There are a million and one sex toys in the world (not really, but there are a lot). The wide selection is amazing because it means that there will be at least one pleasure device that will feel like it’s made for you.
On the flip side, having to choose from such a large selection of products promising orgasms and sexual satisfaction can be a little daunting. There are so many options! Which one is the right device for me?
What is a Sex Toy?
The first step to figuring out which sex toy works best for you is to actually know what sex toys are. Sex toys are toys and devices meant to make the act of sex and masturbation more pleasurable. Some sex toys can even have medical functions and help in treating some conditions.
How to Use Sex Toys: Beginner’s Guide on All Types
Sex toys can be broken up into a couple of different categories: vaginal toys, penile toys, anal toys, and more.
There are even more subcategories under those, like panty vibrators, suction toys, and bullets all belong under the external toys, while anal beads and butt plugs fall under the anal toy category. There are toys that will even mix and match different categories to stimulate more than one area.
If you’re a little overwhelmed, it’s totally understandable. Even we get a little confused sometimes! But not to worry, we’re here to help you out. We’ve broken down some of the most popular sex toy categories to help you figure out what exactly you’re looking for in your new bedroom bestie.
We’ll tell you what each toy is great for and tips on how to get the most bang for your buck with each purchase.
Vaginal toys are love toys designed to stimulate the vagina. It’s used mostly by people with vulvas, but some toys can also work for couple play. As vaginal toys are used to please the vaginal walls, a-spot, g-spot, and cervix, most toys have vibrating features. Some also have thrusting, rotating, or heating features for enhanced sensations. Below are the different sex toys under this category and ways to use them.
Classic vibrators are the most basic, fuss-free type of vibrator you can get. They’re generally cylindrical and straightforward in terms of design. They’re great for use all over the body, whether it be on the breasts, vagina, or any other body parts that you enjoy stimulating.
You can use classic vibrators externally or internally, just make sure that you apply an ample amount of lubricant if you do choose to insert the classic vibrator. They’re great for most sexual situations except for face-to-face sex positions, as they can be a little too large to really allow you to enjoy the moment.
How to use it: First, apply a water-based lubricant to the toy’s shaft. Gently insert the classic vibrator into your vagina. Turn on the power button and enjoy the vibrations! You can also point the tip of the classic vibrator to your g-spot for more targeted stimulation.
G-spot vibrators are created to stimulate the – you guessed it! The g-spot. They’re large enough to put inside you and a lot of them have curved shafts to make rocking back and forth on the toy easier.
They’re best used for g-spot stimulation. The curve of these types of vibrators works really well with the thrusting motions coming from behind.
They aren’t the best for partnered penetrative vaginal sex because it’s pretty hard to fit fingers, let alone a penis, in the vagina when a vibrator is already occupying the space.
How to use it: First, you’ll need to apply water-based lube generously on the toy’s shaft and tip. Get into a comfortable position, preferably lying down on your back. After that, gently insert the vibrator. Remember that the g-spot is located 2-3 inches deep into your upper vaginal wall.
You can only feel the g-spot when fully relaxed and aroused since the g-spot is part of the internal clitoral network. So before playing with your g-spot vibrator, set yourself in the mood with visual and audio cues. Once the toy’s inserted and the curved tip is pointing to your g-spot, turn on the vibrator. You can also move the toy back and forth for further pleasure.
Realistic dildos are non-motorized phallic toys made to resemble a real-life penis. You can choose from circumcised to uncircumcised varieties that can range in shape, size, color, and curve.
A strong suction cup is usually found on its base so that you could attach it to walls, floors, bed frames, and other smooth surfaces for hands-free riding. You can use these vaginally or anally depending on their size and what you’re comfortable with, just make sure that the base is securely attached to your chosen surface!
How to use it: Using dildos is pretty simple. Lie down on your back and open your legs wide. Apply lube generously to the dong. After that, gently insert the dildo. Move it back and forth until you reach that sweet O.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can use the suction base of the dildo and stick it on a tiled surface. You can then experiment with different sex positions, such as doggy style and cowgirl.
