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  1. A History of Masturbation

    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.

    The Problems With Kinkshaming

    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.

    Why Everyone Should Own A Realistic Dildo

    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.

    How To Have Sex With A Condom (And Actually Enjoy It)

    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.

    Is Ex Sex Ever A Good Idea?

    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.

    It's fair to say that, here at Lovehoney, we love sex toys. It's kind of our thing.

    But, aside from the obvious, there are tons of other uses for your favourite bedside buddy - and we think we've found another one.

    Lingerie expert Sammi (that's me) and bondage pro Jess (that's her) grab a couple of trusty thrusting vibes to see how effective they are as cues in a game of pool.

    Watch us and a comically small pool table battle it out in this special sport-themed episode of Sex Toys Ahoy.

    Fancy giving it a go yourself? Or perhaps just enjoying a thrusting vibrator as nature intended? Read on to see the toys featured in this video.

    How To Ask for What You Want in the Bedroom

    Sex is wonderful, and there are probably few of us reading this who would disagree.

    But, at times, it can be frustrating, embarrassing, and downright awkward. The most common woe I hear from friends is that they aren't getting what they want in the bedroom. Sure, sometimes what they want is a champagne breakfast in bed, but we can't all have that everyday.

    I'm talking about getting what you want between the sheets, and for some, the prospect of talking to a partner about this can be a scary thought. But it doesn't have to be.

    The root cause for most people is that they aren't confident in communicating their desires, and for some, they aren't even sure what it is that they want.

    Never fear! With these top tips you will soon have all of the tools you need to know what you want in bed - and how to ask for it.

    4 Reasons To Try A Love Egg

    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.

    How To Upgrade Your Sex Toy Box

    Even though the nights are getting lighter, for many of us, the prospect of that long-dreamed-of summer holiday still seems like a far-off fantasy.

    But a new season needs a new sex toy, especially when the nights are getting shorter and steamier.

    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 season. You know what they say: out with the old and in with the new.

    How to Have Shower Sex (That Beats Going Out)

    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 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.

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