The sex toy industry is booming—and with good reason. There is a huge variety of sex toys available to order online, which allows people to buy them easily, discreetly, and with an abundance of information. TV shows like Sex and the City, Transparent, and Broad City talk about sex toys openly. Sex-positive stores are popping up in cities around the world with a focus on providing a comfortable space for people of all genders to peruse collections of toys with guidance and support from knowledgeable staff.
Some might ask: why use a sex toy when I have my hand and/or a partner? While they might not appeal to everyone, sex toys offer new experiences, sensations, and ease of pleasure to many people, especially women. Scientists are currently exploring how sex toys can enhance pleasure and help you explore your desires, affect self-perception during sex, and allow you to have safer sex without compromising on pleasure. Research shows that women use vibrators to increase sexual pleasure, the intensity of orgasms, and satisfaction with sexual activity during masturbation and partnered sex.
With more access, less stigma, and more research on the benefits of sex toys, the industry has really gotten creative in the types of toys available. While staples such as the Magic Wand massager have been around for decades and have a dedicated fan base to this day, there are new options available for everyone. Some different options include vibrators, dildos, anal toys, rings and strokers, dildo harnesses, and kink and BDSM toys like handcuffs, blindfolds, collars, gags, and nipple stimulators.
Sex toys are helpful for getting the sensations you want from masturbation or partnered sex. They can provide clitoral stimulation during intercourse, leading to more satisfaction and mutual pleasure during penetrative sex. To use a vibrator during penetrative sex, you can hold the vibrator to the desired zone, such as the clitoris, or use a wearable vibrator or vibrating cock ring. Internal wearable vibrators and vibrating cock rings are especially effective for people who want additional penile stimulation. There are also toys available to mimic partnered play while you are alone, such as toys that use suction around the clitoris, like the Womanizer, or vibrators that can be controlled remotely. If you’re unsure what type of vibrator is right for you or how to address using a vibrator with your partner, check out our three part How to Choose a Vibrator video series.
Women looking to increase their sexual pleasure, comfort with the body, and mental and physical health should definitely consider sex toys. It could lead to better sex and more intense and numerous orgasms, which is good for your body and mind. If you’re unsure where to start with sex toys, we’ve created a comprehensive list of our top recommendations!
If you find that despite using sex toys, you’re having trouble reaching orgasm or are experiencing any other form of sexual dysfunction, contact us for a free phone consultation.