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Introducing sex toys to your masturbation pratice

Article by Audrey Labelle
Art by Louis Paquet

Masturbation. Like it or not? Where does one start exploring self pleasure and go about choosing the right toy to begin experimenting?


Let's start with the basics: masturbation is a practice, usually performed solo, that involves the stimulation of the genitalia to experience pleasure and potentially, orgasm. While you don't have to like touching yourself, exploring to find out whether you like it or not is a great start when it comes to self-discovery. 

Masturbation has a variety of benefits for your body and well-being. You can practice it to soothe yourself, relax, connect with your body, and discover yourself. Furthermore, knowing your body helps you understand what gives you the most pleasure. This in turn better equips you to share that information with your partners. Sexual pleasure is a personal responsibility hence why we should never put pressure on our partners to give us orgasms. It should be a team effort, after all.


You know best what is exciting and fun for yourself.


You might feel unsure of where to begin or how to do it if you've never masturbated before. But don’t worry, we've got some tips for you! Start by touching yourself, whether with your fingers/hands or a toy, and try to relax so you can fully enjoy the experience. Erotic imagination can also play a big role in arousal. Listen to erotic podcasts, read erotic literature, or make up scenarios to stimulate arousing thoughts. Should you want to add toys to the mix, we have what you need to start your masturbation exploration successfully, whether you’re equipped with a vagina or a penis.

If you have a vagina, a good place to start is by stimulating your clitoris. If you prefer internal stimulation, fret not, we also have recommendations for you. Pulsed air toys like Dame’s Aer are great for clitoral stimulation. Aer offers 5 pulsation modes and a wide opening to adapt to many different bodies. It produces a sensation of slight tapping and acupressure on the clitoris. As for vibrating toys, all Iroha products are great for beginners: Kushi can be used for external clitoral stimulation while Zen provides both internal and external stimulation, for example. What’s great about this collection is that it provides several vibration modes and patterns, which means that you’re very likely to find a setting that works for you. Hey, you might even discover sensations you’ve never experienced before (wouldn’t that be great?). 
Now, if you have a penis, you can bring your masturbation game to a whole new level as well. Among our many penis sleeves is Flex which creates a sensation of suction and twisting to your penis. Other types of masturbators like Geo Aqua or Crysta Ball also provide personalized sensations according to the texture you prefer to feel. Reusable and washable, these toys pave the way to a world of experimentation and stimulation. Your penis will thank us (you’re welcome, friend!). 
For those who wish to explore anal masturbation, we suggest starting with a beginner's set like the Confetti Anal Trainer Set, for example. Besides being super cute, this set is perfect for beginners with its different-sized anal plugs. If you’re looking more intensity, our b-Vibe Anal Training and Education Set includes a small silicone plug, a vibrating plug, a large weighted plug to train your sphincter, with all sorts of accessories to get ready, as well as a complete guide to anal pleasure. Anal masturbation can be intimidating to some, but these essentials can really open up a new dimension of self pleasure.
To make these experiences enjoyable, remember to always use water-based lube on silicone toys. Especially for anal masturbation as it’s essential to limit the risk of micro-lesions. Water-based lubes have stickier properties, which makes them similar to natural lubrication. You could try Sliquid Natural Organics or Alu; these water-based lubes are perfect to use with your silicone toys.
We hope these tips can help you on your quest for self pleasure, whether you’re a neophyte or a veteran looking to add some variety. We truly believe masturbation can lead to a better and healthier sex life by keeping you in touch with your body. Did you know it can even reduce menstrual pain and discomfort? Orgasms release endorphins, also known as the "happiness hormone", which causes a decrease in uterine contractions causing abdominal cramps during menstruation. Pretty amazing, right? So don’t hesitate to experiment with masturbation, talk to your partner about it, and most importantly, have fun!