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.
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.
If you're trying to watch what you eat, Easter can be a tricky holiday to navigate. Soon, Easter eggs will be thrust in our faces by every major supermarket chain and this aggressive marketing tactic is going to leave you with a bigger chocolate craving than Augustus Gloop.
If you want to beat the chocolate giants at their own game, you have to think outside the chocolate box. Get yourself an entirely different type of egg this Easter.
An egg that can make your love life more risky and exciting.
An egg that can give you stronger orgasms.
An egg that can strengthen your vaginal muscles.
"What is this magical, orgasm-giving, muscle-strengthening egg you speak of, Audrey?!" I hear you ask. "And why should I get one?"
Well, my friends, it's called a love egg. And you won't find one in the Easter Bunny's basket - but you definitely will on Lovehoney.
With third term upon us, deadlines and exams are looming, and the summer break seems so close but yet so far.
Even though the nights are getting lighter, the stack of work is getting heavier and I know I'm not the only one who could do with a little treat to try to relieve some of the pressure.
I've always been that friend who is recommending toys to everyone in the group chat, but sadly being the one who is the most experienced in finding sexual happiness means people very rarely throw recommendations my way.
I'm sure many of you are in the same boat as me, where you have lots of toys, lubes and lingerie that still hit the spot... but a little upgrade never hurt anyone.
Therefore, I've put together some of our hit-the-spot classics and offered some new upgrades for you try to this spring. You know what they say: out with the old and in with the new.
Sex in the bath or shower is a curiosity for many, and a 'would highly recommend it' for others. There's just something about getting down and dirty with a partner while getting clean at the same time.
However, if you've ever lived in shared accommodation then you're aware that access to the bathroom, and a clean one at that, can be limited at best. Don't let your living situation be a limit to your sex life, though!
Previously our student bloggers have covered The Best Responses To Noisy Housemate Sex, and Top Tips for Masturbation in Shared Accommodation; given the echo of the bathroom and the splashing that can come with it, it seems that discreet sex in the bathroom is an impossibility.
But where there is a will(y), there is a way, and by the end of this, you'll know just how to have mind-blowing sex in the bathroom.
On the 26th of March, Daylight Savings will begin and the clocks will go forward an hour. This means mentally adding on an hour to the clock in your car until October, because ain’t nobody got time for actually changing it.
For some people, Daylight Savings can mean less time for sex. If you are regularly forced to choose between fighting your housemates for the bathroom or missing the bus to uni, having morning sex may seem impossible.
And the same goes for evenings. You already have assignments coming out of your butt, you certainly don’t have time to be putting anal beads up there, too. Right?
Sex doesn’t have to come to a screaming halt just because we lose an hour on Sunday. The screaming and the orgasms just have to happen faster, so read on if you want to master The Quickie.
Ah, March, that dull month between rarely venturing out from your freezing cold flat and drinking in a sunny beer garden, when New Year's Resolutions are, for many, a distant memory.
For many (myself included) losing weight and toning up was on that list. However, for a number of reasons, maybe it hasn't happened, and you're still not feeling as sexy as you wish you could in the bedroom.
I like to think I'm a very body-positive person, and I genuinely believe in beauty at any size, but when it comes to my own body, I really struggle to put my beliefs into practice.
But, really, body confidence comes from accepting your body exactly as it is, rather than trying to make it into what you think everyone else wants it to be.
So, if you're looking for a boost to your sex appeal and sensuality this spring, we've got three easy tips for you that can help you love your body, and everything it does for you.
Instant attraction can be a wonderful thing. You lock eyes, there's an instant frisson that gets your heart pumping, and you begin to wonder what it would be like to take things further.
With consent and safety precautions in place (these are of the utmost importance, especially when dealing with someone who is essentially a stranger), there is no reason you two can’t enjoy a night of mutual fun.
However, even if they appear to be exactly the kind of person you're looking for, that doesn’t necessarily mean that going home with them is the best idea. I know that with hormones high, especially if it has been a while since your last sexual encounter, there is a temptation to ignore the signs and throw caution to the wind.
Unfortunately, this could end in a disappointing evening in some way. It can be hard to take a step back and evaluate the situation logically, but watching out for these warning signs will hopefully nip any potential for disappointment or disaster in the bud…
If you had asked me how many different types of orgasms there were when I was 19, I probably would have said “…there are different types?”.
Sadly, like many young women, the only type of orgasm I knew about back then was the kind I was habitually faking.
But then I bought my first sex toy, and started being more vocal about what I needed in bed, and, because of this, I’ve learnt that there are at least 12 distinct types of orgasms that women can have.
I’ve not had all of them yet, mind you. But to paraphrase my good friend 50 Cent, this year my plan is to get off or die trying.
If you, too, are curious about this kind of 'Dirty Dozen', then just keep reading to find out what they are, and how you can have them.