Not only do they prevent unplanned pregnancies and STIs, they let us experience new sensations, they help sex last longer, and - if we are being really honest – they make the post-coital clean up oh so simple.
Condoms only want what’s best for us, yet we make them the butt of our jokes, we use them for bizarre internet challenges, and we don’t appreciate them as much as we should.
It’s a modern-day injustice, so I’m here to play devil’s advocate for the humble condom. Brace yourself – I’m about to drop some serious truth bombs.
Sex is wonderful, and there are probably few of us reading this who would disagree.
But, at times, it can be frustrating, embarrassing, and downright awkward. The most common woe I hear from friends is that they aren't getting what they want in the bedroom. Sure, sometimes what they want is a Champagne breakfast in bed, but we can't all have that everyday.
I'm talking about getting what you want between the sheets, and for some, the prospect of talking to a partner about this can be a scary thought. But it doesn't have to be.
The root cause for most people is that they aren't confident in communicating their desires, and for some, they aren't even sure what it is that they want.
Never fear! With these top tips you will soon have all of the tools you need to know what you want in bed - and how to ask for it.
Sex in the bath or shower is a curiosity for many, and a 'would highly recommend it' for others. There's just something about getting down and dirty with a partner while getting clean at the same time.
However, if you've ever lived in shared accommodation then you're aware that access to the bathroom, and a clean one at that, can be limited at best. Don't let your living situation be a limit to your sex life, though!
On the 26th of March, Daylight Savings will begin and the clocks will go forward an hour. This means mentally adding on an hour to the clock in your car until October, because ain’t nobody got time for actually changing it.
For some people, Daylight Savings can mean less time for sex. If you are regularly forced to choose between fighting your family or friends for the bathroom, or missing the bus, having morning sex may seem impossible.
And the same goes for evenings. You already have housework, reports, and coursework coming out of your butt, you certainly don’t have time to be putting anal beads up there, too. Right?
Sex doesn’t have to come to a screaming halt just because we lose an hour on Sunday. The screaming and the orgasms just have to happen faster, so read on if you want to master The Quickie.
Instant attraction can be a wonderful thing. You lock eyes, there's an instant frisson that gets your heart pumping, and you begin to wonder what it would be like to take things further.
With consent and safety precautions in place (these are of the utmost importance, especially when dealing with someone who is essentially a stranger), there is no reason you two can’t enjoy a night of mutual fun.
However, even if they appear to be exactly the kind of person you're looking for, that doesn’t necessarily mean that going home with them is the best idea. I know that with hormones high, especially if it has been a while since your last sexual encounter, there is a temptation to ignore the signs and throw caution to the wind.
Unfortunately, this could end in a disappointing evening in some way. It can be hard to take a step back and evaluate the situation logically, but watching out for these warning signs will hopefully nip any potential for disappointment or disaster in the bud…
A clit clamp is a simple sex toy designed to gently squeeze the clitoris and provide thrilling arousal without vibrations.
They can be worn during masturbation, foreplay and even sex, making them super-versatile. During wear they offer direct stimulation where you need it most, and when removed they leave the clitoris super-sensitive to subsequent touches.
You'll sometimes see clit clamps referred to by different names, such as clitoral clamps, clit jewellery, clit clips, pleasure clips, Cleopatra's clip, genital clamps or any variation of these, but don't worry. They're all the same thing.
Many couples talk about the idea of a threesome and whether they would enjoy it or not, but sitting down and saying, "Shall we do this?" is a different game altogether.
My boyfriend and I ended up having this conversation after our first threesome (which we didn't plan for, but it just sort of…happened).
A few months later we met our girlfriend and since then we've had a lot of fun experimenting with new positions and techniques, as well as the inevitable, "Whose turn is it to make coffee?" in the morning.
So, with this in mind, here's the beginner's guide to everything you need to know about threesomes, from how bring them up with your partner, to what you must do to ensure you have the best time possible, to which positions and techniques work best.