For many of us, D.I.Y. is a term more often associated with tedious weekend trips to B&Q than something a lot more pleasurable.
However, 'doing it yourself' shouldn't just be reserved for trying to whip up a shelf with the ease of Nick Knowles on DIY SOS.
During the middle of any stressful period, I can't be the only who could do with a bit of help trying to relax after those long days, and unfortunately, giving up some of our precious time to have some fun with somebody else just isn't a priority.
However, that doesn't mean that we can't find some of that sexual happiness by ourselves.
If, like me, you'd benefit from a low-maintenance helping hand to put a smile on your face, have a look at four fabulous toys that are fit for the job.
Whether you’re a bean-flicker or a bishop-basher, we can pretty much all agree that masturbation is great.
But have you ever wondered how solo play slots into the history of humankind?
From kinky cave paintings to steam-powered sybians, the history of self-love is deep, intricate, and inherently fascinating.
For example, did you know that cornflakes were invented to lower your desire to yank the crank? Or that the first dildo is almost 30,000 years old, and made of polished siltstone?
So hop on your hand-cranked time machine and come with us (pun intended) on a trip along a torrid timeline of touching yourself.
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.
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!
Previously our bloggers have covered The Best Responses To Noisy Housemate Sex, and Top Tips for Masturbation in Shared Accommodation; given the echo of the bathroom and the splashing that can come with it, it seems that discreet sex in the bathroom is an impossibility.
But where there is a will(y), there is a way, and by the end of this, you'll know just how to have mind-blowing sex in the bathroom.
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…
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.
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.
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