How Sex Toys Improve Sexual Health

1
Sex Toys Are Great for Self-Love

CaiaImage/Getty Images

The act of “playing” is something we most commonly associate with our childhood. When we were children, the adults in our lives encouraged us to play—and we derived immense pleasure from stimulating our imaginations, engaging our senses, raising our heart rate and, of course, employing our favorite toys.

As adults, the majority of us have all but eliminated playtime from our schedules in favor of activities we think will help to further our goals and improve our overall health and well-being. While you may know that all work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull child, you may not be aware that research shows that playtime shouldn’t just be reserved for kids. Indulging yourself in a moment of leisure, fun or fantasy is not just enjoyable; it also actively improves your mental, physical and emotional health and well-being. 

Now, Barbies and Hot Wheels might not be as appealing as they were in our grade school days, but there is a whole world of toys designed specifically for adult tastes. You know where this is going. I’m talking about sex toys. Masturbation is the quintessential adult playtime and sex toys are the central tool to maximizing your playtime pleasure. 

The first step to getting the most out of your “play date” is to block out some down-time for yourself. Instead of channel surfing or web-browsing, engage in a little personal play with sex toys! Not only will you inevitably have a blast, but you’ll also experience benefits to your sexual (and mental) health. Here’s how:

2
Sex Toys Make You More Orgasmic

Vizerskaya/Getty Images

Due to a variety of physical, physiological and psychological factors, most women do not regularly orgasm from intercourse alone. Research on female arousal has shown that each woman’s unique anatomy can determine the ease or difficulty she may experience having orgasms. As an example, women with clitorises located anatomically closer to the opening of their urethras (a condition that develops in-utero) may have a higher probability of experiencing an orgasm during sex. This means that for a lot of women, self-stimulation is imperative for achieving orgasm—whether alone or with a partner.

An important rule for playing with others is to share. If you’re using a sex toy with your partner to increase your orgasmic potential during intercourse, it can be exciting and beneficial to try out a couple’s vibrator. Toys designed for two can increase your chances of orgasming together and help both of you reach orgasm sooner or even multiple times during the same sex session. When it comes to this kind of fun, more is better. After all, research shows that there is a 50% lower mortality risk in men who orgasm frequently.  

3
Sex Toys Provide Orgasmic Variety

Tim Robberts/Getty Images

According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 94% of men and 85% of women masturbate. Since so many of us are already showing ourselves the love, why not explore ways to make it feel even better? Using sex toys can help you to reach orgasm more easily and even experience different types of climaxes—including clitoral, multiple, G-spot and prostate—that you might not be able to achieve using just your hands. Plus, sex toys can generally last a lot longer than fingers, hands and wrists, prolonging the pleasure without the inconvenience of cramping or going limp.

For women looking to explore blended orgasms (orgasms that are felt internally and externally simultaneously), the Dahlia from Vibratex is your go-to toy. And if dual stimulation isn’t your forté, set your sights on a toy that mimics the sensation of receiving oral sex without having a partner present, like the Cobra Libre II (for him) or the Womanizer (for her). (Ladies, don’t let the name deter you; in initial Womanizer test groups, 98% of women reached orgasm in less than 5 minutes and 73% had multiple orgasms!)

4
Sex Toys Can Reduce Pain

Willowpix/Getty Images

Pain during sex can be caused by a number of factors including stress, vaginal dryness, inflammation, infection, irritation and injury. Using your fingers to self-stimulate can be uncomfortable and cause cramping, especially for those with arthritic wrist and finger joints. An easy way to reduce pain and increase pleasure is by using pleasure products such as lubricants, vibrators or dildos for support and stimulation.

Using sex toys and products to aid in sex or masturbation lightens your body’s workload, putting you back in control and giving you the orgasm you deserve. And that orgasm may actually serve to lessen your pain! Research shows that oxytocin and other feel-good hormones that are released in response to sexual activity are natural pain relievers and stress reducers. They can also lessen symptoms of restless leg syndrome, alleviate headaches and increase self-esteem. In other words, playing with yourself is good and good for you—and using toys just heightens the experience!

5
Sex Toys Make Sex Easier

People Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Certain sex toys are designed to increase comfort and ease when pursuing pleasure, making them a pleasurable and helpful option for people with disabilities and physical limitations. There are toys like the We-Vibe Nova that bend and adjust to your body and shape, toys that stay in place without effort and devices with added length to easily reach your pleasure points. While you can often to fit your needs, more and more companies are making customizeable sex toys that cater to every unique body and situation.

If you’re looking to make certain sexual positions more easily accessible, try using some sex furniture like the classic Liberator sex wedge! It’s expertly engineered to make your favorite positions (and even some challenging ones) achievable for any couple.  

6
Sex Toys Can Improve Your Relationship

fotostorm/Getty Images

Research shows that regular sex is one of the key factors to maintaining a healthy marriage. So, next time you’re looking for a way to reheat your relationship by spicing up your sex life, break free from missionary position and use some sensual accoutrement to change up the routine.

You can slow things down with a sensual massage oil candle or attempt new hand tricks with a wearable finger vibe. Playing together with toys helps couples rekindle romance and enhance emotional intimacy and excitement. You may even find that you talk more openly about what you like sexually. For example, when you spend time together shopping for toys that you both want to try (whether online or in stores), talk about what toys are a yes!, no! or maybe. You might learn something about your partner (or yourself) that you never knew before!

Continue Reading