1. How To Have Sex With A Condom

    Condoms are truly unsung heroes.

    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.

    How To Ask for What You Want in the Bedroom

    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.

    5 Signs You Shouldnt Go Home With Them

    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…

    why-you-should-be-masturbating

    If someone asked you why you masturbate it might seem like an odd question – surely it’s obvious? It feels great, relieves sexual frustration, and some of us even do it just to kill time!

    But what if we told you that dabbling in a little ménage à moi may well benefit more areas of your life than you might realise?

    With positive impacts on your health, mood, sex life and more, masturbation has been proven time and again to be one of our healthier habits as a species.

    To find out why a fap a day can keep the doctor away, keep reading.

    Sprinkle on the spice

    One of the main questions we get around here, especially leading up to Valentine's Day is:

    How can I turn my partner on to the idea of using sex toys to spice up our relationship?

    Don't fret, we have lots of ways to make it super easy for you. In the video below, Tilly shares some creative ideas to help start the convo.

    Plus we've included a link to our handy guide for some more in-depth ideas.

    And finally I offer 5 gateway product and more than 10 gift ideas that will ease the transition. Just click through below.

    Get ready to sprinkle a little spice on your relationship. A little flavor can go a long way with these toys.

    Above: Lovehoney's sex toy expert, Tilly, has some creative ideas to help you inspire the conversation.

    Read more in our guide and check out my suggestions listed below. How to Introduce Sex Toys to Your Relationship

    Lovehoney Student Sex Advice

    We’ve all had those moments where we aren’t physically with someone, but we can’t help but think of all the sexy things we’d love to be doing with them right then.

    Whether it’s a partner of years or just someone really hot who you’re casually talking to, the urge to get them as turned on as you are is an exciting thought.

    Sexting is an awesome tool for setting the mood and making your intentions known. However, not all of us are pros at this particular activity, and expressing yourself sexually via the written word can often come less naturally than expression in physical form.

    It has been a learning curve from when I first started engaging in sexting a few years ago, but as someone who feels they have come a long way and become more comfortable over time, here are my top ten do’s and don’ts to make sexting an exciting, enjoyable and non-intimidating experience every time.

    Waiting for Sex Does the Three Date Rule Still Apply

    We all know there are supposedly those unspoken 'rules' regarding sex and dating, and while some of us subscribe to them, others regard them as a complete fallacy.

    Even for those that have no interest in restricting themselves and their love lives to those imaginary rules, the topic of "when should I?" pertaining to sex can often make one pause for thought.

    But in a world much changed from what it was a mere few decades ago, we have to wonder if these beliefs are still relevant.

    Casual and non-traditional relationships are much more widely accepted, and being open about individual sexual needs without necessarily needing a relationship has become as easy as clicking a button on your phone.

    So, is it still 'best practice' to wait 3 dates before sleeping with someone you want a relationship with?

    The best way I can express my views on the matter is to take you through some of my past experiences and their varying results…

    Lovehoney Student Sex Advice

    Regardless of what anyone tells you, taking nude photos is an art form.

    Though many of us may just believe it's a matter of 'point-and-snap', there's actually a lot more to it if you want your photo to do your body justice.

    Just as with any good photo, you have to think about framing, lighting, position, and many other things if you really want to get that jaw-dropping effect.

    While most of us are aware that a lot of work goes into a fantastic sensual photo, it should nonetheless look like it's effortless.

    So here are a few tips to help ensure your pictures are of top quality, every single time.

    Lovehoney Student Sex Advice

    When we talk about sex, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is 'penis-in-vagina' or some variation of this.

    Yet, while that's not incorrect, there are so many other ways to give and receive pleasure than through penetration or being penetrated, which are just as legitimate (and pleasurable) as any other type of sex.

    In my years at uni, I've had many a chat about sex on everything from Freshers' Week hook-ups, to the theory of sex and why we as a society are obsessed with it (in other words what happens when Sociology students drink with Psychology students).

    Penetrative sex always seems to come up in these conversations, and while I enjoy it myself, I know plenty of folks who often opt to have different types of sex instead.

    So here are my top picks for non-penetrative types of sex – or, "Outercourse". Some of these suggestions could end up being a new favourite and a bedroom staple, or you might never try them again - but hey, at least you gave it a go!

    Lovehoney Student Sex Advice

    We all start out as virgins, which is honestly kind of great.

    The first times experiencing each potential avenue of sexual pleasure might be clumsy, intimidating and far from how we imagine them going, but they can still be some of the best and most memorable sexual encounters we have.

    College life and the culture surrounding it makes for an atmosphere of sex like no other - it's everywhere, and often on many minds.

    For some students, though, penetrative sex just isn't what they're after from the college experience, and many make it through the full three years (or more) without once dipping a toe in the pool of student sex.

    Whether it's for religious reasons, asexuality, just wanting to wait until you're absolutely certain you've found the right person or anything else - here are our top things you must know for life as a student virgin!

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