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New to the world of sex toys and not sure where to start? First things first, don't be scared. While gadgets designed with the bedroom in mind might look intimidating to a novice, in amongst those brightly coloured buzzing curves and ridges, a whole world of pleasure awaits.
Finding the best sex toys for you is no mean feat. To maximise your satisfaction it's worth knowing how, what and why the right sex toys can transform your love life. Keep scrolling for the benefits of USB-powered pleasure, plus our pick of the the best sex toys on the market right now...
The benefits of using sex toys
Sex toys come with a surprising number of mind-body benefits for both solo masturbation and fun with a partner, so consider it an act of self-care.
"The benefits of using sex toys and having orgasms in general are endless," says Kelly Gordon, Creative Director at Hot Octopuss and sex positive podcast host at Pleasure Rebels. "Orgasms have been known to help with everything from pain relief and better sleep, to better circulatory health and glowing skin. What's more, orgasms and sexual pleasure also release happy hormones that make you feel amazing and reduce stress while you are experiencing pleasure, during and afterwards!"
What sex toy should you buy?
Sex tech is constantly evolving and there is always something new to try. But generally speaking traditional sex toys for women fall into a few key categories including vibrators, clitoral stimulators, G-spot stimulators, love eggs and butt plugs. So, think about what type of pleasure you typically prefer before making a purchase.
"For someone looking to try sex toys for the first time I would advise them to really think about what they like, how they like to be touched, or how they touch themselves when they masturbate," suggests Kelly. "When it comes to vulva products, you can often select toys based on the area of stimulation you prefer, for example G-spot or clitoral, internal or external."
According to Kelly, it's also important that you shop for yourself and not with your partner in mind. "Countless people, myself included, say the first sex toy they brought was one they thought their partner would enjoy – often something big and rigid," she says. "As a society we are so focused on penetration, that we are automatically drawn to these objects that represent penises and penetration. However if you ask most vulva-owners, their go-to sex toys are usually something smaller and more directed at their own pleasure."
How to make the most of sex toys
For beginners, the best way to approach sex toys is with enthusiasm and an open mind, not to mention ample sex lube. "For the first time, I can’t stress enough that you should have a clear mind and no preconceptions," says Kelly. "Also try not to have any goals, such as, 'I want this toy to give me an orgasm quickly', this kind of thing adds immense pressure and often means you won’t achieve what you set out to.
"Relax, clear your mind, even take your toy into the bath with you as there are so many fantastic waterproof toys you can use," she adds. "Enjoy the whole experience, let your mind wander and explore your fantasies!"
The best sex toys to shop now
To help you get started, keep scrolling for the 13 most popular types of gadgets for women to use alone or with a partner, including vibrators, clitoral stimulators and butt plugs, plus our pick of the best versions of each one.
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