Table of Contents
- Why You Should Play With Sex Toys?
- Increased Sexual Satisfaction
- Genital Stimulation
- For Transgender, Nonbinary, or Gender Nonconforming People
- For People With Disabilities or Certain Disorders
- What Kinds of Sex Toys To Use
- BDSM Toys
- And More
- How To Play With Sex Toys
- Solo Play
- Partner Play
- Group Play
- And More
- Health and Safety
- STD Prevention
- Choosing the Right Lubricant
I was late to the game when it came to exploring my sexuality. My first kiss was at 19 years old. The first time I slept with someone was at 21 years old. Even the first time I saw a man naked, I was completely terrified.
I was never really sure how to approach questions on sex, even if I had many. The first man I'd been with had been ten years older than me. So, he was much more experienced than I was. I remember when he first told me about sex toys, I was shocked.
For those who don’t know what sex toys are, they are known as pleasure toys, adult toys, or “marital aids.” They are to enhance one’s pleasure.
I thought, "Isn't sex enough? Aren't our bodies enough?" He was nice enough to encourage me to try. He said, "You might enjoy it." So, one night, we both went inside a sex shop. And he said, "You can choose whatever you want."
I chose an unobtrusive vibrator, and we used it that very night while he was inside me. This is when I realized that women's bodies were built differently. And that the majority of women don't orgasm with penetration.
When it comes to sex toys, I suggest keeping an open mind. There is no judgment, just excitement when it comes to adult play. And this guide’s got you all covered.
Why You Should Play With Sex Toys?
If you're curious about bringing sex toys into your intimate experiences but haven't made the leap, you're not alone! Many people don't realize the rewards of incorporating these playful gadgets into their sexual activities.
Sex toys can boost pleasure, unlock new paths of exploration and even improve your overall sex life, just like a small vibrator did for me. For me and others, using sex toys is the easiest, fastest and sometimes, the only way to achieve an orgasm.
They're designed to amplify your joy - introducing unique sensations and extraordinary stimulation to erogenous zones for deeper satisfaction and more powerful orgasms.
With a range of toys like vibrators, dildos, and strap-ons, they provide diverse ways to stimulate your genitals, awakening sexual arousal like never before. Besides providing exhilarating experiences, sex toys can aid in gender exploration and expression, especially for transgender, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming people, alleviating dysphoria and promoting self-discovery.
Further, they provide invaluable assistance to individuals with disabilities or certain disorders, making pleasure and intimacy more accessible. With adaptive sex toys specifically designed for limited mobility or physical impairments, everyone can enjoy opportunities for sexual expression and pleasure. Give it a go; you won't regret it.
What Kinds of Sex Toys To Use
Now that you understand the benefits, let's explore some of the different types of sex toys available.
Vibrators: The Classic Pleasure Provider
There's a slang term used in the dating world, "vibe check", to assess the general atmosphere or mood of a person, group, or situation. I'll tell you now that vibrators are a good vibe check in the bedroom. Vibrators have been a staple in the world of sex toys for decades, and for good reason. These versatile toys offer various types of stimulation, including clitoral, G-spot, or even full-body massage.
My favorite so far has been The Bean, a quiet clit-sucker that’s given me instant orgasms in less than a minute. If you want a stronger vibration, you can try The Bobble, which has a bulbous head. Chinchilla is if you like the vibration in two spots, inside the clit and in the clitoral area. Using different vibrators is a good way to answer the question: what turns you on? Find one that suits your preferences, and let the vibrations take you to new levels of pleasure.
Dildos: The Realistic and Non-Vibrating Option
Dildos are fantastic pleasure-enhancing devices that come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you prefer a lifelike experience or want to explore different textures for a little extra excitement, there's a dildo for everyone! You can choose one with vibration, such as the Deuce, if you enjoy that added sensation or go for a more classic design without it - both options are available. Dildos can be used for solo fun or as a playful addition to your partnered sessions. They're incredibly versatile and can bring a new level of pleasure to your intimate experiences.
Strap-Ons: Empowerment and Shared Pleasure
Strap-ons open up exciting possibilities for exploring diverse dynamics in partnered or group play. They provide individuals with the opportunity to embrace different roles, with one person wearing the harness and the other person enjoying penetration. Strap-ons can be wonderfully versatile, suitable for a range of scenarios such as pegging, lesbian and gay play, or even adding an adventurous touch to BDSM scenes.
BDSM Toys: Explore Your Fantasies Safely
If you're interested in exploring power dynamics or adding a touch of kink to your sexual experiences, BDSM toys can provide the thrill you're looking for. From handcuffs and blindfolds to floggers and nipple clamps, these toys can help you tap into new realms of pleasure and excitement.