Vibrating dildos are dildos that have a vibrating function. They’re still designed to resemble a phallus, but can be much less intimidating to some people. Some vibrating dildo designs will resemble rabbit vibrators, while others may be more reminiscent of classic vibrators.
Again, suction cup bases are an important feature for vibrating dildos because it’s easy to get carried away with the intensity of stimulation that this type of sex toy offers.
These toys aren’t best for stimulating other parts of the body, but they’re great masturbation tools that allow you to combine another toy to the session or use your hands to nip, tug, and arouse other erogenous zones.
How to use it: It’s easy to use sex toys such as this one. All you need is lube, and you’re good to go. The first way to use a vibrating dildo is by inserting it into your vagina. Apply water-based lubricant on the shaft. Gently insert it and turn on the vibrations. The second way is using a clitoral toy. Turn on the vibrations, apply lube to the toy’s tip, and rub it with your clit.
Glass dildos is a phallic-shaped toy made from glass. They can be colored or clear, textured or smooth, curved or straight. Glass dildos are great for temperature play because they hold heat and cold very well. You could keep your glass dildo in the refrigerator to experiment with your sexual responses to cold, or warm the toy between your hands to get the glass dildo to body temperature, making entry a bit more comfortable. You can also soak it in warm water before playtime to test your heat tolerance.
How to use it: First, apply lube liberally to the toy’s shaft. You can use any type of lube, but it’s best to go with silicone-based or water-based lube. Get comfortable and gently insert the glass dildo into your vagina. Like the regular dildo, move the toy back and forth to feel further stimulation. You can heat or chill a glass dildo; follow your dildo’s instructions.
Love eggs are egg-shaped or teardrop-shaped sex toys that are made to be used while inserted into your intimate parts. These are some of the most popular sex toys for vagina owners because of their powerful vibrations and discretion. They can be used for g-spot or vaginal stimulation. They’re perfect for discreet partner plays as they usually come with a remote control that can be used from a distance.
How to use it: When using an egg vibrator, start by applying water-based lubricant to the love egg. Gently insert the egg vibrator and turn on the vibrations. Love eggs are usually 2-4 inches in length, so they can fully stimulate your g-spot. However, you can’t use it for deep vaginal penetration. Use the included remote control or the love egg’s controls to change vibration modes. You can also use it for public plays— just ask your partner to control the remote control while wearing the love egg.
Kegel balls (also known as Ben Wa balls) have been in use for centuries. They’re used to strengthen vaginal and pelvic wall muscles which allow for better bladder control and sexual experiences. Kegel balls come in a variety of weights and sizes to help you work out your muscles with a series of clenching and unclenching motions. Because the balls are inserted in order to be used, the workout also offers you sexual pleasure which is why they’re sometimes called love balls or even pleasure balls. They come with a ‘tail’ that hangs out of the vagina for easy extraction.
These are, as mentioned, great for pelvic muscle workouts, or even public foreplay, as the weight and sensation of the kegel balls while you’re walking around doing daily activities can actually be very erotic. Be wary of overexertion though, as these aren’t meant to stay in the body for more than half an hour at a time.
How to use it: Want to use sex toys such as this one? There are two ways to use a kegel or ben wa ball. First, you can use it to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You need to learn about kegel exercises first. Once you’re familiar with the exercise, you can start using this love toy. Apply a water-based lubricant to the ball(s) and insert it into your vagina. Do your Kegel exercises as usual.
If you want to use ben wa balls for pleasure purposes, lube up the ball, insert the ball in your vagina, then masturbate while wearing it. We recommend syntribating while a ben wa ball is in your vagina as it heightens up the pleasure.
Strap-on sex toys are dildos that you can wear with a harness. Some dildos and harnesses are sold together, but there are also individual options available. You can mix and match dildoes and harnesses depending on your needs, and most dildos are compatible with a wide variety of harnesses! Select the dildo size and girth that will provide you or your partner the most pleasure.
Strap on dildos allow people with no penises to penetrate, or sometimes, allow people to penetrate the vagina and anus at the same time – that’s called double penetration. Strap-ons can also be used to penetrate the anus, and that’s called pegging. Harnesses are usually made to fit around the waist or around the area where the penis would be, or some harnesses are created to fit around the head, foot, chin, and other body parts.
