Welcome to our new 'Play at Home' mini series, where we aim to keep you entertained, coping and sexually thriving during these interesting and unique times.
Want to reingite the spark in your relationship that you've possibly been taking for granted, but without necessarily just jumping straight into bed?
This week, Sammi and Nick catch-up (remotely, of course) and share their thoughts on the different ways to boost intimacy and show appreciation of your partner that don't just involve sex. Time to start thinking outside of the box!
We also cover our usual segments "You can never know enough about sex" and "Sexual happiness starts with you", where we share real tips and tales from our lovely Lovehoney customers.
Have you got a top tip or amorous anecdote to tell? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
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Just mentioning 'masturbation' brings to mind solo pleasure like no other, but did you know that mutual masturbation is a thing too? It's pretty great! It lets you and your lover share intimacies in new ways and if you've never tried it before, you're totally missing out.
If you've got a partner and a willing set of palms then do we have the list for you. All these positions are great for couples with any gender configuration – if we haven't mentioned your bits, we promise the feel will still be good with whatever you've got.
So invite your lover to join you, and take a look at our top 6 mutual masturbation positions.
It's International Masturbation Month!
Since the month of May is entirely devoted to the celebration of self pleasure, we thought we'd ask award-winning sex therapist and relationship specialist Chantelle Otten to answer 7 common questions about solo fun.
From 'getting to know yourself' when you're in a relationship to orgasming (or not), here's a quick Q&A to help you win your next masturbation-themed Zoom quiz.
If your sex education was anything like ours, it was probably a lot of putting condoms on bananas and adding labels to grainy print-outs of the female reproductive system.
And while all that stuff is very important (particularly when it comes to practicing safe sex), there is a lot that it didn't cover - especially when it comes to the pleasure aspect.
You've probably heard that humans are one of the only species to have sex for pleasure rather than solely for reproductive purposes, along with pigs, bonoboes, and dolphins. So why do we only ever learn about the reproductive side?
Well, because we believe you can never know enough about sex, here are a few things that we think everyone should learn about the enjoyable side of getting down and dirty.
The whole month of May is International Masturbation Month. It's a month entirely devoted to the celebration of self pleasure.
Now, it's important to realise that masturbation is both a privilege and a right. So it's time to not be so private about what we do in our private time.
Masturbation has so many benefits, beyond just feeling good, and there are plenty of ways we can make it even better. Read on for my top tips!
As you can probably guess, Lovehoney is pretty pro-masturbation. When it comes to things to get behind (and on top of, and underneath) masturbation is high on our list.
But you don't have to supply the world with top-notch sex toys to love jacking it. Tonnes of people love to love themselves. And why not? Rubbing one out has a host of wonderful benefits.
However, not everyone masturbates. In fact, the number may be much lower than you think. A study by the University of Chicago found that only 61% of men and 38% of women have masturbated in the past year.
Perhaps these people are embarrassed to admit it, or perhaps they still believe some of the bizarre myths about masturbation.
After all, it wasn't so long ago that people believed a cheeky solo-session would cause acne, insanity and even the dreaded hairy palms.
But, let's put those ridiculous rumours to bed right now. Masturbation has endless advantages; not only is it great for mental well-being, but it has surprising health benefits.
While masturbation comes (hehe) naturally to some, for others it's not always plain sailing. That's why we've created this blog. No matter if you've never masturbated before, or are simply looking for a few tips to mix it up, we'll break it down for you, step by step.
When I think about vibrators, I realise that although they're really adaptable, they seem to be commonly marketed towards women.
Even in my personal life, I'd say that the women I know are much more likely to own a vibrator than the men. Vibrators are crowd-favourites for a reason, and I want people of all genders to experience their rumbly goodness.
There are already some amazing vibrators for men, but I also think that a little creativity goes a long way when it comes to our sex toys.
Men, this one's for you.
It's not that I never thought I'd try the Clone-A-Willy Vibrator Moulding Kit, it's more that I just never knew that this erotic DIY project existed.
When I found out that this sex toy meant you could you make a vibrating carbon copy of your lover's penis, my mind was blown. This is what I'd been looking for all these years!
I've always found penetrative toys kind of intimidating and it usually takes me a while to warm up to them. But as soon as I found out about Clone-A-Willy, I was cheering! Forget feeling uncertain about whether a toy was going to feel good or not. I was going to have a vibrating dildo modelled on my most favourite willy in the world.
When I'm not getting him to tie me up and assemble an over-the-door sex swing, I'm asking him to replicate his penis. What a lucky man he is.
What I never learned about the clitoris in sex ed is enough to fill multiple books.
Looking back, it’s no wonder I didn’t have an orgasm until I was 21. Historically, sex education has mainly focused on how we reproduce as human beings and how to avoid becoming a young parent. This may be a big part of why the clitoris has been so overlooked in the classroom.
The clitoris is the only organ in the body with the sole purpose of providing pleasure. That’s it. That’s its only function. So, it’s no surprise that the clitoris hasn’t been covered in sex education classes that are only concerned with the best ways to prevent a pregnancy.
When you’re concentrating teaching a class on the egg and the sperm, the clit doesn’t really enter into it – but should it? The clitoris plays a crucial role in sex and masturbation, so if your high school sex ed classes didn’t leave you any wiser we’ve got six facts ready to kick-start your clitoral education.