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4 facts about sex toys you don’t know

“Not all will be entitled to a partner; hence, I will use a sex toy.” One university student stated.

There are a lot of misconceptions and stigma attached to the use of sex toys. If a sex toy is found in someone’s bag and there is a call for the user to own up, I believe he or she will only own up if there are valuable items in the bag aside from the object in question. Which sex toy is probable, and are there positive and negative effects of the use of a sex toy that one should always consider before jumping into its use?


Sex toys are objects commonly used by people for sexual pleasure and masturbation. It is not just used by the single; even the married use it to improve their sex lives. By far, the positives of a sex toy outweigh its negatives. According to research, sex toys can treat health disorders like genital arousal disorder, erectile dysfunction, and orgasm disorder. hypoactive sexual disorder, etc.


Fact 1:Not all sex toys are vibrators.

People usually call every sex toy a vibrator, just as they call all toothpaste Pepsodent. But let’s strike the differences according to Planned Parenthood’s research:
Vibrators are objects that vibrate (move continuously/buzz) to stimulate your genitals. Vibrators can also stimulate the penis, scrotum, testicles, nipples, and anus.
Dildos are made of lots of different materials, like silicone, rubber, plastic, metal, or break-resistant glass, and they come in different shapes. Usually, they are slightly curved to stimulate your G-spot or prostate.
Sleeves (aka masturbation sleeves, penis sleeves, or strokers) are soft tubes that you put your penis into. Sleeves come in all shapes and sizes and often have different textures on the inside for more sensation. Some even have vibration or suction.
Penis rings (aka cock rings, erectile dysfunction rings, or constriction rings) go around your scrotum and/or penis. Penis rings slow blood flow out of the penis when it’s erect (hard), which can increase sensation, or make your erection harder and longer-lasting.
Pumps (aka penis pumps) create suction around your penis, clitoris, vulva, or nipples. It drives blood flow to the area, which helps increase sensitivity and sensation.
Ben Wa balls (aka Kegel balls, Kegel trainers, vagina balls, orgasm balls) are round objects you put inside your vagina. They can help you do exercises that tone and strengthen your Kegel muscles (aka pelvic floor muscles).
Packers (aka prosthetics) are objects that look and feel like a realistic penis (usually soft) and create a “bulge” in your underwear or clothes.

Fact 2: Sex toys have negative effects.
Research has not covered much of the negatives, as the positive aspects outweigh the negatives. A user is likely to contract infections if he or she loosely takes care of the object. The sex toy usually penetrates to give the sexual sensation; hence, if there is any cut or sore around the genitals, one is more likely to contract infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Bacterial Vaginosis, Herpes, Shigella, etc. Preventive measures can be taken to reduce these risks. Washing them after use, using a condom on penetrative sex toys, avoiding sharing sex toys, and owning different sex toys are helpful ways of reducing such risks.
It can also cause temporary numbness or desensitization if the object is used too much. Other reports state one can get attached to vibratos if their sex partners do not make them reach orgasm in bed, as well as Braxton Hicks contractions, which usually occur during pregnancy.
You could also be exposed to chemicals used in the sex toy. Porous materials used for sex toys like jelly rubber, silicone blends, vinyl, PVC, TPE, TPR, and rubbery plastics can absorb germs even if you wash them after use.


Fact 3: Sex toys have multiple positive effects.
Research by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, led by one study led by Dr. Alexandra Dubinskaya, uncovered many benefits from the use of a sex toy, which include; improved pelvic floor function, a reduction in vulvar pain; improved symptoms associated with urinary incontinence, increased levels of sexual arousal, increased amounts of natural lubrication, a reduction in time to reach orgasm; and others.


Fact 4: One can experience pain using a vibrator just like sex.
Just as sex with a partner comes with pain, so does the vibrator, and there are ways to alleviate the pain. One can do so by changing the sex toy in use because it might have an improper size. It also needs lubrication. Adjusting the settings can also reduce strong vibrations and powerful suction.


In conclusion, do not lambast someone for using a sex toy due to its positive benefits. Keen attention should be given to proper cleaning, researching the best sex toys, buying ones made of better materials, and not just using them for sexual pleasure but as medical devices.

Richmond Ampofo Fordjour
Richmond Ampofo Fordjour
Richmond Ampofo Fordjour is a Student Journalist at the University of Media, Arts, and Communication, Uni-MAC GIJ. He is a Research enthusiast and an avid reader.
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