The low down on sex toys - having fun during sex and masturbation

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Sex toys can bring extra fun to masturbating and sex. They’re not just for using alone – they’re also a lot of fun to use with someone else too. 

Sex toys – the basics

  • Sex toys come in all different shapes, colours and sizes
  • Different toys can be used for stimulating different body parts such as dildos/vibrators for vaginal and anal play, and sleeves/strokers for the penis
  • Toys can be made of silicone, rubber, steel and even glass – silicone is the safest material as it is non-toxic, unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, and is soft and flexible

How to use sex toys to keep you safe and happy

If sharing, always wash the toy or put a new condom on it before another person uses it

  • A quality silicone toy is the safest to start with.  Avoid jelly materials as these can break down over time
  • Always use lube with your toys and only ever use water-based lubricant. There is no such thing as too much lube
  • When it comes to size, start small and go slowly, especially with anal toys
  • Most toys come in vibrating versions for extra buzz
  • If sharing, always wash the toy or put a new condom on it before another person uses it to prevent the transmission of STIs
  • Wash your toy with warm soapy water before and after use (remove batteries first)
  • Talk to your partner about what turns you on, or if something doesn’t feel right

If you want to know more you can ring 1800 451 624 between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk with a sexual health nurse. It’s confidential and free if you call from a landline.