Considering purchasing a sex toy? Nicole O’Connor discusses the various options available to you and gives some advice for those intending to use them.
So you have finally worked up the courage to buy your first sex toy, but you have no idea where to begin. First of all don’t be nervous, a lot of single people and couples now own sex toys and it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
 
However before using a sex toy there are a couple of things you have to know:
 
  • When you first purchase your chosen device read the instructions and follow them carefully, then retain these instructions in case you need them again.
     
  • Remember to wash your toys before and after use, remember to follow the cleaning instructions carefully as these will vary from toy to toy.
     
  • Use a condom with your sex toys where possible, this will keep them clean and reduce the risk of bacteria.
     
  • Always buy your sex toys from a trusted shop even if you can find them cheaper elsewhere.
     
Now that you are aware of the main precautions, it’s time look at some of the different types of sex toys available.
 
Cock rings
A cock ring is a ring which is placed around the penis, it is mainly used to slow the flow of blood from the penis resulting in a man maintaining an erection for an extended period of time. These rings can be made from a variety of different materials such as rubber or silicone.
 
A Strap on
A strap-on is a dildo designed to be worn normally with a harness, during sexual activity. A strap-on dildo can be used for a wide variety of sexual activities, including vaginal intercourse and anal sex. A Strap-on can be used by people of any sexuality or gender.
 
A Dildo
A dildo is a sex toy that resembles an erect penis, which is intended for bodily penetration during masturbation or sex with partners. This device is often sometimes referred to as a vibrator as many do come with a vibration setting.
 
Butt plugs
A butt plug is designed to be inserted into the rectum for sexual pleasure, these are similar to a dildo. However there are some differences between the two devices, a butt plug tends to be shorter and has a flanged end to prevent the device from being lost inside the rectum.
 
It is important to bear in mind that while sex toys are used by many for sexual pleasure, to enhance maturation or to enhance sex play. You should also remember different people like different things and not everyone feels comfortable using sex toys. No one should ever agree to do something that they are uncomfortable with.
 
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