Sex toys are designed to enhance sexual performance and pleasure, as well as to assist people to with their sexual health concerns. Doctors, for the purpose of treating their female patients’ “hysteria”, designed the very first vibrators and dildos in the early 1900s. Interestingly, the vibrator was the fifth electrical appliance to be invented, even above the electric iron. Without sufficient knowledge, sex toys may be seen as sleazy in some way, however there are a multitude of uses which can not only enhance sexual pleasure, but promote sexual health. Sex toys can assist both men and women to achieve a more satisfying sex life while impacting on sexual health and sexual function.

Dildos

Dildos are phallic shaped objects which can be inserted into the mouth, vagina or anus for sexual pleasure. However, dildos (or vaginal dilators) can also be used to treat vaginismus. This is a condition occurring in women where the vaginal muscles contract or spasm upon insertion of a penis or other object, usually causing pain and discomfort. Vaginismus can create many side effects such as painful sex, sexual performance anxiety, sexual avoidance and relationship problems. Dilators are then prescribed for use with a gradual increase in size with the smallest being used initially until comfort levels increase enough to be able to use progressively larger sizes. The slow increase in size enhances relaxation with penetration and eventually can result in comfortable penetration with a penis.

Ben Wa Balls

Ben Wa balls, or orgasm balls, are two small balls connected by string which have weighted balls inside of them. These are then inserted into the vagina to created sexual stimulation or pleasure. These balls promote strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles by mimicking Kegel exercises. Inserting Ben Wa balls into the vagina and leaving them their for a short length of time begins to strengthen the pubococcygeous muscles and encourages blood flow to the vagina. Kegel exercises are prescribed for a number of reasons including increasing sexual pleasure, reducing urinary incontinence and training for childbirth.

Vibrators

Vibrators are usually dildo shaped toys which offer an extra function of high speed vibration. There are many different types and shapes of vibrators ranging from the vibrating bullet (a small device which is usually placed directly against the clitoris for heightened stimulation and orgasm) to the rabbit (a larger device designed to insert into the vagina with external vibrating ears to stimulate the clitoris) and many others. Vibrators can be valuable tool in assisting women with orgasm, particularly those who suffer with anorgasmia (the inability to achieve orgasm). The use of vibrators among women who struggle to obtain orgasm has been successful and resulted in an increase of relationship and sexual satisfaction.

Using one of the above sex toys as a therapeutic aid to sexual concerns or dysfunctions can be a beneficial way to overcome such issues. Knowledge is the key here, as once these toys are perceived distinctly with all their potential benefits, then mainstream society might embrace their vast range of purposes. Removing the “sleaze” label from sex toys could result in increased use and enhanced sexual satisfaction for many people.