Vaginal health is an important women’s health topic—one that can’t be overemphasized—and hygiene products are a big part of that topic. While we can talk all day about pure-cotton tampons and pH-balancing cleansers, it’s time to get real about lube.

Lubricant can be water-, silicone- or oil-based. It can be flavored, self-heating and tingling. So how do you pick the right one for your needs?

We can’t give you the name of what’s perfect for you, but if you pay attention to the following red flags, you’ll be well on your way to finding your lube.

Itching & irritation

One of the most common side effects of many vaginal lubricants is itching and irritation. This happens because the vagina recognizes lubricant as a foreign substance and tries to expel it using defense mechanisms such as itching and an increase in discharge. Justifiably, your immediate reaction might be to wash your genital area to remove