Sex Toys

It is surprising how many different types of sex toys are avaiable. Sex toys vary from purely male or purely female sex toys to toys that can be used by both sexes and by couples together. There are also some sex toys that can also be classified as sex aids or marital aids in that they can help with sexual difficulties.

This article will give some insight into sex toys in general. A Guide to Sex Toys is an additional source of sex toy information we can highly recommend.

The Purpose Of Sex Toys

Some sex toys aid the man's erection others stimulate the female genitals to become more sensitive and many provide a different feel to 'normal' sex. Other sex toys provide an 'environment' for variations in sex, for example so called orgy bed sheets. Sometimes they are used to help a person who has difficulty with unaided sex to achieve sexual satisfaction. However most sex toys provide new ways to directly stimulate the male or female genitals to achieve sexual satisfaction and provide a significant psychological boost to the sexual experience.

Using sex toys can prompt new experiences and variations in the sexual experience. It can also provide a fantasy element for enhancing or revitalising a relationship.

The usual expectation is that a sex toy provides direct stimulation of the genitals in foreplay and/or during sexual intercourse or as a means to obtain orgasm through only the stimulation provided by the sex toy.

Types of Sex Toys

Vibrating Sex Toys

Probably the most well known sex toys are 'vibrators' which, as the name suggests, provide stimulation of the genitals using vibration. They are mainly used to stimulate the clitoris and vagina (particularly the entrance), but may also be used to stimulate any other part of the female body or that of a man's.

The simplest of these are pencil or wand shaped (though normally thicker than a pencil). They often have an internal batterries which power a small electric motor. Sometimes the battery pack and controller are external and connected to the vibrator by a wire. This motor is fitted with a small, out of balance, weight attached to the shaft. As this weight rotates it throws the motor and vibrator into a small circular movement which causes the vibration you feel. You can see this in our video clip of the Sorbet Delight Vibrating Egg.

With a vibrator that has a controller, as the power is increased the speed of the motor increases and with it both the rate and strength of vibration. Both the strength and rate of vibration effects how stimulating you find the sex toy. With a controllable vibrator the 'strong and as fast as possible' setting may not be the most stimulating. Alos the optimum settings for you may well change as your degree of excitement builds. To get the best results it is worth buying a vibrator which is controllable.

Different vibrators will have different characteristics and you may well find you prefer one combination much more than another and your preference may even vary depending on which part of your body you are stimulating.

More recently electronic vibrator controllers have appeared which provide not only the static control of power/speed but also allow you to select patterns of power pulses and surges. These can be very effective. For some examples of these more advanced vibrators see our hi tech section.

There are also other vibrating sex toys such as butterfly stimulators and vibrating penis rings.

Other Powered Sex Toys

There are some sex toys that use other ways to provide mechanical stimulation. These usually depend on a motor that makes the sex toy continually change its shape which provides a sort of rotational movement or makes it move back and forth. The back and forth movements are sometimes powered by an air pump rather than a motor. The movements have been used to create, for example, mechanical licking tongues, vibrators that 'penetrate' the vagina and mouth simulators to give a man a 'blow job'.

Combination Sex Toys

So far we have covered vibrating, moving and thrusting sex toys. As you may have guessed these are all offered in a bewildering array of combinations.

A common combination in many 'Rabbit Style' vibrators is clitoral stimulation using vibrations and vaginal stimulation using movement and sometimes a thrusting motion as well.

Many sex toys add varying textures to their surfaces; a dildo or vibrator may have ridges or soft spikes or a rippled shape.

Sensation Change Sex Toys

Some sex toys rather than provide vibrating or moving stimulation, change the feel of sex.

For instance there are a variety of sleeves to put over the penis to provide different sensations for both partners while engaged in penetrative sex.

There are rings that squeeze the base of the penis and/or tighten the scrotum that assist the man's erection and also changes his sensations. There are penis extenders and thickeners which may give a man's partner greater sensations during penetration.

There are a wide variety of lubricants that can significantly change the feel of sex.

There are PVC and Polyurethane bed sheets that are water and oil proof that can be used for slippery or messy sex.

Why Use A Sex Toy?

A good question is why do people use a sex toy? Surely fingers, tongues, penises, clitorises and vaginas etc all provide great sexual stimulation and enjoyment.

Well, apart from therapeutic uses (eg erection assistance), sex toys can drive the imagination (being taken by a machine), provide variety (new ways to do old things), vary the stimulating effects in otherwise normal sex (penis sleeves) and some can provide experiences not possible with 'normal body parts' (particularly vibrating sex toys and electro-stimulation).

Where To Start

If you have not tried a sex toy before and don't yet have an idea of what you might like, try one of the simpler vibrators first. Read our article on the ranges of sex toys we offer with specific examples.

Most probably having purchased your first sex toy, you will enjoy the experience and then start to wonder what other delights can be found with more sophisticated vibrators and other sex toys ...

Have a go with a range of sex toys, find what suits you and have fun trying them out!

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