How to use it: Want to use sex toys made for pegging like this one? Here’s what you should do. First, the giver (the one that penetrates) must wear the strap that holds the dildo in. If your strap-on has leather or nylon straps, wear it as instructed. If the strap-on is strapless, wear the smaller dildo to keep the other dong on. After that, apply lube liberally to the dildo and gently insert it into your partner’s vagina or anus.
Clitoral toys are made to focus their stimulation on the clitoris. While some toys in this category can be inserted, a lot of the time, they have a more bulbous design or are shorter to make it difficult to maximize internal stimulation. Find out the different ways to play clitoral toys below. Read on!
Finger vibrators are like bullet vibrators but created so that they can attach to your fingers and are a little more couple-friendly. The finger grips mean you don’t have to worry about losing the little vibrator in the heat of the moment. They’re great for use during coupled penetrative sex. For clitoral masturbation, it works just fine, but there are toys that can offer more power.
How to use it: First, wear the finger vibrator, then turn on the vibrations. You can then run the vibrating toy in your own or your partner’s external erogenous zones.
Mini vibrators are usually people’s first sex toys. They’re pocket-sized dynamos in the bedroom and pretty easy to figure out. A lot of the time, they’re much cheaper than larger toys which is why it’s a lot of people’s introduction to the world of pleasure products.
A lot of mini vibrators are designed to target the clitoris. However, the nipples, penis, and scrotum can still immensely enjoy having the tremors of this mini vibrator focused on themselves. These toys are best for beginners, clitoral stimulation, and unobtrusive use during partnered sex. Penetrative sex is not where this toy shines. Bullet vibrators are too small and thin to maneuver for penetrative pleasure.
How to use it: Using this sex toy is simple. Apply a small amount of lubricant to the tip of the mini vibrator. After that, turn on the vibrator and rub it all over your clitoris or other erogenous zones. There are mini vibrators that are insertable, but make sure to not insert them too much as this type of vibrator doesn’t have a flared base.
Instead of the usual vibrations that you get from bullet and wand vibrators, clit suckers use air and suction to recreate the sensations of oral sex. They appeared on the market very recently, around 5 years ago, and have been a hit ever since.
They’re great for intense clitoral stimulation, and people who have difficulty achieving orgasms will definitely benefit from having one of these within reach. Most clit suckers are bulky and difficult to properly position while being penetrated, so maybe keep the clit sucker to foreplay when you’re with your partner.
How to use it: If you want to use a sex toy that offers air pulse or suction sensations, here’s what you’ll need to do. First, get comfortable, preferably lying down on your back. Spread your legs wide. Once positioned, apply water-based lubricant around the rim of the clit sucker and on the clitoris. Then, press the clit sucker’s opening to the clitoral hood. Turn on the pleasure device and enjoy the air pulse sensations!
Wand massagers are one of the earliest sex toy designs. In the 70’s they were corded, plug-in, and ginormous. They were about a foot long and look very much like karaoke mics. Their size definitely has a direct correlation to how powerful these vibrators are because they are the most powerful toys on the market.
Newer versions are rechargeable, and some of them are waterproof making them much more convenient to use. Focus the head of these toys on your clitoris for intense clitoral stimulation. Partnered sex is a bit trickier with this toy, though. While it is possible, the wires and the sheer size of the toy can be a little unwieldy for partnered play.
How to use it: Using a wand massager is pretty simple. First, get into a comfy position. Apply a few drops of water-based lubricant to the clitoris. After that, turn on the device and place the round head on the clitoris. You can also use this toy for the other body parts; it can also be used as a body massager.
Tip vibrators are sex toys whose vibrations are focused on their tip. This means that the toy tapers for pinpoint accuracy. It can also have a variety of interchangeable tips that are still designed to create focused areas of pleasure.
They’re great for foreplay and clitoral stimulation but can get a little overwhelming if you aren’t used to the pleasure nub receiving that much attention. These are great in conjunction with penetrative sex. Not the best for internal stimulation because they’re usually not shaped for entry into the vagina, sometimes they aren’t long enough for it, too.
