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Choosing Your First Sex Toy

Vibrating sex toys are an increasingly common part of people's sex lives nowadays but when it comes to choosing your first one, the choice can be intimidating.

Sex Toy Safety Tips

We recommend the use of pthalate-free sex toys. Pthalates are substances added to plastic to make it more flexible, more durable, even to make the plastic clear in colour. There have been reports of pthalates havening negative effects on people.

We are advocates of sex toys that are made from silicone. This is because silicone warms easily to a person’s body temperature (making it more life-like) as well as being safe to use intimately with your body. That being said, if you have an old sex toy that may contain pthalates that you can’t help using, then put a condom on the toy.

Sex toys come in many shapes and sizes, from penis-shaped to ‘novelty-shaped’. We advise that the sex toy which you decide to use is right for the job at hand. Always read and follow all of the product information that came with the toy. Follow all product safety instructions and head all warnings. The last thing anyone wants is for a toy to get stuck inside of you or to hurt the sensual parts body.

Chosing the Right Type of Sex Toy

These tips will help make choosing your first sex toy easier.

  1. Vibration: Some people like vibration. Others find the sensation unusual at first but grow to love it and some people find it leaves them cold. Until you test it out you won't know which category you fit into. However, it's worth starting with a Play Touch as the more intense sex toys can be a shock to the system at first. The Play Touch is a fun vibrating 'finger' sex toy. Apply it as hard or as soft as you like. We recommend experimenting with the Play Touch to see what gives you the most pleasure.

  2. Size:  Choose a size that doesn't seem too intimidating. Generally, a sex toy will have less give than a penis so don't be surprised if a toy the same size as your partner (if you have one) feels too big.

  3. Power: Sex toys can be powered by batteries, charge through the mains or even solar powered. Check how a sex toy is powered before purchasing so you don't get stuck with a sex toy that uses hard-to-find battery sizes.
  4. Discretion: It's normal to be shy about using a sex toy, particularly if you're new to it. Picking a quiet sex toy can help make it less embarrassing. There are lots of non-threatening erotic boutiques around nowadays, so you can test the volume of the toy (and don't worry, the shop assistants won't judge you at all. They work at a sex shop, after all...) 

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If it feels too tingly, put your hand underneath it, or use it over the top of a sheet.