In a line up of sex toys, a butt plug could be pointed out by most people - they're fairly distinctive with a tapered tip to make insertion easy and a flared base that sits outside the body to stop the plug being drawn in.
But while the 'how' is self explanatory (it goes up your bottom, if you were still unsure), lots of people are left wondering 'WHY?!'
If you want to know why people use butt plugs, we're on hand to explain.
It's safe to say that masturbation has gone hand-in-hand with Homo sapiens since the dawn of time. But after 200,000 years of palm-on-penis, maybe it's time for a rethink.
Japanese sex toy company TENGA – established in Japan in 2006 by one Mr Matsumoto, a former mechanic – has certainly put a lot of effort into pioneering new ways of giving oneself a hand.
We here at Lovehoney sell a variety of TENGA products to cater to all needs: the disposable Onacup, the easy-to-use but endlessly exciting Egg, the perfectly textured 3D masturbatorsand the hi-tech Flip Hole. Together, the TENGA arsenal is marketed as 'the future of masturbation'.
Here's our guide to the revolution in autoeroticism, 200 millennia in the making.
Unlike other insertable sex toys, a butt plug is an anal sex toy that's designed to be inserted and left in place.
Generally speaking, butt plugs are conical-shaped, starting small and gently graduating in size. They usually feature a slimmer 'neck' at the bottom and a flared base for safety.
So why do people use butt plugs, we hear you cry?
A butt plug gently stretches the anus, creating a sensation of fullness and pressure, and stimulating the sensitive internal and external nerve endings.
When the pelvic muscles contract during an orgasm, a butt plug can intensify the sensation, as you're squeezing against something. Using one as part of your sexual repertoire can lead to intense anal fulfilment and amazing orgasms.
It's a fabulous way to explore anal play for the first time, either through solo masturbation or with a partner.
Spend a little more on a luxury vibrator and you'll find the best features and highest quality materials. But why would you spend more, when you can get a similar toy so much cheaper? Are luxury sex toys worth the extra cost?
This guide explains why luxury vibratorsare a brilliant investment in your pleasure, explains the benefits of choosing a designer sex toy and why your decision to spend a little more will pay off for years to come.
Cock rings are simple devices that help to maintain a harder and longer-lasting erection by restricting the blood flowing back down your penis, which in turn makes your enjoyment last longer and orgasm more likely. Some people choose a cock ring that is worn on the shaft, others like the feeling of a cock ring that goes around the penis and the testicles. This guide will tell you how to measure yourself for both kinds.
Cock rings are measured by diameter. This is the measurement across the widest part of the hole in the ring. You want a cock ring with a diameter that's smaller than your personal measurements - this will ensure you have the constriction that you need. Start with something just a little smaller than your measurements, because the smaller you go the tighter the cock ring will be.
Most cock rings are adjustable or have stretch to them to ensure a good fit, but to be sure it will fit perfectly you need to find out the diameter of your cock or cock and balls. You may be wondering how that’s translatable to your very 3D penis, but it’s easy to calculate and we'll show you how.
Lingerie needs to be stored, washed and dried with extra care and attention to keep it in tip-top condition. Whether it's made of lace, silk or high quality cotton, you'll find your sexy lingerie lasts much longer if you take proper care of it.
Here at Lovehoney, we want to ensure that you get the best from your lingerie. That's why we've put together this handy guide to keeping your delicates sorted and your lingerie looking lovely!
People who use lubricant have better sex. It eases penetration and makes playing, with or without sex toys, so much more enjoyable. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to make every sexual experience you have smoother and more pleasurable.
Above: Confused by lubes? Watch this video guide with Annabelle and you'll be a lube pro in no time.
Even if you feel that your body is doing a great job without any assistance, you might be missing out on loads of extra pleasure without knowing it - over 70% of women find sexual experiences more satisfying with lube.
Whether you just want a water-based lube or if you're feeling more experimental and keen to try other types such as flavored lube or silicone lube, this guide will help you to find the perfect sexual enhancement for any occasion.
The original penis casting kit, Clone-A-Willy has been around for over a decade now, bringing silicone penis replicas to bedrooms everywhere.
Featuring all the ingredients and (almost) everything you need to reproduce your pint-size pal in vibrator form, this kit is a popular make-and-do project with couples all over the world. Just add water (and your penis!) to create a shaking take on your very own member.
While your first impression might be to dismiss it as a giggle-at-first-sight gimmick, there are actually several unique benefits the Clone-A-Willy offers in addition to its side-splitting novelty value.
This guide takes you through the process of using a Clone-A-Willy kit and explains why you and your partner might want to try one.