How to use it: It’s pretty simple. First, turn on the vibrator and press the toy’s tip to your clitoris, nipples, perineum, and other external erogenous zones. For comfier plays, we recommend applying personal lubricant on the part you’re stimulating.
6Panty or Lay-On Vibrators
Most panty vibrators are made for clitoral stimulation and sandwich between your underwear and your vulva. They’re usually remote-controlled or even app-controlled so you can enjoy the sensations in less private locations.
They’re great for public sex and clitoral stimulation. But you might wanna skip this toy for coupled penetrative sex. The only way to use it while being penetrated is to slide the panties to the side, but it’s too bulky for you and your partner to enjoy the vibrations.
How to use it: Panty or lay-on vibrators are specifically designed for clitoral or external stimulation. Just place the toy in the center of your undies, or position it so that the vibrator will fully stimulate your clitoris. Apply a small amount of water-based lube to your clitoris for a comfier experience. Wear the panty as usual and control the vibrations using the remote control.
You can also ask your partner to control the toy and even use it in public— just make sure to keep it discreet and don’t involve the other folks!
Male Sex Toys or Penile Toys
Penis owners, rejoice! You get your own category of sex toys, too. While most sex toys are useable no matter what your sexual parts are, it’s nice to know that there are toys available specifically for penile pressure.
When your hand just isn’t cutting it, it’s time for a masturbator. Masturbators are designed to visually simulate a vagina, anus, or mouth to offer you just a little more erotic stimulation than you’d usually get. Some masturbators are even motorized so that it feels like they’re sucking, tugging, or clenching around your penis.
How to use it: Want to use a penile sex toy like this? You need to apply water-based lubricant on the inner sleeve, preferably a warming lube. Gently insert your penis into the sleeve and move the toy back and forth. Keep on moving the toy until you reach orgasm. If the toy has vibrating, rotating, and thrusting features, turn them on and enjoy the pleasurable sensations.
Fleshlights are masturbators that can disguise themselves as tumblers or flashlights when not in use. They’re compact, convenient, and perfect for travel. With the lid off, the opening can be designed like the vagina or luscious lips.
The inner sleeve is usually textured with nubs or ridges that enhance your masturbation experience. The sleeves are also usually removable so that it’s easy to clean and keep sanitary between uses!
How to use it: Same with masturbators, apply water-based lubricant on the soft sleeve. Gently insert your erect penis into the toy’s opening. Move the fleshlight in a back and forth motion. Keep on doing it until it reaches climax.
Cock rings, also known as penis rings, are usually made of silicone so they can be stretched over the penis and testicles. They’re meant to help maintain erections and make them harder by limiting blood flow.
If they’re designed with a vibrator, they can even stimulate the clitoris during penetrative sex making them great for partnered sex sessions. If you’re looking to enjoy a little quickie with your boo, maybe skip the cock ring because these are made to make your sex session last longer, after all.
How to use it: Apply water-based lubricant on the cock ring and slide it into your semi-erect or flaccid penis. Slide it until the ring reaches the base. You can then proceed with masturbating or partnered sex. Don’t keep it for more than 30 minutes.
Strokers are pleasure toys that add a little more joy to your self-pleasure adventure. Unlike masturbators, these are usually open-ended allowing for a more comfortable fit, no matter what your penis size!
These are also great to use even when you have a partner involved in your pleasure because oral sex combined with the sensations that strokers can offer can introduce you to a whole new world of sexual satisfaction.
How to use it: Generously apply water-based lube to your erect penis. After that, slide the stroker into your hard-on. Move the stroker in and out of your penis; keep doing this until you reach that intense O. Your partner can also use this while performing oral sex on you.
Penis pumps can help you enlarge your penis with the use of suction. Penis pumps can also help you get an erection if you have issues with getting it up. It works by encouraging blood flow to the penis, making it not only harder, but thicker, too!
They’re pretty easy to use, all you need to do is insert your penis into the cylindrical device and create a vacuum by pumping air into the cylinder. Some penis pumps are automated so you don’t have to tire yourself out with all the pumping. When satisfied, slowly release the vacuum and remove the penis pump.
