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.
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.
Guys, you'll be pleased to know being healthy is not all about wheatgrass shots and multivitamins. There's a much more enjoyable way to improve your wellbeing:
Bashing the bishop, five-knuckle shuffle, beating the meat - however you like to refer to it, masturbation has been proven time and again to have many health benefits that go far beyond a way to fill time between episodes of Game of Thrones.
Chances are, you won't need much persuading, but if you're looking to justify that jerk-off session, just read on for six awesome perks to pole-polishing you may not have considered before.
For those who are planning a romantic night-in, we have compiled a list of 7 of the sexiest Netflix movies to help you set the mood.
Whether you're spending the evening with your long-term lover, your sex buddy, your crush (or even if you're flying solo) rest assured – we've got the film for you.
One of the joys of sharing a house is that you can almost guarantee that at some point, you’ll hear your housemates bumping uglies. It’s like a university rite of passage.
But what about when it comes to indulging in a spot of alone-time?
No one wants their new roomies to know that they’re doing the five-knuckle shuffle after a particularly steamy episode of Orange is the New Black, and worrying about overly-loud vibrations and moans can really ruin the mood.
So for those of you who are shy about playing with yourself whilst your friends play FIFA on the other side of the wall, we've rounded up a selection of the best quiet sex toys, as well as some tips from our experts on becoming a top undercover lover.
A bedroom staple for many people, the bullet is often considered the sex toy that guarantees zero to orgasm in under a minute. But the bullet vibrator is a toy that should be exploited to its full orgasmic potential.
Want a few more ideas for how to use this versatile little vibrator? Look no further! This guide will give you some new ideas for how to use a bullet vibrator.
One of the most common questions we hear at Lovehoney is "what should I try next?"
Often couples like the idea of progressing play, especially if they like their sex to be a little on the kinky side.
Now, clearly, there never needs to be a "next" if you don't want there to be.
Sex isn't a graded system or a "competition of cool", and you won't "flunk" sex class if you don't keep trying lots of new stuff.
However, life does tend to be a lot more fun and satisfying when you're up for stepping outside of your comfort zone now and again - and never is that more true than when talking about sex.
(What's that saying about "variety" and "spice" again?)
So if you're up for trying something new in the bedroom and are looking for a few suggestions for what to try next, then this blog is for you.