What is a dildo?
Dildos are simply a non-vibrating, phallic or non-phallic shaped toy designed for pleasure. They can bring pleasure to both men and woman (vaginally or anally) and are often seen as a great first or beginner toy option.
When it comes to Dildos, it's all about girth (the width or fullness of a dildo) and the length. Dildos come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from small dildos the size of a finger, all the way through to what we call extreme dildos, with girths the size of small dinner plates (see our range of huge dildos)!
If you are looking for a realistic dildos, phallic looking dildos now come in many shades of natural skin tones, to ensure you can replicate either what you know, or something from your fantasies.
If you would rather leave the realistic look to when you're with your partner, then there is a vast range of non-phallic dildos that can be amazingly satisfying. The classic dildo is a great starting place - usually made of silicone, TPR or rubber, they can be plain or patterned for extra stimulation. Talking about extra stimulation, glass dildos can be warmed or chilled before use, adding a whole new sensation that many find pleasing.
Another popular use of dildos is for pegging using a strap-on dildos. This is when a female (or male wanting something a bit larger to work with) wears a strap-on dildo in a harness to penetrate her male or female partner. This dildo will have a flared base suitable for an o-ring or similar ensuring the dildo stays in place when used with a harness. Look out for dildos that are tagged as harness compatible. There is also a large range of Vac-u-lock Dildos which lock into place on a harness and are a great beginner options as they stay in place more firmly than an o-ring option.
Whatever stage you are in when it comes to sex toy exploration - every toy kit needs at least 1 dildo!
How to use a Dildo
Like with any toy, the key to introducing a dildo into your relationship is all about communication. Some guys might feel a little odd about have a realistic looking dildo added to the collection, while others will love to help play out fantasies for their partners including the obvious 'multiple partners' fantasy.
Like with all sex toys, lubrication is always a great first step. Just ensure that you are using the correct type of water based lubricant or silicone based lubricant that is compatible to the material of your dildo. Dildos can be used to simulate full penetrative sex by inserting the dildo and moving it back and forth inside the body or they can be used to obtain a sense of satisfaction from the fullness that a large girthed dildo can provide.
With the ability to literally suction onto any flat surface, suction-cup dildos bring a new world of possibilities in terms of where one can play! Especially if you are on your own, you can simply suction your dildo to the shower wall, chair, kitchen bench or even a wall mirror!
Who should use a dildo?
For all those singles out there, dildos are a great addition for your masturbation play. Allow yourself the pleasure of using a suction cup dildo to get the sense of internal fullness while using a clit vibrator to reach full orgasm. On the other hand those in a relationship can use dildos to fulfil fantasies, (once you go black you never go back...) experiment with temperature play, or venture into the popular pass time of pegging!
The key is to just try it! We know you won't be disappointed!
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