A lot of the stigma about bondage has evaporated in recent years and there are many curious lovers looking for a new way to enjoy sexual experiences with their partners.
Bondage can be soft, sensual and romantic - as well as kinky and intensely thrilling. The simple act of restraining your lover offers new physical experiences and an intensified feeling of trust and closeness.
Seen as an art form by many who practice some of the more elaborate methods of restraint, bondage encompasses a wide range of bedroom activities, from blindfolding your partner to binding their wrists and ankles.
If you've ever wanted to try light bondage, this guide will show you how to bring up the topic and where to start.
The world of sex toys can be daunting, to say the least. Whether you're buying for someone special or treating yourself, it's hard to know where to start. This guide will give you a whistle stop tour to the sex toys section on Lovehoney to help you on your way.
Above: Whether you're looking to buy your first sex toy, or your hundredth, there are some things you just gotta know. Watch this video guide and let Jess Wilde show you the way.
Female ejaculation - or squirting - has been around for centuries, but only recently has it become a desirable addition to a lady’s sexual repertoire. Previously, the fluids resulting from female ejaculation were often dismissed as peeing during sex, leaving naturally talented squirters stressed and embarrassed.
We now know the liquid is closer to what’s secreted by the male prostate when stimulated, leading many to refer to the Skene’s glands (the glands around the G-spot responsible for the secretions) as ‘the female prostate’.
And, most importantly, squirting is now celebrated! Most lovers now see the gushing liquid as an amazing physical expression of arousal, and women are clamouring to experience the exotic sensations a squirting orgasm brings.
Want to join Club Squirt? This guide will help, but like everything in the world of sex, you’ll need to spend some time figuring out what works best for you and your body.
Before you begin
If you are in a relationship, it’s advisable to bring it up with your partner before surprising them with your new skillset. Although obviously your bodily secretions are your own business, it’s worth giving their preference some consideration.
Also bear in mind that for many women it’s a skill that, once mastered, may start happening involuntarily.
The good news is that thanks to a litany of recent porn videos starring female ejaculation, many people are already fully signed up to the idea and eager to reenact the film fantasy in their own home.
Relaxation is a key aspect of squirting orgasms, so ensure you stay chilled as you prepare.
You can learn solo or with a partner, so pick whichever you prefer.
Make sure you clear your calendar - potentially over multiple sessions - and don’t put yourself under pressure. Use the bathroom beforehand, and put some towels down.
The female orgasm and penetrative sex can be an elusive combination. According to randomly harvested statistics, approximately 70% of women are unable to orgasm through penetrative sex alone. When reading through the spools of 'advice' on the subject, I find it quite alarming how little it is mentioned that this is NOT a big deal.
A lot of Agony Aunts have reams of advice on 'feeling more comfortable with your partner' and 'learning to relax' amongst other issues, but this just isn't applicable to a lot of women. We are comfortable with our partners. Some of us have squeezed out a sprog in front of the other half. Some of us have a sexual repertoire containing more tawdry acts than you'd find in a rockstar's memoir. Some of us, well, we just live to 'smack that'. Doesn't mean we get to orgasm through penetration alone (and no guys, it does not mean that you're doing it wrong).
Most women require clitoral stimulation to orgasm and unfortunately it's an anatomical probability that no matter which shapes and angles you pull, the alignment for clitoral contact just isn't always going to be there. If you can't arrange yourselves so that your partner is hitting your clit, you just need a little help from a friend.
If you want a quick and easy solution, you might want to reach for a cock ring. They come in a range of shapes, sizes, textures and styles and every one is designed to do different things. Traditionally, cock rings have been considered a male erectile enhancement aid and there are plenty of cock rings out there (and indeed on our site) designed for that very function, but there is also a bounty of other rings out there designed specifically to get you off during penetrative sex.
Just as with the hair on our heads, eyebrows, and faces, pubic hairstyles come in a wide array of shapes and colours. Some people like it bald, some people like it neatly trimmed; and others prefer to follow the spirit of Woodstock, and let it run wild and free.
If you are, however, in the staggering 92% of women and 83% of men who primp their pubes in some way, then just read on for our finest styling tips.
If you like the look of shiny clothing, you may have already tried PVC or patent leather. The next step for many people is trying latex or rubber. You don't have to be a hardened fetishist or fashionista to try latex and this guide will help you choose the right size latex wear and explain how to put it on.
Before you start: check that you do not have a latex allergy. Cut cheap latex gloves into strips and place them in various places against your skin (under a bra strap, inside a sock, inside a waistband) and, after an hour or two, check for any signs of irritation.
You may be thinking; “But I've used condoms, I know I'm not allergic.” You should still patch test various parts of your body before encasing yourself in the stuff, just to be sure.
Above: Watch fetish expert, Jess Wilde, explain all you need to know about wearing latex clothing.
For some of us, the words, ‘role play’ send a shiver of excitement down our spines; for others, it’s more a chill of fear that reminds us of uncomfortable team-building exercises.
But using role play in the bedroom is about much more than indulging your long-held and unspoken fantasy about that traffic warden who once fined you.
By adopting a different persona, many people find it easier to open up and explore situations and practises that they would never normally broach, allowing them to experience greater fulfillment and also bringing them closer to their partner.
But how do you get into it without feeling a little, well, ridiculous? Well, just read on below to see not only how you can choose the scenario (and outfit) that's right for you, but how to fully enjoy your foray into the world of character play.
Above: Want to know how role play can increase your sexual confidence? Lovehoney's lingerie expert, Sammi Cole, explains in this video.
When it comes to prostate toys, Aneros are leading the way. Their medically researched, designed and patented massagers have been specially created to stimulate the prostate gland, release prostate fluid and promote overall prostate health.
Aneros started in America and quickly gathered a cult following as men learnt how to find, stimulate and love their prostate gland using the ergonomic massagers. With many noted health benefits, incredibly stimulating shapes and numerous positive reviews, the Aneros brand has become the top name in prostate toys, leading to demands for products from all over the globe.
Running off mains-power, rechargeable power or large batteries, the sheer power of magic wand vibrators make them ideal sex toys when you find other vibes just don't cut it.
The classic magic wand design features (a large head to spread vibrations over a wide area, a flexible neck for extra precision and a rigid body that houses the controls) make this toy ideal for intimate, as well as deep-tissue, massage - ideal as a couple's foreplay toy as well as your brand new favourite vibrator.