How to use it: If you want sex toys such as this one, follow all the proper instructions on its packaging. Don’t also keep the penis pump more than its suggested duration. To use this love toy, start by applying lube around the open end of the cylinder and 2 inches inside the tube. We also recommend applying lube on your glans penis. Insert your penis, preferably erect, inside the tube. Start pumping using the hand pump or electric motor. You’ll feel a pulling-like sensation as the vacuum pulls blood into the penis.
Keep pumping until you reach the desired pressure. Don’t overdo it, as too much pressure can cause injury or permanent damage to your penis. Hold the fully engorged erection without moving your penis or pumping for 3-5 minutes. After that, remove the pressure. Slip your hard-on and start having erotic fun!
Penis sleeves are sex toys that you wear on your penis to increase its girth and size. It can also help people who experience erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation. Some penis sleeves completely envelop the penis, while others just cover the tip, and others are open-ended. It all depends on your preference and needs.
While penis sleeves can reduce the sensations experienced by the wearer, it does not hinder performance. Some penis sleeves combat this numbing of sensation by adding textures on the inner portion or even making it vibrate. Penis sleeves should be important for both the wearer and their partner so communication is key. Put it on when you are half erect and allow it to reach full erection inside the sleeve.
How to use it: Using a penis sleeve is pretty simple. First, apply a few drops of water-based or silicone-based lube on the sleeve. Insert your erect penis in the sleeve. Keep pushing your schlong until the tip reaches the end of the sleeve. You can then proceed with the deed.
Interest in anal sex has gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason! Great orgasms can be had by stimulating the anus. These are the types of toys you can use when you go exploring the backdoor. Before engaging in any anal play, make sure that you’re properly lubricating your toys and anus because the anus does not produce any natural lubricant.
Anal plugs look like smaller dildos but are way shorter and should have a flared base. The flared base is important so that you can easily remove it without the device getting sucked into your anus. Anal plugs come in a variety of sizes to suit your needs, some have vibrating functions, and others don’t. Anal plugs can be made of glass or metal for temperature play, others can be segmented, or even have a heating function. There are a variety of anal plugs on the market with your pleasure in mind. These toys are what you need when experimenting with anal play.
Keep in mind that just like you wouldn’t combine using a g-spot vibrator with penetrative vaginal sex, combining penetrative anal sex while using an anal plug probably isn’t the best idea.
How to use it: Before using this pleasure toy, remember that your anus isn’t self-lubricating like a vagina. It’s important to keep a bottle of water-based or silicone-based lubricant on your side. It’s also important to be fully relaxed and aroused when inserting the plug. After applying a generous amount of lubricant, gently insert the anal plug into your anus. Turn on the vibrations if it’s a vibrating anal plug. You can then proceed with your solo or couple plays.
Anal beads can sometimes look like an oversized pearl necklace. They’re usually flexible rods with beads, sometimes the beads gradually become smaller as you get closer to the tip while others can have the same size of beads all throughout the toy. It is designed so that each segmented bead can be inserted individually. They’re used during anal sex or even enemas.
Make sure that insertion and extraction of the anal beads are done carefully. Do not pull it out like you’re starting a lawnmower as that can be painful and cause accidents.
How to use it: Apply a generous amount of lube to the anal beads. Gently insert the anal beads inside your anus. If you’re new to backdoor fun, just start with inserting 1-2 of the attached balls. You can then continue increasing the depth once you’ve got it. Move the anal beads in a back-and-forth motion; the balls will stimulate your anus, sending pleasure to your bum.
Prostate toys are anal toys made to stimulate the prostate. They look kind of similar to butt plugs but with a little curve and a girthier tip. It also usually has a bulbous tip attached to the base. Gently insert the prostate massager into the anus and the curve should naturally want to settle against your prostate. Turn on the vibrations of the device and you’re good to go.
How to use it: Want to use sex toys such as this one? Keep in mind that prostate massagers are designed for male individuals. Though female folks can still have fun with this toy, it’s ideal for peeps with a prostate gland. Start applying lube generously to the toy’s body to use this device. You can then have a practice insertion first. Insert the toy, and don’t turn on the vibrations yet. Just check if it’s hitting that sensitive spot in your anus. Make the necessary adjustments from that practice insertion. After that, insert the device again and turn on the pulsating vibrations. Keep it until you reach that sweet O.
