Let’s talk about the birds and the bees. Because taking care of your sexual health is very important. How to protect yourself and pleasure yourself are topics that can feel private. We get it.
But it’s time to start the conversation about maintaining a healthy sex life. Because you should be able to explore your sexuality without shame. So we rounded up products to help you take control. And to help you explore.
The squishy, flatter head of the vibe is designed for the vulva or clitoris. But the arc of the handle is designed to help you discover what feels right during penetration (mind you, the G-spot debate is still pretty heated). Every body is different and this vibe let's you play around with what feels best. Because of the slight curve, it won’t cause you to twist your wrist in uncomfortable positions. Reviewers rave about the different speed and pattern settings, its flexibility, and the softness of the durable silicone. It can be used with a partner, but is also the perfect toy for some alone-time fun. ($115, Dame)
It’s made with aloe leaf juice, vanilla, and lemon. And doesn't use irritating synthetics or fragrances. Aka no more sticky hands or sheets. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and gynecologist-approved. Because the last thing you want is sudden burning and itching when you’re just trying to dive into the act. ($14, Lola)
Sonic waves and cruise control. So it doesn’t drop in intensity as you go. To break it down, it saves 20% of its power when you're holding it lightly against your body, but then uses that stored power when you push harder. So the motor stays just as powerful even under pressure. For deeper sensations that stimulate the entire clitoris, the silicone is engineered to absorb and respond to pulses, sending them back into the body. Because just touching the little external nub is not actually all there is to the clit. Yep, there’s more below the surface that can provide even more pleasure. Surprise, surprise. ($111, Lelo)
Because jumping right into the act is not nearly as much fun as setting the scene. It can also be added to a bath if that’s more your style. But either way, its blend of jojoba, coconut, argan, and castor oil will keep skin feeling smooth and supple. ($35, Maude)
Making sure you’re both having the best sexual experience possible is important. But sometimes actually sharing intimate details about what you like and don’t like is hard. Have no fear. This journal is meant for reflection. It’s got tips on how to communicate in the bedroom, along with intention-setting exercises to help the two of you share more. Open, honest communication is the first step to better sex. So write in it together to get the convo started. ($26, Uncommon Goods)
The little rings can be worn stacked together or individually, depending on what feels comfortable to you. They’re used externally, and are ideal for those that experience endometriosis, are postpartum or post-operation, or just experience some pain from deeper penetration. But don’t worry, it won’t affect sensation and it’s super stretchy. So when your partner puts one of the rings on, there won’t be any uncomfortable squeezing or tightness. ($65, Urban Outfitters)
We’re talking extra strength without a loss of sensation. Because you should always be protected when the time comes. And there’s no reason to solely rely on a partner to bring the right protection. Some fun facts — Glyde the world's first certified non-toxic, ethical, and fair-trade condom maker. They use sustainable ingredients and cruelty-free practices. Since they’ve started, Glyde has also donated millions of condoms worldwide. ($34.99, Glyde)
If you’re feeling particularly sore after sex, you can chill the pad to bring relief to muscles. If you’re got a cyst that feels tender (usually caused from clogged glands), you can warm the pack. The actual pack can slip into underwear, so it’ll be discreet. Plus, they can be washed and reused as many times as you need. ($34, Private Packs)
Access to birth control shouldn’t be so difficult. And Hers makes it easy to get the protection you need from the comfort of your home. No more long lines or pharmacy visits. Hers has licensed medical providers to guide you, a variety of pills based on your needs, and on-time refills. To get started, you’ll have an online consultation with a physician in your state. Past that, you’ll have access to providers to ask questions, especially if you need to change your prescription. And don’t worry, it’s the same type of quality care you’d receive in person. And you can get a prescription without a health insurance plan. (Plans start at $12/month, Hers)
PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.
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Skimm'd by Alexandra Napoli, Jessica Kelly
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