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Sexy Date Night Ideas: Sex Toy Kits Provide a 'Date in a Box' for Couples

Sexy Date Night Ideas: Sex Toy Kits Provide a 'Date in a Box' for Couples

Sex toy kits provide a theme and direction for your next date night—but more than that, they provide limitless possibilities. They all contain a few kinds of toys, letting you explore each other in ways that you might not have imagined before… or, more likely, in ways that you have imagined, when you dreamed up a steamy pulp-romance-cover sort of date night.

Really, these sex toy kits are a date in a box, providing the perfect material for a sexy end to your night. 

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Sex and Intimacy After Amputation: Building Trust as a Couple in the Bedroom

Sex and Intimacy After Amputation: Building Trust as a Couple in the Bedroom

Like any disability or lasting change to our body, amputation and limb loss can lead to honest doubts and uncertaintiesThose concerns range from the small to the significant, and extend to every corner of life. It’s natural to wonder about the effect on sex and intimate partnerships. While limb loss and amputation may require adaptations and modifications to your intimacy, it should not diminish the quality, vibrancy, and satisfaction of your sex life.

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Best Sex Positions (and Toys) for Back Pain or Injury

Best Sex Positions (and Toys) for Back Pain or Injury

Back injuries and pain shouldn’t preclude you and your partner from an expansive, fulfilling sex life. Open communication, careful positioning, and the right toy will make sex after a back injury more possible, and open the door to even greater experimentation down the road.   
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Do I Need Lube? Why Personal Lubricant Belongs on Every Nightstand

Do I Need Lube? Why Personal Lubricant Belongs on Every Nightstand

There is a list of things about sex that people should never need to apologize about. You should never apologize for not living up to some airbrushed body standard. You should never apologize for the wonderfully weird things our bodies do. You should never apologize for size. And you should never, ever apologize for needing or wanting to use lube.
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Tips, Toys, & Advice: How to Have Fulfilling Sex in a Wheelchair

Tips, Toys, & Advice: How to Have Fulfilling Sex in a Wheelchair

While able-bodied people often wonder if a wheelchair diminishes sex, those of us in a wheelchair know differently. Sex in your wheelchair can be everything and anything you might desire from sex: passionate, intimate, rough, silly, kinky, spontaneous… the list is as varied as your desires.
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6 Things That'll Take Shower Sex from Awkward to Super-Sexy

6 Things That'll Take Shower Sex from Awkward to Super-Sexy

Taking sex off the bed and into new and fun places is an easy way to turn up the heat between you and your partner. You could try the floor, the car, the kitchen table, but one very popular place for sex is in the shower, and for good reason: you're already naked and touching your body, so why not add a partner to the mix? Plus there's hot steam, slippery soap suds melting along your body .... mmmm .... well, you get the idea.
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Sharing is Caring: Vibrators for Couples

Sharing is Caring: Vibrators for Couples

If your partner is new to or unsure about using a vibrator, start by using it on him/her outside of clothing or underwear. Play round, enjoy the journey. Move it around the body — thighs, stomach, arms, face before working your way slowly - teasingly -  towards their genitals.

If you’re also a little new to this too then ask for the same treatment in return.

Starting with simple moves like this helps both of you build confidence in your ability to please your partner — and it gets you comfortable with the idea of bringing this exciting toy into your love life.

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Vibrators: All the Pleasure You Can Handle

Vibrators: All the Pleasure You Can Handle

 

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A Sexy Cure for the Post-Election Blues

A Sexy Cure for the Post-Election Blues

No one can deny that this year’s election cycle was a tough one. Winners, losers and everyone in between seem to all be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum, it’s probably safe to assume you’ve been riding the election rollercoaster. Whether you are pumped for the new president-elect or planning your big move to Canada, there are a whole host of ways that the mood swings associated with this race can affect you physically.

One of the most common ways that change manifests in our bodies is through higher stress levels. Fortunately for you, one of the best ways to lower this excess stress is found in our favorite hobby: sex!

Research shows that engaging in sexual contact during times of high stress can reduce anxiety and alter your brain for the better. If you were looking for an excuse to spend more time between the sheets, here it is! It’s time to heal those post-election blues with a little TLC.

Sex Changes Your Brain

According to a 2010 medical study on depression, increased stress levels result in higher levels of cortisol produced by the body. Increased cortisol can lead to long-term anxiety that negatively affects the chemistry of the brain.

In the study, scientists looked at sexually active and stressed out male rats to discover the benefits of rewarding the brain with sexual release. These scientists monitored the levels of stress-related chemicals present in the brains of the rats and the ways that exposing them to sexually active female rats altered their long-term happiness.

Good news! The results clearly demonstrated that consistent exposure to sexual gratification calmed the nerves of their frenzied furry friends.

Not only did sex make for more relaxed rats, over time their brains began to heal from the traumas brought on by high-stress levels. According to the study, the brains of the rats began to regenerate cell growth in the hippocampus — the area of the brain considered to be the center of emotions and memories and the powerhouse of the nervous system. While stress may work to deteriorate high-functioning areas of the brain, sex can reverse these effects, leaving you with a stronger mind and a better ability to ward off anxiety. If the next four years have you feeling in a funk, get a head start now by rebuilding your brain in the bedroom.

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Cold Outside? Heat Things Up in the Shower

Cold Outside? Heat Things Up in the Shower

Who hasn’t fantasized about a steamy romp in the shower with your lover? Hot water flowing over your clean bodies, slippery body parts rubbing up against each other, deep kissing and passionate caressing... anything goes.

Unfortunately, the reality of sex in the shower can sometimes be more comical than sexy. Feet slipping, hands searching for something to keep you steady, awkward positions… all of these things can get in the way of living out your steamy shower fantasies

Sportsheets to the rescue!

We’ve taken care of everything with our Sex in the Shower line, including handles, footrests, restraints, and toys — all made to help you make the most of your sexy shower time.

“For most of us, having a little leverage in the shower helps us to be more confident and comfortable — and it keeps the fun going longer,” says sex educator Tristan Taormino.

To ensure there’s no unwanted slipping, Taormino suggests adding a non-skid bottom to your tub or shower. This can be a non-slip bath mat or textured stickers purchased from your home store. Next up: Consider adding the Sportsheets Dual Locking Suction Handle and Single Locking Suction Foot Rest. Both are designed to steady you during your shower interlude as well as open up new angles to explore. They’re also super discreet so you don’t have to hide them away after the fun.

“Once you get in there, make sure you’ve got some silicone lube on hand,” Taormino says. “Unlike water-based lube, silicone lube stays put even when wet so you can make penetration more comfortable and last longer. But remember: just use a tiny bit at a time; a spill on the floor of your shower can be difficult to clean up and makes the tub even slicker.”

Taormino suggests experimenting with different positions to find which ones work best for you and your partner. During intercourse, she says going slower can help you keep your balance and lead to more intense sensations. “Going slower can tease you and your partner differently than a more vigorous session, but it has the benefit of giving you time to savor each other’s bodies in ways that faster sex may not,” she says.

Once you’ve got your moves down, try adding some toys like the Waterproof Mini Massager the Vibrating Mesh Massage or the Blue Silicone Anal Shower Beads. These will add some zing to your play, and all are water-safe.

If you like restraint play, the Sportsheets Suction Hand Cuffs are the perfect shower accessory. Imagine the sensations you’ll feel cuffed to the shower wall, water streaming down your body and your lover’s kisses and caresses awakening every sense. You may never want to get out!

The best part of shower sex? You come out cleaner then you were when you got in! Have fun and let us know how it goes.

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