Many of our first-time anal sex experiences are accidental or ill prepared for at best, giving a poor first-time impression of all things anally sexual. Many couples don’t tend to talk about anal play and as individuals, we’re often quick to write it off, especially if we’ve had a bad experience in the past.
These self-imposed taboos mean that scores of us are missing out on the joy of anal sex and the pleasure that both men and women experience through anal penetration.
This first-time anal sex guide will talk you through anal experimentation and anal penetration, helping you to progressively experiment both alone, with a partner or with anal sex toys to achieve a satisfying anal sex life.
So you're looking for a vibrator but not sure where to start in our vibrators category? With a vast array of shapes, sizes, designs and functions, our vibrators section can be confusing for those looking to buy their first vibe.
This guide will teach you how to tell a bullet from a butterfly vibe and help you choose the vibrators that will best enhance masturbation and sex with your partner.
Chastity is usually associated with abstinence, but it isn't just about refraining from sex.
A lot of couples experiment with chastity to enhance their sex life and for most people, the first steps into chastity will revolve around sexual experimentation as opposed to a serious lifestyle choice.
This guide is designed to help you chastity-curious people decide if chastity is right for you and help you in choosing a chastity belt or device that will make your chastity-related fantasies come true.
When you’re indulging in a spot of anal sex or masturbation with anal play, anal lube should never be left out of your fun and games.
Anal lubricant differs from regular lube as the consistency is much thicker which helps to protect the sensitive skin of the anus. It's not just a safety issue for the health of your sensitive anal tract, it's also a pleasure thing.
Almost all sex is enhanced with a good slick of lube and by making sure that there will definitely be no harsh friction, you'll enjoy your anal sex experience much more.
When choosing a sex toy, the material is just as important as the power, price and function.
What feels good for one person won’t feel so hot for another, some people have allergies (such as a latex) and others are eager to avoid phthalates. Whatever your reasons for being interested in a certain sex toy material, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to find the right toy for you.
Simple, sexy and fun, the blindfold is a must-have for those looking to dabble with bedroom bondage.
Blindfolds are a tool to enhance sensation. Without sight we rely on our other senses much more, so smells, sounds, tastes and physical contact are all enhanced.
Blindfolds also build anticipation as we try to interpret what our partner is going to do next. Variation and anticipation will leave your partner totally aroused - and you'll feel like an incredible lover!
A blindfold holds so much pleasure potential - from sensuality to sex-play around power and control.
One of the questions we get asked most at Lovehoney is what exactly do you do once your partner's blindfolded? Check out these sex tips for using a blindfold to help make your play run a little more smoothly.
Above: Why are blindfolds so popular? Jess Wilde gives you 5 sterling reasons why in this video!
Whether you've just met someone new or have been married for years, sex games are a fantastic way to add a new level of fun and excitement to your relationship.
Set some time aside to play one of these specially designed games together and you'll find yourself connecting in a completely new way. You'll rediscover one another, experience new things and create some explosive sexy nights to remember.
Whether you're looking for games to spice up foreplay, strengthen your relationship or broaden your experience this guide picks out the most popular games we sell and will help you choose the right one to ignite that sexy spark.
Above: Lovehoney Oh! is filled with great sexy games to spice up your foreplay. Take a closer look with Sammi Cole in this video guide.
Unlike other insertable sex toys, a butt plug is an anal sex toy that's designed to be inserted and left in place.
Generally speaking, butt plugs are conical-shaped, starting small and gently graduating in size. They usually feature a slimmer 'neck' at the bottom and a flared base for safety.
So why do people use butt plugs, we hear you cry?
A butt plug gently stretches the anus, creating a sensation of fullness and pressure, and stimulating the sensitive internal and external nerve endings.
When the pelvic muscles contract during an orgasm, a butt plug can intensify the sensation, as you're squeezing against something. Using one as part of your sexual repertoire can lead to intense anal fulfilment and amazing orgasms.
It's a fabulous way to explore anal play for the first time, either through solo masturbation or with a partner.
If you've ever wondered what a certain sex toy does and why people enjoy it then look no further, as Lovehoney's A-Z of sex toys explains it all.
This is more than just a beginner's guide to sex toys. If you're at all curious about sex toys and want to expand your horizons you'll find this eye-opening list informative, with suggestions for further reading and toys to try out.
Video: Play along with Jess and Annabelle as they put their sexpert skills to the test in the A-Z of sex toys!