Let your nipples rejoice, it’s their turn for some loving. Nipple toys focus on the tiny pleasure nubs that are often neglected. Nipples were made not just for nurturing, but for pleasure too. They’re also a bundle of nerves there that can offer you sexual satisfaction and orgasms galore if you just pay enough attention to it.
Nipple vibrators are pleasure toys that are created to stimulate the nipples. Aside from the usual vibrations, they can offer pinching sensations, too! Some are designed to stimulate even the areola, while others can focus on the nipple alone. Simply place the nipple vibrator on the area you want to stimulate and you’re ready!
How to use it: Turn on the nipple vibrator and press it against your nipples— it’s easy-peasy! For a smoother glide and to emulate the feeling of someone licking your nips, use oil-based, silicone-based, or water-based lube.
As the name suggests, this type of nipple toys stimulate the nipple with sucking sensations. There’s usually a hole where your nipple fits into. Simply ensure that the opening surrounds your nipple when you turn it on and let it turn you on.
How to use it: Contrary to popular belief, it’s easy to use sex toys such as this one. You need to place the toy’s opening over your nipples while pressing the bulb. Once it’s placed on the nips, release your holds. The nipple sucker should be sticking to your nipples now. Squeeze the bulb again to take it off. At this point, your nipples will be extremely sensitive to touch, making it more pleasurable to stimulate the area. Follow the suggested duration of the nipple suckers on your nips to prevent any mishaps.
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Nipple clamps are perfect when you’re into a little more intense pleasure. These are designed like clothespins that you can attach to each nipple. Some may come with a chain that links the two clamps so that you or your partner can tug at it and illicit new sensations. Some clamps allow you to adjust the tightness with screws so that you have more control over the amount of pressure you’re applying.
How to use it: If you’re using tweezer nipple clamps, you’ll have to use the tweezers to pinch the nipples and adjust the tightness by moving the adjuster ring. If you’re using the Bull-Nose Clamps, you’ll need to press the base to open the “jaws” (it’s pretty similar to a laundry pin.) You will then hold the base, put the open jaws in your erect nipples, and release the hold. You can adjust the tightness of the nipple clamps by tightening or loosening the screws in the middle part of the clamps.
Multifunction toys are designed to stimulate two or more erogenous zones simultaneously. Depending on the combination you go for, there are multifunction toys that are great for beginners or will need a more experienced hand to enjoy the abundance of stimulation.
A sex toy with a cult following is the rabbit vibrator. These toys’ stimulators are said to be shaped like rabbit ears that stimulate the clitoris while the shaft stimulates the inside of the vagina – usually hitting the g-spot.
How to use it: Simply insert the longer into the vagina and have the smaller one settle on your clitoris– make sure that the clitoral tickler is positioned right on top of your clitoral hood. We recommend using lube for a smoother insertion. There are usually a variety of motions available or strengths and vibration patterns depending on how complex or simple the toy you have is. Just find which settings work best for you and enjoy!
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Couple vibrators are, a lot of the time, wearable vibrators and can ideally be worn hands-free during penetrative sex. Most of them are designed to kind of paperclip onto the vulva and vaginal wall to provide clitoral stimulation while being unobtrusive enough to allow your partner to enter you. Some couple vibrators are sex toy sets that include two or more toys that we’ve mentioned earlier that you can use simultaneously or have app-enabled capabilities.
How to use it: Couple vibrators usually come with two parts, the internal and external massager. The internal massager is usually the slimmer end, while the external massager is wider and thicker than the internal massager. The control buttons are also located in the external massager most of the time. To use this device, apply a generous amount of water-based lube on the internal massager and a few squirts on the external massager. Gently insert the internal massager into your vagina while the external massager rests on your clitoral hood.
3Vibrating Cock Ring
Vibrating cock rings are designed to fit around your penis and testicles, much like a regular cock ring. The difference? Vibrating cock rings have a little motor attached to them that adds vibration to the mix.