Anal Toys: Unlocking New Pathways of Pleasure
For individuals seeking anal stimulation, there is a range of toys designed specifically for this purpose. Butt plugs, anal beads, and prostate massagers can help beginners, as well as experienced individuals, explore the unique sensations associated with anal play.
Love Eggs: Discreet Fun on the Go
Perfect for those who enjoy discreet stimulation, love eggs (also known as ben wa balls) are small, highly versatile toys that can be worn internally. These toys provide gentle vibrations or subtle movements, creating pleasurable sensations during everyday activities or intimate moments.
Learning How to Enjoy Sex Toys
Boosting your understanding of sex toy play is the secret to a creative and delightful sex life. Here are ways to bring the toys into play:
When it's just you, getting to know your body via sex toys can be an exhilarating adventure. Ensuring your comfort and setting your personal guidelines is crucial. For example, the world of vibrators is vast with varieties like bullet, rabbit, or wand styles, each offering their own sweet spots. Contemplate the use of lubricants, such as Jellytime’s personal lubricant, for a smoother experience.
Using sex toys during partnered fun can pave the way towards deeper closeness while serving an extra dose of pleasure. Openness and understanding of each other's comfort levels become essential. You may consider adding a little extra with a clitoral stimulator during the act or voyage the unchartered territories with a g-spot probe. Don't forget to maintain your toys' cleanliness and consider using protective covers like condoms for hygiene's sake.
For anyone inclined towards group play, clear consent and open dialogue hold the prime seats. Toys like double-ended dildos or vibrators that can be shared add an exciting layer to the collective experience.
Not to forget, understanding the rhythm of group dynamics is essential in ensuring every participant feels at ease and valued. Regardless of your style of play, remember to clean your sex toys pre and post-use to deter any potential infection.
Every person has unique tastes and boundaries, so always adapt your selection of sex toys and activities according to your personal preferences for an experience to treasure.
Health and Safety
When it comes to sex toy play, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety. Read product descriptions and reviews to make sure toys are body-friendly. You might be asking, what kind of materials are better? Make sure it checks all the boxes:
- Non-porous, which means the toy has a smooth surface
- Easy to clean
- Quick to dry
- High-quality medical-grade silicone
- Borosilicate glass
- Stainless steel
Avoid "fake silicone." This would be Thermoplastics (TPR and TPE), phthalate-leaching vinyl (PVC), and “jelly silicone.” And, before we jump into hygiene, can we please avoid the use of cucumbers, carrots and bananas as sex toys? I remember one partner suggested this. I was too shy to say no. But now I know the risks. It's just not worth it.
Cleanliness is crucial when using sex toys. Wash them thoroughly before and after each use, following the manufacturer's instructions. If you're sharing toys with partners, consider using condoms or cleaning them between uses to prevent the exchange of bodily fluids.
Toys need to wear protection, too. Research conducted in November 2014, highlighted in the 'Sexually Transmitted Infections' journal, discovered evidence of human papillomavirus present on vibrators even a whole day after they had been utilized and cleaned. Using barrier methods like condoms and dental dams can help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during sex toy play.
Remember to wash your hands before and after each session and avoid sharing toys if you or your partner(s) have an active infection.
Enhancing Your Sexual Experience with Proper Lubrication
When it comes to engaging in comfortable and enjoyable play with sex toys, one of the key factors to consider is proper lubrication. To ensure a seamless experience, it's important to always use a water-based lubricant, such as Jellytime’s personal lubricant, specifically designed for your particular toy. This will help avoid any potential damage caused by using silicone-based lubricants with silicone toys.
It's worth noting that not all lubricants are created equal, as different types serve different purposes. For most sex toys, water-based lubes are typically the safest choice. On the other hand, if you're looking for longer-lasting lubrication, silicone-based lubes may be the way to go. Ultimately, the best way to find the perfect fit for your needs is through a bit of experimentation with different lubricants.
By taking these simple steps to prioritize proper lubrication, you can elevate your sexual experiences and ensure a smoother, more pleasurable time with your toys.
Playing with sex toys can be a thrilling and rewarding experience that can enhance pleasure, facilitate exploration, and strengthen intimate connections. Whether you're flying solo, enjoying time with a partner, or exploring group dynamics, sex toys offer a world of possibilities. Remember to prioritize your health and safety, communicate openly with your partner(s), and, above all, have fun. Embrace the adventure, and let your desires guide you as you explore the exciting world of sex toys!