When it comes to masturbation, everyone has an opinion.
For some, it's the highlight of their day, and they can't get enough of it; for others, the appeal is completely unfathomable.
Over the years, a ton of myths have sprung up around the concept of self-love, and it can be tricky sometimes to seperate the fact from the fiction.
Will you go blind? Is it bad for you? Will it ruin sex if you do it?
Particularly when it comes to our upbringing and the beliefs of those around us, the benefits of masturbation can be a bit of a murky area.
But the good news is, if you're still on the fence about flicking the bean or doing the five-knuckle-shuffle, here are 15 common beliefs about masturbation that just aren't true.
For many of us, D.I.Y. is a term more often associated with tedious weekend trips to B&Q than something a lot more pleasurable.
However, 'doing it yourself' shouldn't just be reserved for trying to whip up a shelf with the ease of Nick Knowles on DIY SOS.
During the middle of any stressful period, I can't be the only who could do with a bit of help trying to relax after those long days, and unfortunately, giving up some of our precious time to have some fun with somebody else just isn't a priority.
However, that doesn't mean that we can't find some of that sexual happiness by ourselves.
If, like me, you'd benefit from a low-maintenance helping hand to put a smile on your face, have a look at four fabulous toys that are fit for the job.
In the last few decades, we as a society have definitely become more and more comfortable talking about our sex lives with our friends (and even strangers).
After a few drinks, our tongues can become a little loose, and many of us start confessing what we get up to behind those closed bedroom doors.
Whilst some of us would rather keep our sexual secrets exactly that, there's no shame in sharing our experiences and learning from each other's successes (and mistakes). Sharing the odd hint and tip can really benefit your friends and, as they say, knowledge is power.
So, I've put together the best pieces of advice I've had from my friends since. I hope you have fun following this advice; I know I certainly did.
We can all benefit from each other's experiences, so if you have any must-have advice please comment below. Remember: sharing is caring.
Whether you’re a bean-flicker or a bishop-basher, we can pretty much all agree that masturbation is great.
But have you ever wondered how solo play slots into the history of humankind?
From kinky cave paintings to steam-powered sybians, the history of self-love is deep, intricate, and inherently fascinating.
For example, did you know that cornflakes were invented to lower your desire to yank the crank? Or that the first dildo is almost 30,000 years old, and made of polished siltstone?
So hop on your hand-cranked time machine and come with us (pun intended) on a trip along a torrid timeline of touching yourself.
We've come a long way in our perceptions of sex and sexuality recently, but we still have a long way to go.
I doubt anyone reading this would feel anything but appalled at the idea of someone being made to feel ashamed of their sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status, or unable to express their sexual desires.
Yet, it's still so common in our society for people whose preferences when it comes to sex itself lie beyond the vanilla to feel abnormal or confused.
This act of belittling or mocking someone's particular preferences in the bedroom is known as 'kinkshaming', and it can be pretty harmful.
So I've taken a look at the key reasons why this is a problem, and why it needs to change.
Roll up, roll up.. Or balm up, as the case may be, as we have a winning entry for our Review of the Month...
Winning a whopping £100 voucher for a sexy shopping spree on Lovehoney is SoftCollar.
This new forum member is intensifying bedroom antics with the silky smooth Lovehoney Bliss Orgasm Balm 200g.
Congratulations SoftCollar. Achievement level: Cool clitoris unlocked!
"I normally struggle to maintain sensitivity during solo play, so I've got this cute little tin stashed with my C-spot toys. The balm is super silky and glides on the skin nicely. You only need a bit too!" Read the full review here.
It's not over yet! We have 3 runner ups to announce, each receiving 2000 Oh! Points...
As someone who has owned and used sex toys for the majority of their sexually active years, I am a huge advocate of all types of toy and see no problem in possessing and enjoying them.
With such a large range on the market, there truly is a toy out there for everyone.
That being said, as the title of this article suggests, I am here to shout loud and proud about the fabulousness that is:
The realistic dildo.
Although many people would consider this a toy box staple, there are many others who are yet to be convinced.
Why does it have to look so realistic? Surely if it doesn't vibrate, it's not worth it? Why does it have balls?
Well, I'm here to enlighten you as to why these toys deserve a place in everyone's bedside drawer.
Condoms are truly unsung heroes.
Not only do they prevent unplanned pregnancies and STIs, they let us experience new sensations, they help sex last longer, and - if we are being really honest – they make the post-coital clean up oh so simple.
Condoms only want what’s best for us, yet we make them the butt of our jokes, we use them for bizarre internet challenges, and we don’t appreciate them as much as we should.
It’s a modern-day injustice, so I’m here to play devil’s advocate for the humble condom. Brace yourself – I’m about to drop some serious truth bombs.
The only boring thing about a Lovehoney delivery is the plain brown box it arrives in.
But don't take our word for it.
In our last couples' interview, we spoke to two regular customers to find out why they choose Lovehoney as their go-to sex toy shop.
What would they tell us? Is it our 24/7 customer care that keems 'em coming back? Our discreet packaging? Or maybe our 365-day returns policy?
Not inclined to blow our own trumpet (it's so much more fun when someone else blows it for you), we asked them.
Check out what they said, and let us know why you shop with Lovehoney in the comments below.
Introducing Couple 1: Natalie and Tom
From: Derbyshire, UK
Together For: 2 years
Breakups are a natural part of life, and come in all shapes and sizes, just like relationships. And, just like in relationships, not all aspects of a breakup are always black and white. One of the big questions that comes up time and time again is a simple one - is it OK to have sex with an ex?
The biggest thing to remember here is that, in a weird kind of way, a breakup is another facet of the relationship itself, and as such the exact details of the breakup will be as unique to each situation as the relationship itself was.
When it comes to ex sex, the most important aspect to take into account is how exactly the relationship ended. Was it mutual or one sided? Calm and accepting or explosive and painful?
These details can make all the difference, so let's look at how.