The little motor is also usually positioned so that it hits your partner’s clitoris when you thrust into them. Simply fit the cock ring around the penis and balls and turn it on. It’s best used with a partner. If you want something that adds more than just stiffness and longevity to your erection, a vibrating cock ring is what you’re looking for.
How to use it: Using the vibrating cock ring is pretty much the same as a regular cock ring. Apply water-based lube to the ring and slide it into your semi-flaccid or flaccid penis. The vibrating pad should be at the top of your shaft.
What makes these vibrators nonconventional? Well, it’s their unique shapes. There are nonconventional vibrators that will cater to more than just two, all you have to do is find the design that appeals to you.
While using two separate vibrators that are intended to stimulate whichever erogenous zone you choose is a possibility, sometimes that can make it more difficult to just enjoy the sensations, and that’s where nonconventional vibrators really shine. Some nonconventional vibrators are considered as such because they can easily become effective stimulators for any part of the body.
Tips When Using Sex Toys
Now that you’ve learned about the different types of pleasure toys and how to use these sex toys, you’re now ready to play! But before you do just that, we’ve got some quick reminders below.
1Sex toys can combine a few different features.
Some sex toy designs can combine more than one feature to create a device that pleasures multiple erogenous zones. Rabbit vibrators are a good example of a combo vibrator, but did you know that rabbit vibrators that have anal stimulators also exist in the market? Don’t pressure yourself into these multi-focus toys though, and pick the toys that will make you feel comfortable and sexually satisfied.
2Toys can be made of a variety of materials.
Things like latex, phthalates, silicones, and others can be used in sex toys. These materials can cause an allergic reaction in some, and not in others. Be aware of what materials you may be sensitive to so you can avoid pleasure products with those same ingredients.
3Always use a lubricant.
Whether you’re using an external or internal vibrator, make sure that you’re using a lubricant to make your sexual experience seamless. Water-based lubricants are always the best bet when using sex toys or even condoms so always have some on hand.
4Regularly wash and dry your sex toys.
Sex toys should be cleaned between every sex act and every time you change your partner. Improperly cared for sex toys can increase the risk of urinary tract infections and can even spread sexually transmitted infections.
Always refer to your toy manufacturer’s instructions for washing and care needs to make sure that you aren’t inadvertently damaging the product. Also, always make sure to thoroughly dry the toys because damp toys can grow mold!
5Consider condoms even when using toys.
Condoms should be used on phallic toys – especially those being shared between partners. Again, this can cause infections no matter how clean you keep your toys.make sure that you aren’t just switching out the condom between partners, but between the body parts they are being used, too. So if you’re moving a vibrator from, say, the mouth to the vagina, make sure that you swap out the condom as well.
6Understand how to use the sex toy, and use them as intended.
Take time to understand the uses of the sex toy that you’ve just purchased. Read the directions and explore the controls before using the toy. Ease into using it and stop if anything feels uncomfortable. Also while household items are fun last-minute sex toys, try not to make a habit of it because batteries in things like electric toothbrushes may not be properly encased and create caustic reactions. Food products are very porous and can carry bacteria and also possibly cause infections.
7Single-use toys mean one time use only.
Yes, sex toys can be a bit pricey, even when they’re single-use. But they were designed and created that way for a reason. Do not attempt to clean, modify, and reuse them. If you want toys you can reuse, purchase the products that are meant to last! It’s not only safer for you, but it’ll also save you money and trouble of having to deal with possible infections and injuries that can come occur from the misuse of products.
8Do not double dip!
If you insert your chosen toy into one orifice, make sure to wash and clean it before inserting it into another even if it’s within the same sex session! You do not want pleasure to be the source of infections and sicknesses.
If you’re too lazy to wash your toys before switching up sources of internal stimulation, use a condom and replace it before reinsertion. This’ll ensure that you’re not transferring fluids or bacteria from one hole to another. Also, make sure to replace the condom or clean the toy once the toy is placed on a surface between uses! You don’t know what germs it can pick up on that surface and how it can affect your health.
9Properly store your toys between uses.
