains preservatives and chemicals that can irritate the genitals.


Why you should avoid it:

  • If it’s used in the vagina or anal area and left uncleaned, it can be spoiled and may cause a bacterial growth infection.


Why you should avoid it:

  • Many people assume that saliva is safe to use during intercourse but surprise! It isn’t. Saliva can trigger an infection and there can be a risk of passing or receiving STIs.
  • A study showed that males who use saliva as a lubricant could spread gonorrhea.

Baby Oil

Why you should avoid it:

  • Carries the risk of poisoning, infection, and damage to contraceptives used during sex. 

Now that we’ve shown you the alternatives and the alternatives that you should not use, it’s safe to say that you can enjoy anal sex without the risk of infecting yourself and your partner!

Tips for Using Lube for Anal Sex

  • Research the possible lubricants that you want to try!
  • Keep your lube handy. Put it in the bedside because you’ll never know when you’re going to use it.
  • Use the lube for your foreplay so that you and your partner will be ready when doing anal sex!
  • Remember that lubes can make your sex safer and more fun.
  • Keep in mind: Lubes are perfect for anal sex!
  • Try using Jellytime’s lube for better sexual performance.
  • Always ask for consent first before doing anal sex.
  • Enjoy the fun! ;) 


At the end of the day, it’s your choice whether to use lube or not during anal sex but remember: sexual neglect like not using lubricant while having sex can lead to serious issues and dangerous situations. So don’t be shy – lubricant you’ll try!


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