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{{I don't know if this is in the right place, but i guessed, tell me if its in the right place or not, please?}} [Roll Eyes]

I know of a good few, but even the ones i know of, i don't know about.
Vibrators, dildos, cockrings, strap ons, butt plugs..
The list goes on [Eek!]

But I don't know what half those things really do, or even who uses what [Confused]

Dildos and butt plugs i got 100% but I what to know whats out there, how to use it, and if it will hurt me or him.

Can anyone give me a site, how to's, or anything?


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Good Vibrations and Babeland are two very women- and couple-friendly stores, and excellent resources for learning more about sex toys.

-Vibrators are toys which do just that--vibrate. They come in a bunch of different styles and shapes. Most are designed specifically for clitoral, vulval or vaginal stimulation, but others are designed or used for penile, anal or other kinds stimulation. Like with any sex toy, anyone can use them in whatever way works for them (that's consensual, of course).

-**** rings are rings that are placed around the base of the penis and testicles to prolong erections by restricting blood flow. Some people like the sensation or just the decoration. They're often made out of leather or rubber.

-Strap-ons are another name for a dildo used with a harness. Most harnesses are worn around the hips and can be used by men or women to hold a dildo in place for sexual activities (like intercourse).

I may be missing something (so please, anyone correct me), but the only ways I think a sex toy could hurt anyone are:
1.) if it's extremely shoddily made and maybe has something pointy sticking out of it without you noticing
2.) if it's being used in inappropriate/dangerous ways (an electric non-waterproof vibrator in the bathtub)
3.) one isn't following their own sense of what feels good or is being abused

[ 03-04-2009, 07:49 PM: Message edited by: bluejumprope ]

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I'll add to when it could hurt you--

If you don't properly clean your toys, you could end up with a bacterial/other type of nasty infection.

You can get STIs through sharing toys improperly. (proper sharing, I believe, involves putting condoms over them and/or seriously disinfecting them).

Now I think that's it.... basically, use common sense, and if it hurts, don't do it (unless your going for mild pain, but definitely make sure that no *injury* is occurring).

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Also, any toy that is being used anally must have a flared base so it can't get sucked in the rectum and lost.

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Hot dogs and buns?

While that question is not exactly what you're asking, there's a list of basic safety ideas at the bottom that apply to anything you may be considering using for a sexual purpose.

If you're talking about purchasing in person (rather than online), any decent shop that sells these sorts of things is going to have staff who can help you sort out what might be good choices for you. So if you choose someplace reputable (and preferably woman-friendly), you're likely to be able to get help from staffers who can answer your questions in a professional manner and let you actually see and touch samples of the various products to make sure you get something that works for you.

Sarah Liz

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