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Self-Pleasure For Women: A Dildo Overview

   

Dildo use is pretty wide spread and a recent survey in a monthly glossy magazine reported that 20% of young professional women between the ages of 24 and 35 carry a dildo with most of the time. Self-pleasure has proven to have health benefits and can lead to better sex life through self discovery.

What is a dildo?

There is some debate over what constitutes a dildo. The general consensus is that a non-vibrating device, resembling a penis shape, size and overall appearance is a dildo. Women more commonly now associate vibrating devices in that definition. Prosthetic aids or penis extensions can also be included as can sex toys/aids for anal penetration such as butt plugs although not everyone associates them with the term dildo.

The development of the dildo

Believe it or not the sex toy use goes back way into history. The world oldest dildo is a siltstone 20cm phallus dated 30,000 years old found in a cave in Germany. It is known that ancient Egyptians used dildos over 2,500 years ago.

The early dildos were made of wood, leather and pottery. In the 1940’s technology intervened, thank goodness – PVC and rubber were introduced as were steel springs for stiffness.

Now today we girls have silicone dildos that are easy to keep clean, inexpensive and great for the first time user. The latest material to gain a following is Pyrex glass that is expensive and inflexible but some women just love the feel of.

How the Dildo can be used

There are many uses for the dildo but the most common uses apart from vaginal/clitoral stimulation such as for fetishist value. Partners may use them for foreplay running them over skin. They can be used for anal penetration or even oral penetration if of the right size. People often use them as a sort of artificial fellatio.

The Wonderful world of the dildo

There is so much choice.  Dildos come in all various shapes and can even be double ended making for twice the fun in the right environment. There are inflatable dildos, dildos with balls, flare based or even those with suction cups for easier control (can be placed on an inanimate object).

What to look for when buying a dildo

The three main aspects of buying a dildo are shape, material and colour. A woman wants something that looks and feels good. Most dildos are made of rubber. Even with rubber there are different types with jelly rubber being quite popular and coming in interesting colours.

Silicone rubber is of better quality and has the added benefits of retaining body heat well, it’s resilient, non-porous and can be boiled to sterilize. Silicone also feels great when vibrating and is great when used for clitoral stimulation. Silicone comes in a great range of sizes, shapes and colours so you can really find something appropriate for you.

Hard plastic dildos are inflexible and many women just don’t like the feel of them. If women use these then it is often only for short periods of time. I would suggest that hard plastic is really only for more experienced dildo users.

When buying a dildo really think about what you want from them and it is better to start a little smaller rather that go for one too big. Dildos aren’t cheap and they are certainly not returnable so for a newbies a jelly rubber dildo could be the ideal starting point.

About the Author:

Holly Franklin runs a website set up to help women discover their own bodies.


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