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If you think sex toys are just for single ladies or bondage-loving Fifty Shades fans, think again: The majority of women are up for bringing sex toys to bed, according to a recent poll of Women's Health readers.
In fact, in the survey, 75 percent of respondents said theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve used one with a partner, and 60 percent say theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve used one with the person theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re seeing now (or were with most recently). Even more women are up for giving one a try: Eighty-four percent said theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re open to the idea of using a sex toy as a couple.
If your sex life is feeling a little routine lately, bringing a toy to bed can help add a little something-something to your sex life, says Ian Kerner, PhD, sex therapist and author of She Comes First (consequently, he says heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been seeing more and more couples experimenting with sex toys lately). Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whenever you introduce novelty into the bedroom, it stimulates dopamine activityÃ¢â‚¬”that plays a big role in sexual arousal and sexual excitement.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sex toys can also come in handy if you have trouble crossing the finish line. Ã¢â‚¬Å“A large majority of women donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t orgasm consistently from intercourse alone,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Kerner, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but when you add a sex toy or manual or oral stimulationÃ¢â‚¬”what I call Ã¢â‚¬Ëœintercourse plusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬” the statistics kind of flip on their heads.Ã¢â‚¬Â
For a standard vibrator that couples can use together, Kerner recommends:
LELO Gigi, $109, LELO.com The flattened tip is specially designed to focus in on the G-spot.
Jimmyjane Form 6, $175, Jimmyjane.com This one is double-sided Ã¢â‚¬”one end is perfect for surface vibrations, while the other is better for penetration.
You can also use a smaller, clitoral vibrator. (A tip: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Incorporating a handheld, palm-sized vibrator into your hand while youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re manually or orally stimulating a man is really going to add to his pleasure,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Kerner.) Two that Kerner suggests:
Jimmyjane Form 2, $145, Jimmyjane.com The two Ã¢â‚¬Å“earsÃ¢â‚¬Â are flexible, squeezable, and each powered by their own motor.
Je Joue MiMi, $89, Amazon.com This one is compact and smooth, so Je Joue suggests using it for an all-over body massage.
You might also consider springing for a toy that was designed specifically for partners to play with together. Some of the top-selling coupleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s toys at Babeland:
We-Vibe 3, $139, Babeland.com Fun fact: The We-Vibe has been BabelandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best-selling vibrator ever since the first version launched five years ago. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s designed for a woman to wear during sex (no hands required) so that both partners can feel the vibes.
Jimmyjane Hello Touch, $65, Babeland.com One person wears the vibrating pods over his or her fingertips to really amp up hand-play.
Je Joue Mio, $99, Babeland.com A vibrating penis ring adds extra pleasure for both parties during sex. (Use it to try for a Ã¢â‚¬Å“WegasmÃ¢â‚¬Â!)