How to choose your first sex toy

You may feel a little apprehensive about buying a sex toy for the first time, but you could be missing out on a whole lot of fun. It’s important that you don’t just dive in, however, and you do your research before buying.

What do you want to gain from your first sex toy?
This may seem like a no-brainer, but this will actually make picking your first sex toy much easier; it’s important to factor in size, shape and texture as well as function.

70% of women need clitoral stimulation to orgasm, so you might want to start off small and buy an external vibe. All internal vibes can be used externally too, but if you haven’t used a sex toy before then it’s probably not a great idea to buy the biggest thing you can find!

The toys is a great beginners vibrator as it offers two for the price of one. The supple silicone sleeve is great for internal and external stimulation alike and offers satisfyingly strong vibratory power for such a small toy.

If you want dual stimulation, a rabbit vibrator is a great choice, which has dual motors that work independently of each other, the toys has a powerful rechargeable rabbit, offering incredible flexibility or the flexible battery operated Eden Bunny.

What materials are best to use?

When buying a product that’s going to be in contact with your genitals, it’s really important to ensure that it is skin safe. Materials such as rubber and jelly can be harmful as they are porous, making them difficult to clean. This means that bacteria can linger on the product and could give you thrush. They also contain phthalates, a substance banned from children’s toys because it is harmful to health.

Silicone, metal and glass sex toys are all safe to use as they are non-porous, making for easy cleaning. They also feel really good too!

Glass and metal sex toys are safe to use with oil, water and silicone based lubricants, however you can’t use silicone lubricant with a silicone sex toy. This is because the silicone will react, leaving a tacky texture and a ruined toy. Water and oil based lubes are silicone-sex toy compatible.

Rechargeable vs Battery Operated
While both are great to use, you may want to weigh up the pros and cons of rechargeable and battery operated products.

Rechargeable sex toys are more environmentally friendly and are compatible with most USB socket chargers such as the one you use for your phone. They can also be charged in your laptop or computer. These products do tend to be a little more expensive, however, so you might need to rethink your budget.

Battery operated toys are just as powerful as rechargeable toys, but you will have to keep buying batteries! Having said that, they are great entry-level products to experiment with. T

What about non-vibrating products?
Vibrations aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and lots of people enjoy using dildos for masturbation and as part of sex play. Just like vibrators, dildos are available in a range of sizes, textures and styles to suit your needs.

There are also sex toys that thrust on their own, mimicking the actions of sexual intercourse.

Please note, however, that these products should not be used if you have a pacemaker as they contain magnets.

Are sex toys just for women?
There is still somewhat of a stigma about men using sex toys, but this is completely unfounded and there is a diverse range of male sex toys on the market. Like feminine products, male sex toys are available in vibrating and non-vibrating styles and are suitable for external stimulation or internal play.

Male masturbators are a great introductory toy to use, whether alone or with a partner. They offer completely new sensations felt during sex play, although some do have realistic designs.

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