KY Jelly Is the Lube for Your Intimate Encounters

The notoriety of KY Jelly reaches across generations. 

Over the time of its long and slippery existence, this personal lubricant became a household name for that added something that makes sexual encounters all the more enjoyable. 

So whatever you fancy when it comes to satisfying your libido, KY Jelly helps to get you there.

Being a household name and all, we dare to assume that you might be familiar with this product if you are a fan of the extracurricular adult activity called sex. In case you are just getting started or like a lot of info about the products you use, here is a brief introduction.

Words of wisdom: You want to keep this item in your toolbox to have at your disposal any time an intimate need arises.

And now, get ready to slide with ease with KY Jelly. In the next paragraphs, we get into the nitty-gritty of what this bedroom-tested and trusted-by-many product is all about. Let's go.

What's KY Jelly?

KY Jelly is a personal lubricant widely used for intimate sexual activities of all varieties. The versatility of this lube goes beyond the usual bedroom escapades, however. Doctors favor this type of jelly formula for medical procedures of many kinds. More on these types of use in a moment so keep reading.

Quick History

KY Jelly has a long and lustrous history as an over the counter personal lubricant dating back to 1980. This baby has been through a lot, applied over and over on intimate body parts of all proportions by both sexes.

Initially developed by a pharmaceutical company for medical purposes, it became a pleasure enhancing lube in the last few decades.

No matter what sexual technique, this jelly lube conquers it with ease. Front, back, bottom, top, straight up the middle or sideways -- this jelly does it all.


Regarding the KY name, the legend goes that it refers to the state of Kentucky because it is the birthplace of this famous lubricant brand. According to credible sources, this is indeed only a myth since the K-Y brand originated on the east coast in New York City.

We mentioned that KY personal lubricant goes back to 1980, but the KY brand history goes back more than a hundred years to 1904 when a pharmaceutical company created the first product for surgical purposes.

This means that the KY lubricant brand was born more than a decade before the first natural rubber latex condom (the perfect companion), which saw its first product release in 1920.

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When and where to use KY Jelly?

We promised to get deeper into the kind of uses this lube is great for, both in the bedroom and in the medical field as well. Regardless of your gender, if you are sexually active, with or without a partner, this rich jelly substance is for you.

KY Jelly Products

The classic KY Jelly is available in two variations. The first is classic and the second is the KY Warming Jelly and they both come in a plastic tube.

KY Jelly (Original)

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KY Jelly Warming

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Personal Use


If you want to love yourself for a moment when your partner is not around, or when you are single, jelly lube is your friend for pleasuring yourself. Just squeeze the desired amount out of the tube and apply it to your private areas. You can add more as needed.

Whatever self-pleasuring technique you like to use, remember that KY Jelly is a water-based lubricant compatible with silicone sex toys.

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Sex without a condom

Intercourse without a condom, or riding a bareback as some call it, is the ultimate sensual experience. That is if you don't have to worry about potential STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis or HIV among others. Are you in an exclusive relationship, where both of you were tested for STDs? If you know that you and your partner tested negative, and pregnancy prevention is not a concern, flying without the safety net (i.e. condom) is a glorious option.

When you go commando, even though you most likely have natural juices flowing, adding a bit of KY jelly nicely enhances your experience.

Sex with a condom

Condom lubrication is key when using rubbers for any activity. Without it, this fun exercise is not as fun as there is no in-and-out ease. This water-based jelly lube is an excellent match for sex with a condom. Water-based lubes are pretty much compatible with any condom material. You still want to read the manufacturer’s instructions before putting on a condom to avoid any surprises.

Note: Trojan Supra, which is a polyurethane condom, has in all caps on the retail box "DO NOT USE WITH ANY ADDITIONAL PERSONAL LUBRICANT, as they may damage the condom."

Though we do not understand the reason for the warning since KY Jelly is a very gentle, water-based lubricant, we always take the manufacturer's word for it.

Your safer sex companion

Remember, condoms are only useful when you use them not most of the time but all the time! Using lube with a condom helps ensure better performance and avoid potential breakage. Remember that lubricant is the best friend to condoms.

