New Scientist: "Got some public speaking to do? Here's a tip to keep stress at bay: have sex beforehand. But make sure it's penetrative sex - the magic vanishes if you pursue other forms of sexual gratification.
Stuart Brody, a psychologist at the University of Paisley, UK, compared the impact of different sexual activities on blood pressure when a person later experiences acute stress. For a fortnight, 24 women and 22 men kept diaries of how often they engaged in penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI), masturbation or partnered sexual activity excluding intercourse. After, the volunteers underwent a stress test involving public speaking and mental arithmetic out loud.
Volunteers who'd had PVI but none of the other kinds of sex were least stressed, and their blood pressure returned to normal faster than those who'd only masturbated or had non-coital sex. Those who abstained had the highest blood-pressure response to stress (Biological Psychology, vol 71, p 214)." [Read the full story]
Suddenly giving that presentation to the company board doesn't seem like such a bad idea…
We've mentioned Valentine lingerie and Tracey Cox's new range of sex toys in the last couple of days, but what about the gentlemen? Admittedly if you were to indulge in some red-hot underwear or one of Ms Cox's personally endorsed vibrators your other half would be pretty happy to begin with, but if you'd like to get him something to really put a smile on his face, have a browse of our specially selected Valentine Gifts for Him. There's the Candy Cock Ring which is sweety'n'saucy, silk boxer shorts, and that old stalwart - a book of Blowjob Vouchers. If you want to get more adventurous, you could gift him a Pink Mouth Fleshlight for those nights where you're not around, or, if he's not uptight about exploring his own back passage for better fun, an Aneros Prostate Massager. Let us also not forget the Plaster Mould A Willy set which is guaranteed to give the pair of you a good laugh if nothing else. We've got three pages of Valentine Gifts for Him for you to take a look at - take a look now to get it delivered to your door in good time.
Lovehoney is extremely pleased to announce we are the exclusive online retailers of the official Tracey Cox sex toy range. Tracey has personally selected top quality vibrators, lubes and gifts to go alongside her bestselling better sex books Hot Sex , Super Sex and The Sex Inspectors Masterclass to make sure you have maximum fun. You can buy the complete range of Tracey Cox's toys online at Lovehoney.
Having helped millions of people with their relationships through TV shows and books, bestselling sex author Tracey Cox is helping Supersex the UK's love lives with her own range of sex toys and personal lubricants.
The Tracey Cox Supersex range is designed to help singles satisfy themselves solo and for couples to have exceptional sex. Guaranteed to appeal to first time buyers and more experienced consumers alike, the products are sleek, stylish and come with the seal of approval from the UK's leading sex and relationship expert.
The range consists of four toys and two lubes: the Supersex Rabbit (the quietest rabbit ever made), the Supersex Pleasure Vibe (perfectly handbag-sized), the Supersex Finger Tingler and Supersex Love Ring (supplied in stylish sachets that easily pass as designer condoms), and the two lubes - Supersex Love Lube and Supersex Silicone Luxury Lube.
"They're stylish, simple, spectacularly effective products - and they're not expensive," says Tracey. "The aim is to provide a way for couples to experience intense, immense orgasms regularly - both solo and together. They also help solve the age-old dilemma of how to get her to orgasm through penetration, since 70 to 80% of women currently don't."
"It's not a sign of desperation to own a vibrator - it's a sign of having a rich, full sex life," continues Tracey. "And it keeps you looking good as well. Masturbating releases tension, improves circulation and makes our skin glow. It's like a vitamin pill except a lot more fun!"
The Tracey Cox Supersex range is available exclusively from Lovehoney
Valentines Day is only a couple of weeks away - and if you need something to make it a red letter day for your lover, what better way to get him going than to treat yourself to some sexy Valentine lingerie. We've got over 30 great lingerie items in our Valentine collection, including the Dreamgirl Satin Split Baby Doll & Thong Set and the Dreamgirl Satin Bustier Set (pictured).
If you want to look at more lingerie, you can visit our comprehsive selection of silky lovelies in our Lingerie department, and also pick up some bargains in our Lingerie Clearance sale. You're sure to find a surefire winner amongst all of those…
The Japanese have always been at the forefront of inventing life-enhancing technlogies - and the new Japanese-inspired Vibratex range that we've just started stocking at Lovehoney is no exception. These toys are super sexy and beautifully crafted too - form meets function meets fun!
Pictured is the Vibratex Japanese Twinsu Vibrator - the rotating shaft has pearls and large nubs that massage when used in an in-and-out motion -and it lights up too! There's also the Butterfly Japanese Vibrator which also lights up and has a rabbit stimulator that provides amazing sensations, while the Pixie Plus Japanese Vibrator features an angled head for G-spot stimulation, and hundreds of tickling nodules. The angled head moves up and down, and you can control the speed and intensity separately from the vibrations. The Pixie Plus has the added bonus of an attached vibrating egg with a uniquely styled suction sleeve. They've thought of everything!
All of the Vibratex Japanese vibrators are have a superior build quality and their long-lasting, quiet motors make them the choice for the quality-conscious. Each vibrator is made of 100% Elastomer, which is kinder to your skin than conventional jelly vibrators.
This is the vibrator that had a starring role in Sex And The City Series 1, Episode 9 and turned Charlotte into a recluse! Thanks to Sex and the City, the Original Jack Rabbit Pearl has become a must-have for every woman.
Find out why Charlotte wouldn't leave her apartment - is it the tumbling bulbous pearls that massage the vaginal walls, or the rabbit tickler that's just the right angle for perfect clitoral stimulation? Really strong vibrations too!
If you never tried a vibe before, here's where to start - if it can do great things for Charlotte, imagine what it can do for you!
Bits Of News carries a deeply historical and deeply amusing article about how masturbation has been vilified from generation to generation, but absolutely everyone's at it. The snappily titled In Defense Of Wanking; Fairy Tales And Pud-Pulling. A sample quote:
Now, first off, I think I can safely say that just about every great person throughout history, man or woman, is, or has been, a practising wanker. Most of them, much like the rest of us, are just not that up front about it, even towards themselves. But some people, and by no means just professional writers, tend to record just about anything and everything in their diaries. Most people just don't get the posthumous honour of getting their most intimate and embarrassing scribblings printed in The Guardian.
American journalist Violet Blue is a woman of many talents, not least running the website Tiny Nibbles, which is chock full of useful sex advice. As a sex columnist and editor, she has a refreshingly straightforward approach to talking about many topics, usually involving trying things out for herself and reporting back to her readers. This sort of honesty makes for great reading and also is inspiring for trying out new things.
Violet Blue breaks her site down into a few headings - For Couples, Fellatio, Cunnilingus and the like - and within those categories provides a big list of articles she's written that cover virtually everything you'd want to know. Probably not a good idea to read this website at work, unless you have very broadminded bosses. Definitely a good idea to read it when you get home and share it with your Significant Other…
Be hard to imagine not getting your boyfriend's full attention when wearing one of these spectacular leather corsets from Allure. Newly stocked at Lovehoney, we have several corsets to choose from - the Allure Leather Ribbon Corset Set, the Allure Leather 5 Zip Corset Set, the Allure Leather Corset Dress and, if you want to get really daring, the Allure Leather Patent Leather Cupless Corset Set. There's also the Allure Leather Patent & Mesh Lace Up Dress Queen and the Allure Leather Black Patent Catsuit (miaow!) amongst over 40 other items we've got of Allure's great leather lingerie range.