Sprinkle some spice onto your lockdown sex life with our picks of the best toys
10th Feb 2021
Despite it being 2021, the taboo around using sex toys still exists and many find it awkward to ask about options available. Here, we open up the conversation about sexual wellness and the many benefits of using sexual aids in the bedroom.
It’s no surprise that lockdown has caused a boom in the sex toy industry. We’re spending more time at home than ever before. And whether you are flying solo or with a partner, this typically means there’s more time for sexual intimacy.
It’s a common misconception that sex toys are only for people who are looking to “spice things up”. Sex toys allow you to expirement with what feels best and most comfortable for you, so you can explore what turns you (and your partner) on. Research has shown that a healthy sex life can lead to improved self confidence and allow you to have greater knowledge of your intimate health. It also has many health benefits as well.
Regular orgasms release feel-good hormones like oxytocin and serotonin, says Annabelle Knight, sex and relationship expert with Lovehoney. This reduces stress and anxiety, combats insomnia, relieves pain like headaches and period cramps and improves vaginal health by increasing elasticity and preventing infection.
But despite all these advantages, we still find it a difficult subject to talk about, especially when confronted with an overwhelming amount of options at the store, from lubricants and love rings to a wide range of vibrators. Remember, you are investing in a device that you are going to use regularly, so take a look around at the different options available and be sure to read others’ reviews
To keep things simple and stress-free, here is our guide to the most popular sex toys right now.
This versatile lubricant can make things a lot easier in the bedroom. A little squeeze of the water-based formula is all you need to introduce extra glide and long-lasting pleasure for intimate play with a sex toy or partner. Compatible with latex condoms.
Vibrating love rings provide exciting vibrations for both men and women. They are super easy to use too. Simply add a generous helping of water-based lube to the rings then slide it to the base of his erection and over the balls. Switch it on and he’ll enjoy a tingling sensation, while the vibrating bullet simultaneously targets her clitoris.
This little vibrator is surprisingly powerful. Velvety soft, the three-inch bullet is super comfortable and it also comes with ten settings optimised for clitoral stimulation – a great tool for beginners exploring what they like.
4. Kegal Balls
Just like any muscle, your kegels benefit from a little exercise. Not only does this toy keep your pelvic floor toned, but it intensifies intimate arousal too. Simply lube up these soft, silicone balls, pop them inside and enjoy the sensation as the free-roaming weights jiggle as you move.
You make recognise this silicone vibrator from Sex and the City. There’s a reason Charlotte loved it so much; it hits multiple pleasure zones at once, stimulating both the vagina and cliterus. It has ten earth-shaking modes and is best used with water-based lubricant, just apply onto the ears and shaft to fully enjoy your vibrator.
After deciding what you want comes the hardest part, working up the nerve to actually buy it. You have two options: you can go into the shop and talk to an expert if you’re still unsure or, for those of us who still find the process intimidating, you can buy online from the comfort of your home.
If you do end up buying online, we recommend using McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy’s website. Their platform is easy to use, it offers health advice and there is a wide range of sex toys to choose from. Plus, enjoy 25 per cent off the whole Love Honey range for a limited time only.
When you do make your purchase, be sure to approach the experience with an open mind and allow yourself to indulge in all the new sensations and feelings that come with it. And after doing your research, you know you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!
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