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  1. What is urethral sounding? Originally a medical procedure, you may have heard the term but wonder why anyone would do it for pleasure. Many people are exploring their bodies in new ways, and discovering the arousing sensations associated with urethral play.

    At Lovehoney, we encourage you to explore your body fully and get to know what you like but, as always, there are safety measures to consider. This guide takes you through everything you need to know about urethral probing, and how to make sure you do it safely.

    Above: Still not really sure what urethral sounding is, or why people want to do it? Let Jess Wilde give you the facts in this video guide.

    There's nothing more frustrating than a vibrator that doesn't quite get you there, and when it comes to vibrators, for most people it's a case of 'the more power the better'.

    However, working out how powerful a sex toy is, without trying it for yourself, is near-enough impossible. Don't worry! Lovehoney has valiantly tested the lot to find the top 10 toys with the strongest vibrations and most intense sensations.

    Mains powered sex toys top our chart, because of the large amount of energy they receive from your power supply - there's just no beating them if power is top of your vibrator shopping list. Rechargeable toys come a close second, with their excellent battery life and strong motors, followed up by traditional battery-powered sex toys that still pack an incredible punch.

    Anal douches are incredibly useful tools for fans of anal sex toys and anal sex. They work by cleansing the anus before penetration, ensuring that it’s as clean and hygienic as possible. This not only ensures your play won’t be messy, it alleviates any associated fears, helping you to relax into your pleasure. Many people like to douche in particular before enjoy oral stimulation of the anus, known as rimming or analingus.

    Anal douching flushes water through the anus and it then expelled, leaving it clean. Douches come in different sizes and shapes to suit all levels of experience and are incredibly simple to use, even the first time.

    If the idea of mixing a little pain with your pleasure appeals, make sure you have the right tools to make the most of your fantasy.

    If you want to increase the sensitivity of your partner’s skin, a spanking paddle or flogger will help set their senses alight. If you want to accessorise a dominant persona or make their skin sting, try a riding crop or a traditional cane.

    This guide has some fabulous advice that will have you whipping your partner into a frenzy in no time.

    Above: Discover the proper way to spank for pleasure with Jess Wilde in our how-to video.

    The Fleshlight is a portable, super discreet, sturdy masturbation device. The patented gel insert, made from Real Feel Super Skin, gives amazingly lifelike sensations.

    From Fleshlight Girls and Fleshjack Boys moulded from your favourite porn stars' bits, to non-realistic 'stealth' masturbators, Fleshlights are premium sex toys for people with penises.

    Designed to mimic the sensations of vaginal, anal and oral sex with intense textured canals, Fleshlights supercharge masturbation to unbelievable levels.

    It's tempting to grab your Fleshlight and just go at it, but with a few moments of preparation you can have a much more pleasurable experience.

    Follow our tips for using your Fleshlight and you'll be enjoying knee-trembling pleasure.

    Finger vibrators might look weird, but they're a great starting point for someone who has never used sex toys before. They're also great fun for partner play and allow you to enjoy the full 'hands-on' experience that you don't get with larger vibrators.

    Ranging widely in price, shape and function, finger vibrators should become a staple of your sex life due to their utter versatility.

    Read on to find out how to get the most out of your new finger friend.

    Definitions for basques, corsets and bustiers vary between companies. Anything with lacing down the back or an hourglass shape can be referred to as a corset and this can cause a lot of confusion when you're trying to decide what to buy and how to measure yourself.

    So what is the difference between these garments and how does that change how you wear them?

    Above: Lovehoney's lingerie expert, Sammi Cole, talks you through the difference in fitted lingerie styles in this video.

    Sex toys are safe for bodily use, but they can be quite reactive when put next to alike or opposing materials. It is vital to be careful when storing your sex toys. If you mix your sex toys (particularly silicone, rubber, latex, realistic feel and jelly sex toys) you may soon discover that they start to look melted or slightly misshapen.

    We can't overstate how important it is that you store your sex toys separately if you don't want a nasty surprise the next time you reach for your favourite toy.

    The world has gone silver ball crazy thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey but there are so many random names to describe them (jiggle balls, ben wa balls, kegel balls) that you may be finding it hard to figure them out.

    As well as providing pleasure, regular use of vaginal balls will help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles over time which will make your vagina feel tighter, improve bladder control and best of all, bless you with more intense and longer lasting orgasms. No wonder Ana Steele loves hers so much.

    Sizes, shapes, weights, materials and designs vary wildly and this guide will help you decide which kegel balls are right for you.

    Wondering how to get the most from your G-spot vibrator, or curious about how you can pleasure your, or your partner’s G-spot? Lovehoney is on hand to help you discover the joys of G-spot stimulation and explain how and why this hidden erogenous zone is a favourite for both single women and couples.

    G-spot vibrators are easy to use, once you get the hang of them. They come in a range of different shapes and sizes but all are designed to stimulate the nub of sensitive nerve endings that lie approximately 1-3 inches inside the front wall of the vagina. Usually featuring a slightly curved tip, G-spot vibrators can be used whether you’re on your own or with a partner  so there’s something for everyone.

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