Good vibrations: 4 sex toy styles to spice up your self-love

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Given the catastrophe that was 2020, I think we can all agree we could use some ways to relieve stress. And what better way to relax than through an orgasm? With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I wouldn’t advise seeking one out from anyone outside of your social bubble. But, for those of you going through this time alone, masturbation will do the trick. Even though hands work just fine, it could never hurt to throw another element into the mix with a new vibrator. And who knows, maybe further down the line, you could use these toys with a future partner.

Since the pandemic began, sex toy sales have gone up by 30% per day on popular online stores such as Adam & Eve, and naturally so. After all, isn’t masturbating everyone’s favorite pastime? And, unlike any partner I’ve ever had, a good vibrator has never failed me. So, without further ado, here are four styles of sex toys that will hopefully bring good vibrations to your (solo) sex life.

For the beginner

If you’re worried about how daunting sex toys can seem, I recommend starting with something small, quiet and discreet. A classic, bullet-style vibrator will act as the perfect introduction to your sex toy journey. Its compact, sleek exterior is often deceiving — seriously, these things can be powerful. 

Several brands offer affordable, simple and battery-powered options that come in a wide variety of patterns and colors, so you can personalize them to your exact preferences. These approachable styles also have a diverse array of settings with different strengths, patterns and modes. Whichever one you choose, just turn it on when you’re turned on, and enjoy. 

For penetration 

Most vibrators aren’t targeted toward internal stimulation, which makes sense, considering that only about 18% of women can orgasm from penetration alone. However, don’t discredit the wonders that internal stimulation can provide, especially considering that the elusive “G-spot” is within the vagina itself. 

For sex toys focused on vaginal stimulation, I would look into flexible, silicone-based options that can reach a variety of internal spots. These styles, however, go beyond penetrative purposes: Their pliable amenities will make sure that they hit the spot (or more than one). Reminiscent of the classic “Rabbit,” a vibrator shaped like a rabbit that stimulates both the G-spot and the clitoris, these modern styles will provide satisfaction without reminding you of a woodland creature — unless you’re into that. 

For the clitoris 

If vaginal penetration alone doesn’t do it for you, don’t worry: You’re just one of many. The tip of the clitoris alone has more than 8,000 nerve endings, and there are almost as many designs of vibrators to compare. 

Suction-style vibrators take all of this into account with their use of vibrating airflow and circular openings. These options are meant to bring blood flow to the clitoris and mimic the feeling of oral sex — only, as opposed to a real person, these devices won’t get tired and will actually make sure you finish. While it may take some maneuvering to figure out exactly which spot to stick these elusive openings onto, once this toy is in its place, you’ll be coming back for more. 

For the prostate 

Alright, let’s think outside of the box for a second — yes, that box. Not everybody has a vagina, and enjoying a good vibrator shouldn’t be limited to a particular set of genitals.

For those of you with a prostate, this is where your G-spot is located, and it’d be a shame to deprive yourself of the wonders of anal play. Try out some vibrators that target both the prostate and the perineum, which is the area between the anus and the scrotum. Paired with a handle, these styles have their own unique shape, so you can get a complete grip on your satisfaction. After using this toy, you (and your anus) will be thanking me later.

Just remember: There are tons of sex toys out there, and you’re sure to find one for whatever your heart (or perhaps another body part) desires. Everyone deserves a good orgasm, and a vibrator will bring you just one step closer to achieving — or, should I say, finishing — that goal. So put down the electric toothbrush, get a vibrator and relieve that tension: Do it for the vibes.

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