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Dildos 101

The first question that often comes up when talking about dildos is, "What is it?" Well, a dildo is a sex toy intended for penetration. This is different than a vibrator because there are a large portion of vibrators that are intended for clitoral stimulation only, not penetration. Most dildos are phallic in shape and can range from realistic to, shall we say, creative.

There are many reasons people would choose a dildo over a vibrator. Because they are designed for penetration, they last longer and are stand up better to heavy use than many vibrators will. If you are in a situation where there isn’t a man available (like if you are by yourself or in a woman - woman couple) but still enjoy penetration a dildo can be a great alternative. It is also is a wonderful tool for anal penetration or both at the same time.

One of the most important factors when choosing the right dildo for you or your partner is to know your material. There are many choices available and each one has advantages and drawbacks. Be informed so when you take your new dildo home you know how to care for it and how to enjoy it. The majority fall under two categories, hard or soft.

In the soft category, jelly rubber dildos are probably the most prevalent type out there, and the least expensive. They are soft, flexible and can come in a nice assortment of colors. The thing to watch for with these is whether or not they have Phthalates, a chemical that many believe can irritate the vaginal wall if it has too much exposure. As people are becoming aware of this issue, many soft jelly dildos are now being made without Phthalates. The easiest way to know if your toy was made with them is to smell it. If it has a strong, chemical odor then you will want to make sure you protect yourself with a condom. These dildos are also often more porous than some of their counterparts so they can be a little harder to keep clean.

If you want something as close to the real thing as possible, Cyber skin is the material for you. It has the look and feel of real skin and nearly always made to model a real penis. It is very soft to the touch yet firm in all the right places making it a favorite if you need the real thing but for whatever it isn’t available. The one drawback is that it is porous so keeping your toy clean and ‘like new’ takes a little more work than some of the other materials.

Silicone is often the alternative to jelly rubber that people have begun to turn to. It is latex and Phthalate free and it is non porous which means easy clean up. Non porous toys like silicone can be bleached, boiled, and even washed in the dishwasher to ensure a perfectly clean toy any time you want it. The density of silicone promotes good conductivity of vibrations if you choose one that has that feature. It is also soft and flexible and very versatile which makes it a good choice.

There are a number of hard dildos available too. The most common of these are made of glass or Pyrex. Glass offers a smooth, hard surface that is non porous so easy to clean. Glass also can be heated up or kept in the freezer to change things up during play. The other draw of glass is that many of the dildos are works of art in themselves in both shape and color. They are often see through with swirls of colors and patterns, making using them just that much more enjoyable.

There are a number of styles of dildo available. On one hand, you have the traditional shapes that look like a normal penis, complete with balls, veins and a variety of skin colors. Then you have a range where the shapes resembles the penis but changing colors and removing details until you just have a long cylindrical shape. Some also add features, like ribs or curves to assist in hitting the G spot. The colors have an incredible variety and you can usually find the vibe you want in any color that suits you.

Size of the dildo is also a factor to consider. There are some that are slender which can be great for anal play or for those who enjoy something a bit smaller. There are also larger toys available for people who like some girth and depth with penetration. Length should also be considered because it affects not only the depth of the toy but also how easy it is to hold on to and maneuver.

Many dildos on the market have additional features that aid in the pleasure of the penetration. Adding a bullet or a vibrator core to a dildo is one of the most common additions made. Vibration can add to the stimulation of the G spot or can be used on the clit. Suction cup bases can provide firm attachment to a surface while you pleasure yourself for more hands free enjoyment. Some dildos can be inflated to get the exact girth and length you crave and a large majority of them have a base that makes them suitable for strap on play as well.

Dildos can be used in a variety of forms of penetration. Many have two heads for double penetration or for use with a partner. Others are designed specifically for anal stimulation with secure bases and tapered to fit comfortably. There are even dildos fashioned into a ball gag for those who like to have something penetrating their mouth while pleasuring someone else.

Familiarizing yourself with what is available can make choosing the right dildo a lot of fun. Remember that although many of the better quality ones out there do cost a little more but these are made to last a lifetime.