This year, make the most of your Valentine’s celebrations by extending them an extra couple of days. You won’t have to escape to Paris or book an expensive hotel to have your sexiest weekend ever - you can have just as much fun (if not more) exploring with your partner in your bedroom at home.
If you’re new to the wonderful world of sex toys, broaching the subject of adding something new to bedroom play can be somewhat tricky. Some partners might feel inadequate for your needs, judged by their interests or not really understand the benefits of sex toys yet.
A great way to open the discussion is to ask your lover if you can do anything to make sex better for them, or talk to them about activities you find arousing during masturbation to help them to open up.
We've broken down the four stages of exploring sex toys within your relationship to make it easy for you. Just work out which level you're at now, and follow our guidelines for what and how to try something new.
Most importantly, always respect your partner's wishes and never be offended if there's something they really don't want to try.
Dr. Adam Sheck is a licensed psychologist, couples counselor, relationship coach, and sex therapist and has been in practice for over 25 years, supporting couples and singles in connecting to their passion and purpose.
An MIT graduate and engineer, he pursued a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology later in life. His reputation as the "Passion Doctor" came early in his career when he discovered his gift for supporting long-term, committed couples reignite their romance, intimacy, sexuality, and passion.
He's also coupled his engineering skills with his psychotherapy and counseling skills to create multiple websites and teleseminars to support people with their personal trust issues online.
Dr. Sheck's practice is based in Los Angeles and he currently works with clients all over the world through telephone and Skype. Find out more about his work at thepassiondoctor.com.
When it comes to planning your sexy Valentine's evening, getting the setting right can be the difference between mind-blowing and mundane.
Scented candles? Check. Clean sheets? Done. Sexy playlist? Hang on.
Sure, it's easy enough to throw on your most-played tracks or your favorite 'Bangers 2017' , but you just can't trust that Spotify algorithm - no one needs to hear Call Me Maybe mid-coitus.
(Not that there's anything wrong with that song getting you hot under the collar, of course - different strokes for different folks and all.)
But not all sexy soundtracks are created equal, and everyone's definition of the perfect provocative playlist is different. So that's why we've created not one, not two, but five different sexy Valentine's playlists.
From super-slow seduction tracks, to love-making ballads, to throbbing guitar riffs, we've got a playlist for every taste and occasion - and you can give them all a listen here.
Are there any tunes that we missed? Which is your favorite playlist? Let us know in the comments below!
Michelle Hope is not your average sexologist – she is an award-winning, passionate edu-tainer and combines her love of pop culture, entertainment, and sexuality into events and media content that educate and motivate.
A speaker with over 15 years of experience, Michelle has delivered lectures nationwide, working to help contemporary millennials make healthy decisions for their sex lives in pursuit of successful, holistic living.
She has trained and facilitated national programs for Harlem Children's Zone, Community Health Network, LAPD, Pacific Oaks College, and many others. Her sexual education seminars, lectures, and workshops educate on safe sexual practices and prevention, including therapeutic alliances dealing with trauma, reproductive justice, youth rights, LBGTQ inclusivity, parenting skills, and creating safe spaces and healthy relationships.