The number of people I've known who either have never heard of an open relationship, or who are extremely sceptical of them and what they entail, is astonishing.
Essentially, an open relationship is one where one or both parties are allowed to be physically (or emotionally, or both) involved with other people outside the relationship.
Being currently in one myself, I understand how after being taught your whole life that monogamy is the only way forward, wanting a relationship set-up a little outside the norm can be daunting and hard to admit to.
Even once you have decided that this is the path you wish to go down, actually getting on and doing it can be hard to navigate at first.
As such, I have come up with a list of Do’s and Don’ts for hopefully helping to make an open relationship work, whether you are already in one yourself, or trying to work out how the heck to even get started…
If your housemates are so chilled that they won't raise their eyebrows if you close yourself for an hour in your bedroom with that sexy guy you just met, well, you're super lucky.
For some of us, things just aren't that easy.
No matter how friendly your housemates are, sometimes living with them just makes it impossible to have sex in your bedroom. Would you truly want to be heard by your friends while you moan and scream of pleasure?
So, sometimes, we are forced to be a little creative: we need to explore other places for intimacy instead of the old plain bedroom and create new scenarios to fulfill our desires.
I'm not saying you must limit yourself to the classic bathroom quickie: it can be exciting, as we all know, but sometimes it may be difficult to 'get to the point' in such a short time.
This is where super-discreet sex toys that you can wear out and about come into play…
Do you often catch yourself thinking: "If I were an unusual sex toy, what would I be?"
If your answer to that is yes (and, if not, why not?), then look no further!
Penetrate the unknown and stimulate your adventurous side with our new quiz.
Using a state-of-the-art, scientific algorithm (also known as a quiz), we have developed a way of finding out which unusual sex toy you are based on your likes and dislikes.
Don't believe us? Give it a try. It will blow your mind.
Make sure you let us know which unusual sex toy you are in the comment section below.
I love trying new things sexually. Love it.
There’s no denying the thrill of a first time in any sexual activity, and not just the quintessential ‘First Time’.
There is nothing wrong with a bit of experimentation, be it a tweak on something you already do, or an extreme step if you are the more adventurous type.
Since I have dabbled in various experiences sexually - some just once, some which have become a favourite thing of mine - I thought I’d share with you the four things I view as being fun, accessible for all experiences.
Uni is the perfect time to experiment and find out even more about what you enjoy in (and out) of the bedroom, so make the most of this period of excitement and freedom!
Hopefully you’ll be brave enough to give one of them a go, no matter your relationship status.
Bondage is fantastic fun, spectacularly sexy, and often the perfect play to bring any couple closer in quite a number of literal and metaphorical ways.
But when it comes to sharing your love of restraint and sensory deprivation with a new partner, it's not always easy to know how to bring it up.
First impressions of bondage, however, as well as media-reinforced misconceptions, can be far less favourable.
Sharing this kink with a new partner can be highly rewarding, but must be done with due care and sensitivity.
With this in mind, I've created these simple and safe tips to help you introduce your partner to first-time bondage without fear.
So, you're off to university and there are 10,000 things you have to remember to bring with you.
Though you've probably thought about plates, cups, towels, and most of the boring stuff, with all the stress about where you'll be living and how you'll find your course, other details can be overlooked.
And guess what? Your prospective sex life may perhaps be one of those details.
I myself will be starting university in my first year in October and whilst I am of course sorting out accommodation and education-related items, my thoughts have indeed turned to what activities I will be up to when not studying. I have a high sex drive, so intend to engage in as much pleasure as I can.
As such, I have thought ahead so you don't have to! Here are what I believe to be essentials (plus a few optionals) to ensure you can play hard as well as work hard this academic year.
For many people, there are few things more mortifying than the idea of someone hearing them masturbate.
While there's no reason to be ashamed of masturbation at all, the social stigma, fear of a certain reputation and many other reasons mean that most people would rather keep their private pleasure just that: private.
University is a time of juxtapositions. A wealth of nightlife and no money to explore it, a world of academic study and no time to embrace it and, for many, a new horizon of sexual possibilities and far too little privacy to comfortably enjoy them.
Statistically, university is one of the most common times for a woman to start experimenting with masturbation and sex toys, but it is also frustratingly often one where privacy is at an all time low due to the paper thin walls and eternal uncertainty about who's in the house.
That’s where this handy guide comes in, to help you maximise your potential you-time whilst minimising the need to worry about nosy flatmates asking awkward questions.
Are you a student? Do you love writing about love, sex, and everything in between?
We’re looking for student bloggers to contribute to our student hub, The Oh Spot on all things sex and relationships at uni.
Whether you’re a fresh-faced fresher or a post-grad pro, we’d love to hear from all writers who are currently studying and writing regularly about university life.
From sleeping with your housemate to making things work long-distance, and the heart-warming to the toe-curling, we'd love to hear what you have to say about kinky campus shenanigans (and putting all those free condoms from the Fresher's Fair to good use).
Just send your name, the name of the university you attend and a link to your blog or vlog channel, together with a few sentences about why you’d like to write for Lovehoney, along with 2-3 suggestions for feature titles to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Ever since it was released in Japan, Australia and New Zealand last Wednesday, Pokémon GO has all but taken over the world.
From Lickitungs in the park, to Grimers in church and Squirtles in the supermarket, fans both young and old have been discovering the joys of Pokémon hunting in the real world, thanks to GPS technology and an incredibly addictive free-to-play app.
Released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original games (and boy, does that make me feel old), Pokémon GO has dominated the headlines, with people finding these weird and wonderful Pocket Monsters in the most bizarre places imaginable.
So given that we want Lovehoney to be the very best (like no one ever was) we set off into our sex toy warehouse to find out which Pokémon could be lurking among the toys.
We're just glad we didn't catch any Krabbies.
When you're picking out the perfect sex toy, what it looks like often plays a huge part in your selection process.
Sure, we may all long for a bulgingly-veined, intricately-detailed flesh-tone dildo with bulbous balls, or a velvety-soft vulva in a tube, but should you accidentally forget to close a drawer or have one of those snoopy roommates, they're not the most… discreet of items.
While we believe no one should be ashamed of masturbating or using sex toys (after all, as Jim's dad would say in American Pie, "It's a perfectly natural, normal thing"), we also appreciate that letting your freak flag quite so blatantly isn't always appropriate.
So, in the name of incognito intimate explorers everywhere, we've gathered this collection of sensational sex toys and accessories that look nothing like you (or anyone else) would expect them to.
Let's just say, if discretion is the better part of valour, then these sex toys are your erotic Knights of the Round Table.