A Beginners Guide To Male Sex Toys

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If all you know about male sex toys is the plastic blow-up dolls tailing around after riotous bachelor parties, it’s no surprise you wouldn't be that interested in them. But male sex toys have come a long way since the days of plastic dolls (though, they’re certainly around in abundance if that is your thing) and there are now some incredibly innovative and exciting toys on the market.

With different designs for pleasure during solo play, foreplay and sex, there are tons of exciting toys to choose from. Many can be used in a variety of scenarios so it all depends on the type of pleasure you’re looking for. Here’s a look into some of the most popular.

Male masturbators

As the name might suggest, male masturbators are used to enhance masturbation. They’re often handheld toys that take hand action to the next level and deliver sensations our familiar palms just aren’t capable of. Male masturbators are textured sleeves, often with ridges, nubs and nodules, created to provide some incredible, otherwise unachieveable sensations and pleasure.

Sometimes these sleeves are stretchy clear material and would pass as an innocuous water snake toy. Other toys can be more realistic and anatomically accurate. Fleshlight set the standard for authentic, real-feel masturbation sleeves moulded on real vaginas or anuses, housed in discreet flashlight-looking cases. Inside these sleeves are intensely textured canals designed to offer more pleasure than humanly possible.

Now, plenty of brands have created male masturbators of all styles, sizes and orifices so you can find something to suit your needs. Anatomically accurate masturbators and larger designs that encompass more features of the body, like the THRUST Pro Xtra Riley Wavy Vagina & Ass, can also make an excellent addition to couple’s foreplay - especially if you find the prospect of another person daunting.

Prostate massagers

The prostate gland is a hidden pleasure powerhouse located two inches inside the male anus. Stimulating this little derriere gem can provoke explosive full body orgasms - it can even cause climaxes without any other kind of stimulation. Whether you’re looking to stimulate the prostate gland or simply enjoy some intense anal exploration, there are plenty of toys for the inexperienced and already-addicted alike. Anal beads, for example, are a string of beads on a flexible cord that graduate in size so you can start small before moving up to bigger and better things.

Plugs are another kind of anal toy that are great for guys looking to explore anal play. These probes are tapered in shape, getting thicker at the bottom, with a flared base for safe usage. Toys specifically designed for the prostate will be similar but have a pronounced curve to them to directly target that P-spot. These toys are great because they can be used in solo play or with a partner and during sex.

Cock rings

In the words of Beyonce, if you like it then you ‘should have put a ring on it’ and never a truer word was spoken when talking about cock rings. Stay harder for longer and give yourself and/or your partner your maximum performance. Cock rings provide gentle constriction and keep the blood flow within your penis to keep it harder for longer, which is great for everyone. Cock rings vary in style from a basic stretchy ring, to ones that vibrate and buzz and rumble providing exciting new stimulation for your partner too!

These are just a few of the many, many options out there for men who are looking to explore sex toys. So why now have a look on Lovehoney to see which toy might take your pleasure to the next level.


Anna Lee is a blogger and sex toy expert who writes for Lovehoney Australia. You can see a list of their best-selling products here.

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