If you’re looking for a good reason to buy a new sex toy — or spend more time with an old favorite, look no further than your own health. Sure, you can pull out a vibrator or slide on a cock ring because it feels good, but you might also want to play with your sex toys because they’re good for you. Yep, that’s right, if your doctor is open-minded enough, they might even recommend that you play with your favorite sex toy for medicinal purposes.
How are sex toys good for your health? Here are just a few reasons.
Better, more satisfying sex is good for your mood and emotional well-being. That might be solo sex or sex with a partner, with or without an orgasm. Sex toys like vibrators, dildos, and kinky gear can make sex feel better for both of you and make you want to have more of it. When you do, you’re often in a better mood and more positive about your life. As long as you enjoy your sex toy and what you’re doing (alone or with a partner), get naked and watch how your mood improves.
Fewer Headaches and Stress
A good orgasm or two can often reduce anxiety, get rid of a headache, and lower your stress. If a sex toy can make it faster and easier to get off, that means you feel better faster. Instead of popping ibuprofen or drinking another beer or glass of wine at the end of the day, try a wank with a sex toy. Make it your nightly ritual, a weekend thing, or something you do in the shower to feel better. Orgasms, masturbation, and a sex toy won’t make your crappy job better or fix any mental illness, but they might offer temporary relief for minor headaches and stress.
A healthy vagina is a vagina that can have whatever kind of sex you enjoy most. Sex toys, especially vibrators, help keep your body in top form. With regular use of your favorite vibrator or dildo, you can increase the flexibility of your vaginal tissue, increase natural lubrication, and improve the sexual sensations you feel. This is great for people going through menopause, people who’ve recently given birth, or anyone who may be going through a “dry spell” in both literal and figurative terms.
Improve or Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
If you’ve got a penis, a sex toy can help your sexual health, too. Just like those with vaginas, it’s a use it or lose it kind of situation. The more you stimulate your body, the better it tends to function. Using cock rings and other masturbation toys promotes blood flow to your penis. A sex toy can also stimulate your nerves which potentially reduces your current or future need for enhancement drugs like Viagra. Of course, if you have an underlying medical problem causing your erectile dysfunction, a sex toy can’t cure it, but they may help.
Ease Vulvodynia and Vaginismus
All the work in the world to keep a vagina healthy can’t prevent all medical problems, including painful penetrative sex. Both vulvodynia and vaginismus are very real conditions that impact people’s sexual and reproductive health. Vulvodynia is characterized by chronic vaginal pain, while vaginismus is the involuntary contraction/tension of the vaginal muscles. Both can be helped by the pleasurable stimulation of a vibrator. Your vibrator is also a healthy reminder for people that sex (by any definition) can and should feel good.
For many people, the mind is willing but the body won’t cooperate when it comes to getting off and having the orgasms you want most. A sex toy can help by providing additional stimulation that your hand or partner can’t produce. Certain toys, like prostate massagers and rabbit vibrators can reach spots you might not be able to reach. This offers a new level of stimulation that might be exactly what you need for better and easier orgasms. While getting off doesn’t have to be the goal of all sexual encounters, not climaxing can be a source of stress which a sex toy helps alleviate.
Sex with yourself is the safest kind you can have. That you can have any kind of solo sex you want with a sex toy makes it even more fun. You can share your sex toys with partners but you may need to take extra precautions like sterilizing your toys between use or using a condom over it. When you play alone, though, you don’t have to worry about sexually transmitted infections and diseases or pregnancy.
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Sex toys don’t replace seeing your doctor or taking prescribed medication. If you’re concerned that something is wrong, with your physical or mental health, make an appointment with a medical professional. But if you just want to feel better than you do and maintain your sexual health, a sex toy may be exactly what you need.
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