This article is sponsored by Durex.
People who experience regular sexual pleasure are more likely to be physically and mentally healthier than those who don’t, experts claim.
There are many great benefits to getting frisky between the sheets, whether it’s with a special someone or on your own.
Advantages include the increased release of stress-reducing endorphins and the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin.
While experts reckon intercourse and masturbation lead to improved fitness and happier, more intimate relationships.
Dr Sunny Rodgers, a renowned adult toy expert, explained that there are many benefits to sexual activity – and the use of toys – that people don’t know about.
“Couples’ healthy connection and attraction to each other is much stronger when they use sex toys to play together,” she said.
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Dr Rodgers added that couples who’ve taken her advice and introduced toys into their sex lives have appeared ‘happier and younger’ after just a month of use.
Experts are particularly keen to eradicate the stigma associated with solo pleasure and using sex toys alone or with others.
A recent Durex survey of 2,000 people revealed that most participants do masturbate – and feel better for it – almost a third said it makes them feel either guilty or embarrassed.
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While one in three said they don’t masturbate at all.
Speaking about those who are too embarrassed to engage in a bit of ‘me-time’, clinical sexologist, G Stone, said: “Historically, sex is viewed as taboo and heavily stigmatised in many cultures.
“As such, many people have an unhealthy relationship with sex and pleasure.
“Masturbation can trigger feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment, but it’s a great way to improve bodily autonomy, prioritise and better understand what pleasure means to you, start to change your mindset about self-pleasure and masturbation, cultivate personal intimacy and explore your likes and identify dislikes.”
She added: “Masturbation, with and without sex toys is a form of sex. During sex, your body releases oxytocin and endorphins.”
Oxytocin is a hormone known to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure and cortisol levels.
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Endorphins aid pain relief, reduce stress and improve a person’s overall sense of well-being.
Interestingly, Durex’s findings revealed that most of their survey participants do not own a sex toy… yet.
One in four said they don’t feel like they need one, while more than a quarter said they’d never even considered getting one.
Dr Rodgers recommends Durex’s sex toy line as the perfect starting point for those looking to add a little ‘spice’ to their bedroom antics.
She suggested a number of toys that stimulate sensation and help people learn more about what their body enjoys.
Dr Rodgers focussed heavily on the benefits of vibration, which she said can help people explore ‘lesser-known erogenous areas, such as the neck, the inside crook of your elbow, or the inner thighs’.
She added: “Vibration is splendid for discovering new types of pleasure.”
“Let’s talk about Rabbit Vibrators,” she continued. “Arguably the most popular style of sex toy in the world.
“Rabbits, such as Durex’s Dual Head Rabbit Vibrator, can provide both internal and external stimulation simultaneously.
“For the people, I’ve recommended Rabbit sex toys to, the unique sensations that Rabbits provide are a revelation!
“For many, a Rabbit Vibrator is the first sex toy to provide an orgasm.
“And with Durex’s Dual Head Rabbit Vibrator, there is a specific ‘Climax Mode’ to help beginners find the pattern that may work best for them.
“But don’t worry – there are eight vibrating patterns in total so there truly is something for everyone!”
Dr Rodgers also recommended Durex’s Slim Silicone Vibrator, particularly for beginners: “This is a great sex toy to try if you’re a beginner.
“The motor is in the tip, so you can use it to stimulate external areas directly.
“And it can be easy to insert with its slim, tapered tip.
“Remember to go slow and explore at your own speed.”
Another product specifically designed for beginners is the Durex Soft Vibrator, a ribbed, three-ball-shaped toy for everyone.
It too has eight different vibration patterns and is therefore easy to build up as the user wishes, also featuring the previously mentioned ‘Climax Mode’.
The waterproof Soft Vibrator is latex free and has been made to create a smooth sensation, with the material springing back into shape after use.