When it comes to masturbation, everyone has an opinion.
For some, it's the highlight of their day, and they can't get enough of it; for others, the appeal is completely unfathomable.
Over the years, a ton of myths have sprung up around the concept of self-love, and it can be tricky sometimes to seperate the fact from the fiction.
Will you go blind? Is it bad for you? Will it ruin sex if you do it?
Particularly when it comes to our upbringing and the beliefs of those around us, the benefits of masturbation can be a bit of a murky area.
But the good news is, if you're still on the fence about flicking the bean or doing the five-knuckle-shuffle, here are 15 common beliefs about masturbation that just aren't true.
Whether you’re a bean-flicker or a bishop-basher, we can pretty much all agree that masturbation is great.
But have you ever wondered how solo play slots into the history of humankind?
From kinky cave paintings to steam-powered sybians, the history of self-love is deep, intricate, and inherently fascinating.
For example, did you know that cornflakes were invented to lower your desire to yank the crank? Or that the first dildo is almost 30,000 years old, and made of polished siltstone?
So hop on your hand-cranked time machine and come with us (pun intended) on a trip along a torrid timeline of touching yourself.
Sex is wonderful, and there are probably few of us reading this who would disagree.
But, at times, it can be frustrating, embarrassing, and downright awkward. The most common woe I hear from friends is that they aren't getting what they want in the bedroom. Sure, sometimes what they want is a Champagne breakfast in bed, but we can't all have that everyday.
I'm talking about getting what you want between the sheets, and for some, the prospect of talking to a partner about this can be a scary thought. But it doesn't have to be.
The root cause for most people is that they aren't confident in communicating their desires, and for some, they aren't even sure what it is that they want.
Never fear! With these top tips you will soon have all of the tools you need to know what you want in bed - and how to ask for it.
A clit clamp is a simple sex toy designed to gently squeeze the clitoris and provide thrilling arousal without vibrations.
They can be worn during masturbation, foreplay and even sex, making them super-versatile. During wear they offer direct stimulation where you need it most, and when removed they leave the clitoris super-sensitive to subsequent touches.
You'll sometimes see clit clamps referred to by different names, such as clitoral clamps, clit jewellery, clit clips, pleasure clips, Cleopatra's clip, genital clamps or any variation of these, but don't worry. They're all the same thing.
If someone asked you why you masturbate it might seem like an odd question – surely it’s obvious? It feels great, relieves sexual frustration, and some of us even do it just to kill time!
But what if we told you that dabbling in a little ménage à moi may well benefit more areas of your life than you might realise?
With positive impacts on your health, mood, sex life and more, masturbation has been proven time and again to be one of our healthier habits as a species.
To find out why a fap a day can keep the doctor away, keep reading.
If you had asked me how many different types of orgasms there were when I was 19, I probably would have said “…there are different types?”.
Sadly, like many young women, the only type of orgasm I knew about back then was the kind I was habitually faking.
But then I bought my first sex toy, and started being more vocal about what I needed in bed, and, because of this, I’ve learnt that there are at least 12 distinct types of orgasms that women can have.
I’ve not had all of them yet, mind you. But to paraphrase my good friend 50 Cent, this year my plan is to get off or die trying.
If you, too, are curious about this kind of 'Dirty Dozen', then just keep reading to find out what they are, and how you can have them.
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Take a look at our top 10 Best Sexy Gifts for Couples, and add one or two to your basket for an unforgettable shared experience.
With Halloween sneaking up on us fast, many of us across the world are turning our thoughts to which mind-blowing costume we should be donning for the big night.
But, even if you don’t dress up as a sexy traffic warden or a slutty bag of Skittles, there’s a chance that your simple ghost outfit or creepy clown make-up could be causing a stir for someone.
Sexual fetishes and fantasies come in all different forms, so it comes as little surprise that if you’ve ever had an X-rated daydream about a good-looking Georgian ghost, or a frolic with Frankenstein’s monster, you’re definitely not alone.
So, if white sheets make you moan, or detailed zombie make-up brings on a very localised case of rigor mortis, read on to learn more about five particular proclivities that thrive at Halloween…