Make sure that your toys are protected, not only to keep them sanitary between uses but to help them last longer, too! Pack up your toys in velvet or satin containers that can keep them safe from dust, moisture, and surfaces that can damage them. It also helps you hide your toys from prying eyes.
10Purchase toys from credible companies.
There are so many companies nowadays that are selling sex toys which can make it hard to determine which ones are safe. Do proper research on the companies you buy from and see how transparent the manufacturers are about the materials they use and how specific they are about how to clean and care for their products.
Benefits of Using Sex Toys
In case orgasms aren’t motivation enough for you to own a sex toy, they do offer other benefits. Here are a couple more reasons you should always have a sex toy within reach.
1Sex toys can help improve your sex life.
Sex toys aren’t just for solo plays, they can help improve you and your partner’s sex life! There’s only so much a human body can do, and that’s when sex toys can come in handy. Sex toys can help prolong your intimate sessions together. They can get you hotter during foreplay, and can even allow for more frequent blended orgasms. Women report being more having more satisfying sex when sex toys are involved in the bedroom. So consider sex toy purchases investing in your partner’s sexual pleasure.
2They’re great for your self-confidence.
Knowing your own body and how to pleasure yourself gives you a level of confidence you wouldn’t believe. You gain an appreciation of your own body and its capabilities. It also makes you more confident when having sex with a partner because you know what you like and how to get it. Experimenting with different sex toys and the different sensations they offer let you get to know your pleasure points even better.
3Pleasure helps you sleep better.
A round of satisfying orgasms allows you to sleep better and deeper, and good sleep is essential for staying in tiptop shape. Proper rest strengthens your immune system, sharpens your cognitive skills, and keeps you in a better mood. These all help lower the risk of depression and anxiety.
4Sex toys can help strengthen your pelvic muscles.
Having strong pelvic muscles can help prevent urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence is when you can no longer control your urination. This happens to 30% of women at some point in their lives. Sex toys can help you strengthen the muscles necessary to stop that from happening. Stronger pelvic muscles also allow you to have better, stronger orgasms.
5Pleasure products can help increase intimacy between you and your partner.
Long-term relationships can become complacent and predictable. Introducing sex toys to the bedroom can help bring back the spark that you both used to experience in the early stages of your relationship. The use of sex toys can help you and your partner become more vocal about your wants and desires in the bedroom. It encourages both of you to become more communicative and express yourselves.
6They’re tailor-made for sexual satisfaction.
A lot of science and research goes into sex toy development. They are designed to help you achieve sexual fulfillment. Sex toys are created to hit all your pleasure points and assist your body in achieving the most sexual pleasure possible.
7Sex toys can help amp up your libido!
Using sex toys when you masturbate or have sex with a partner can help women become wetter, more elastic, and increase blood flow. All these factors can help make sex feel better and improve the experience. This can all help make you more excited about sex and crave it more.
8They can help you get your workout in.
Sex and masturbation are great ways to keep your heart rate up and burn some calories. Each minute of sex burns five calories and increases blood flow and your metabolism. Think of sex toys as gym equipment in that they aren’t requirements for a good workout, but they certainly help. Sex also engages various muscles in different parts of the body. And just like exercise, keeping a regular sex schedule helps maximize all their physical benefits.
9Sex toys can help lower your risk of heart attacks.
Because sex toys can help you get more excited and more enthusiastic about sex and masturbation, using them can be very good for your heart. Sexual activity can help balance out estrogen and progesterone averting risks for osteoporosis and heart diseases. There are studies that show that men who have sex twice a week are much less likely to die of heart disease than men who rarely had sex.
10Sex toys can help alleviate body pain.
Orgasms can help block pain if you didn’t know. So before reaching for medication to help with discomfort, maybe grab your favorite sex toy to ease them first. Aside from the body blocking capabilities of sexual stimulation and orgasms, you can use the toy itself as a massager – especially those of the wand vibrator variety!
The world of sex toys is a vast place that’ll take some time to really become familiar with, but take your time exploring. Learn about all the toys the world has to offer and which ones actually bring you (and your partner) sexual joy and pleasure. Never succumb to the trendiness of specific toys, rather understand the wants and needs of your body and find the tools to fulfill those.