1. We all know that sex is designed to be pleasurable, but there are times when, for lots of us, it can get a little uncomfortable.

    In fact, the majority of women and many men have experienced painful sex at some point in their lives.

    If you've found that sometimes your 'oohs' of delight turn into 'ows' of discomfort, then don't worry - there are things that you or your partner can do to make things easier.

    As a Lovehoney blogger, I believe that nobody should ever have to endure painful sex, so here’s my 11-step guide on how to troubleshoot and fix the cause of it.

    Whether you have a vagina or a penis, these steps could help to put an end to painful sex and allow you to become the sex-loving god/goddess that you always secretly suspected you might be.

    5 Foreplay Moves She'll Love

    Many of life’s most enjoyable activities require you to work quickly. A game of Boggle, for instance, or eating a 99 in the heat of summer.

    Sex is certainly an enjoyable activity; it's up there with board games and ice cream in my books.

    But good sex isn’t about sprinting to the finish line. Taking the time to engage in electrifying foreplay is crucial if you want to knock your partner’s socks off.

    Here are 5 tried-and-tested foreplay moves that your lucky lady is bound to love.

    7 Non-Penetrative Toys That'll Drive You Wild

    When we think of sex, chances are that lots of us are imagining some penis-in-vagina kind of action. But why, when there are so many other options for pleasurable play?

    Despite what many of us are taught to believe, penetration is not a prerequisite for amazing foreplay.

    There are so many incredible ways to play that don’t involve inserting Tab A into slot B.

    Luckily, if you're after some outercourse experimentation, Lovehoney have a smorgasbord of sensational non-penetrative toys on offer, so here are 7 to get you in the mood for some mind-blowing external play!

    Tips for Writing Erotic Fiction

    Have you ever thought about writing your own erotic stories? Or maybe memoirs? Then you're not alone.

    Lots of people feel awkward about sharing their writing – understandably so, if you've ever read a comment section anywhere on the internet.

    It's scary to put yourself out there. But it can also be a huge turn-on, and ultimately rewarding.

    Even if your audience is just yourself and a lover, erotic writing is a great way to explore fantasies. Writing can relieve stress, and when you're doing it for fun, it can be a welcome break from academic assignments.

    If you've ever thought about putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard as it's now more often known (though it does sound slightly less romantic), here are some small steps to get you started.

    What Do I Need to Know About Sex at University

    If you're heading off to university for the first time this autumn, what should you know about uni sex? Florence and Reed from ComeCurious share their advice on the things they wish they'd known about intimacy at uni.

    Sex at university can be fun, but it can also be awkward, confusing and uncomfortable. It’s hard to know exactly what to do when sex education at school left blanks on particular areas (essentially, everything fun).

    We all have a lot of questions when it comes to sex: will it hurt the first time? Is it normal to masturbate? How do I perform well?

    And it’s a hard topic to bring up with friends and family. Most of the time we learn the hard way, after awkward one night stands and experiments gone wrong. Although it’s great to learn from our experiences, it’s also great to go into these new situations having some good information.

    Luckily, there are places where you can learn more, such as our YouTube channel ComeCurious and Lovehoney’s e-book UNISEX. Both are filled with tons of useful advice to make your university encounters are easier, more comfortable and most important of all, more pleasurable.

    How to Explore BDSM When You're Single

    The BDSM community are a group who practise Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism.

    If you’re interested in aspects of BDSM and you’re ready to further explore your sexuality – that’s great!

    If you have a partner or partners who want to go on this journey with you, then there are exciting times ahead. However, it can be hard to know where to start if you’re single.

    Here’s some advice for those of you who are sexy, single and ready to discover the world of BDSM.

    6 of the Best Toys for Couples

    Have you got a vibrator tucked away under the bed that your partner's never seen? Or perhaps your favourite Fleshlight never makes an appearance when your girlfriend comes over?

    Many of us have sex toys that we enjoy solo, but what about the ones that are designed to be used with another person?

    That’s yours, this is mine – it’s all overrated in my opinion. If you’re jumping in the sack with someone, it's time to share the love around.

    Lovehoney knows that sometimes it really does take two to tango, and that’s why they stock toys that are multiplayer.

    Here are six incredible couples’ toys that are sure to get two thumbs up from both of you.

    Pornography has come a long way over the past few decades. Well, maybe not so much in content, but in terms of accessibility.

    The fact is, most of the fantasies we see acted out in porn have existed for hundreds of years, but previously, you had to go to some lengths to see them. Like subscribing to 'specialist' magazines, or braving a seedy-looking sex shop in a back alley.

    With the internet age, our desires are at our fingertips.

    People who are curious about trying/viewing something other than vanilla sex are able to do so with more ease than they would have, say, thirty years ago.

    However, between the mainstream media, search engine algorithms and the influence of major pornography companies, it can be difficult not to become bored with the same ol' studio-filmed heteronormative perfect-bodied images flashing across our screens.

    Here are just some things we are tired of seeing in pornography:

    What Does it Mean to be Pansexual?

    Every time I come out as pansexual I have received comments like ‘Pfft, that’s not a real thing’, ‘So… you’re bi?’, ‘PANsexual?! Do you like pots too?’ or ‘What, you’re hot for Peter Pan?’.

    Trust me, I’ve heard it all.

    Even though I did have a huge crush on Jeremy Sumpter as a child and a non-stick frying pan does make my heart flutter, these remarks make me eye-roll so hard that in the moment, I choose to label myself as bisexual instead.

    After talking to some other pan-pals, I know my experience is pretty common.

    So, I’m here to shine a light on pansexuality, we’ll explore its definition, how it compares to other sexualities and I’ll give a bit of an insight to what it means for me to be pansexual.

    I recently found an old copy of Gary Chapman’s ‘The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate’.

    The pages are yellowed and some of the content is outdated, but overall it’s not a very sexy book.

    But just like any sex/relationship books I own, I like to see how things have changed over time (this book is almost 20 years old) and if any concepts can be applied to modern relationships.

    This book screams companionship and marriage issues, but I’m on a mission to steam it up and see how it can help in the bedroom.

    Gaz, I think you’re onto something – let’s do this together.

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