When used correctly, condoms can protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections - but it's essential that you know how to apply and remove them properly.
Condoms offer essential protection in casual relationships, for both partners. Read our guide How to Choose a Condom to learn the difference between different types of condoms.
Once you've chosen the right condoms for you and your partner, it's time to learn how to use them effectively. This guide explains everything you need to know about putting on, using and removing a condom.
According to condom pioneers Durex, the message is simple: condoms are the only form of protection that can help stop the transmission of STIs and prevent pregnancy. And we happen to agree with them.
In this day and age, with so many different colours, textures and varieties of condoms available there is no excuse for not protecting yourself and your lover from infection and unplanned pregnancy.
This guide will explain exactly why condoms are so important, how to use them and how to choose the right style of condom to suit your needs.
Cock rings, or penis rings, are some of the simplest sex aids around.
So, what do cock rings do? Well, they prevent blood from flowing back down the penis, which in turn can help to make erections feel harder and last longer than usual, potentially making your enjoyment last longer and an orgasm more likely.
Some people choose a cock ring that is worn on the shaft, while others like the feeling of a cock ring that goes around both the penis and the testicles. This guide will show you how to put on both kinds of cock ring.
Want to know how to put on a stretchy, vibrating cock ring? Check out our How to Use a Vibrating Cock Ring guide.
Silicone lube is a water-resistant lube that's safe to use with condoms and ideal for long-lasting lubrication during sex. Lots of people love silicone lube as it doesn't end up feeling sticky like a water-based lube does. Silicone lube is even waterproof, so it's fantastic for fulfilling bathroom sex fantasies.
Silicone sex lube is generally more expensive than water-based lube (because it contains more expensive ingredients) but you get a lot for your money. The long-lasting properties mean you won’t need to keep topping up your lubrication and you’ll need less of it too.
One important thing to note is that you can’t use silicone lube with your silicone sex toys, but it’s perfect for your glass or plastic toys and ideal for sex.
Cock rings are one of the simplest sex aids around. Cock rings work by preventing blood from flowing back down the penis, which in turn helps to make erections feel harder and last longer than normal, making your enjoyment last longer and orgasm more likely. Gentle and safe, cock rings are a great alternative to libido enhancing pills and delay sprays.
Cock rings are also available with clitoral stimulators attached in the shape of little spikes or nobbles, but more excitingly you can buy vibrating cock rings. Providing special sensations to both partners, these mini male sex toys should be an essential in every bedside drawer.
Whether you’re having anal sex, indulging in butt play or using anal toys, you should never be without a bottle of anal lube.
Because the anus and rectum aren’t self lubricating, you'll need plenty of long-lasting lubrication to make your experience as pleasurable as possible.
Anal lubricant has a much thicker consistency than regular water-based lube, which helps to protect the sensitive skin of the anus.
Plus, anal play is enhanced with a good slick of lube - by making sure that there's no harsh friction, you'll enjoy your anal adventures much more.
Choosing the right lube depends on what you're doing and which toys you're using. Here's our guide to the best anal lubes.
People who use lubricant have better sex. It eases penetration and makes playing, with or without sex toys, so much more enjoyable. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to make every sexual experience you have smoother and more pleasurable.
Even if you feel that your body is doing a great job without any assistance, you might be missing out on loads of extra pleasure without knowing it - over 70% of women find sexual experiences more satisfying with lube.
Whether you just want a water-based lube or if you're feeling more experimental and keen to try other types such as flavored lube or silicone lube, this guide will help you to find the perfect sexual enhancement for any occasion.
Cock rings are simple devices that help to maintain a harder and longer-lasting erection by restricting the blood flowing back down your penis, which in turn makes your enjoyment last longer and orgasm more likely.
Some people choose a cock ring that is worn on the shaft, while others like the feeling of a cock ring that goes around the penis and the testicles. This guide will tell you how to measure yourself for both kinds.
These cock rings are Lovehoney customer favorites:
It's safe to say that masturbation has gone hand-in-hand with Homo sapiens since the dawn of time. But after 200,000 years of palm-on-penis, maybe it's time for a rethink.
Japanese sex toy company TENGA - established in Japan in 2006 by one Mr Matsumoto, a former mechanic - has certainly put a lot of effort into pioneering new ways of giving oneself a hand.
Here's our guide to the revolution in masturbation, 200 millennia in the making.
If you’ve never enjoyed the thrill of prostate play, then you’re missing out!
Located a few inches inside the anus on the wall closest to the stomach, this internal erogenous zone, sometimes called the P-spot, is an incredible epicentre of pleasure. Massaging it can lead to explosive full-body orgasms, hands-free 'super-Os' and even multiple climaxes.
Discovering your prostate gland isn’t that difficult, but pleasuring it properly takes a bit of time and skill. Luckily for you, there are plenty of tricks and toys on hand to help.