Anal lubricant

Due to its thicker consistency, KY Jelly is the ideal co-partner for anal sex rendezvous. The backdoor drilling exploration goes smoother with lube that stays in place rather than when using the KY Liquid. The liquid types typically run off the areas and require reapplication much sooner.

Quick tip for better use

Though this water-based lube is rich in consistency, all water-based lubes dry out after a little while during use. This is perfectly normal because the water that is the main property of the substance starts to evaporate when exposed to air. All that you need to do is add a small amount of saliva or water to reactivate the slippery characteristics.

So that was the info for the sexy usage for lube, and now we’re off to medical uses.

Medical Use

Medical professionals like to use KY Jelly to ease insertions of rectal thermometers and enemas as well as for prostate and rectovaginal examinations. It is widely used by gynecologists for regular exams. If a doctor thinks you have something going on inside, they may do an ultrasound and use the KY on the device before inserting.

Safer sex advantage

Using a personal lubricant in general, and specifically, those that are light in their natural base contributes to a safer sex practice. The reason being is that the natural base of the lube does not irritate the private areas. When there’s irritation, it creates pathways for potential viruses to enter the body.

What are the side effects of using KY Jelly?

For most people, KY is an excellent choice for added lubrication. However, there are individuals who may be sensitive to a particular ingredient. Most users are fine, but if you think you have an issue, don’t use it.

What is the best lubricant to use?

Among all the lubricants out there we like KY Jelly for all the reasons mentioned in this article. It’s a good all-around lube.

Is KY jelly safe to use when trying for a baby?

Consult with your gynecologist so he or she can answer this question from a doctor’s perspective for you.

What lubricant to use when trying to get pregnant?

That would be an excellent question for your doctor is an excellent source for this questions since it calls for a professional opinion.

Is it OK to use coconut oil as lube?

It's always important to distinguish the type of use. Are you using the oil-based lubricant with or without a condom? If you are using it with a condom of any kind you are exposing the condom to potential damage. The oil weakens the surface, making it vulnerable to breakage.

Using it without a condom is a different story as long as the oil is designed for intimate sexual activities.

What can you use as a natural lubricant?

The best natural lubricant of all is saliva.

What is a good natural lubricant?

In regards to its ingredients, KY Jelly is a light lube and therefore nearly "natural." Saliva, as mentioned, is the ultimate natural substance, manufactured by you or your partner.

Does KY Jelly have spermicide?

No, this lubricant does not have any spermicide and therefore does not work as a contraceptive. You can still get pregnant if you use KY Jelly without a condom. If you want a contraceptive, make sure you use a condom along with this lube.


KY Jelly is a thick, water-based lubricant that contains no additives for color or scent. For all of you seeking the specific ingredients, here is an official list provided by the manufacturer:

Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Gluconolactone, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorhexidine Digluconate

So there you have it, the whole list of goodies contained in KY Jelly.

It has been our recommended personal lubricant since we started safer sex products way over a decade ago.

Pros and cons of KY Jelly


  • You can use it with latex and other condom materials
  • It’s not greasy
  • You can use it for anal sex
  • Stays in place
  • Eases vaginal discomfort
  • Improves vaginal dryness
  • Is the #1 Doctor recommended lube
  • Has no added colors or fragrance
  • Is easy to clean up
  • Doesn't stain bed sheets and other surfaces


  • Dries out quicker than silicone
  • It’s not suitable for water play
  • Does not contain spermicide (that is generally a good thing)

We don't know any more cons, do you? If you do, feel free to let us know.

User's sensitivity

KY Jelly is well accepted, even loved, by a majority of lube users. Some individuals, however, may be allergic to certain ingredients. It's not common but occasions do occur when these people experience skin irritation or other issues.

If you experience any discomfort or think you may be allergic to the product, discontinue use and consult with a medical professional.

Take away

During its slippery and naughty existence, KY Jelly has probably seen and been part of just about every type of sexual encounter. From casual hook-ups and kinky fetishes to monogamous love relationships and even solo flights, KY Jelly is a great choice for your personal lubricant.

Remember that whether you do it with or without a condom, adding this thick lube only improves the whole experience. Add some tonight. You’ll thank us after. Whatever your plans might be, stay wet and Hump Responsibly!

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