Photo Credit: Karl JuengerPsst! Want to supercharge your sex life? We have the scoop on the bedroom essentials that will rock your world. (Bonus: You have most of them already!)
1. A Pillow
A well-placed pillow can help you get into new positions and add sexy variety to old favorites. Try tucking a pillow under your butt in missionary position, says Mabel Iam, author of Sex and the Perfect Lover. Or put it between your legs while spooning. Of course, it also works the traditional way: under your head.
2. A Vibrator
The question isn't why get a vibrator; it's why not? You can use one on your own to explore what feels good, or with your partner to add a new dimension to sex together. Women who use vibrators report higher levels of sexual satisfaction with their partners, increased libido, and easier orgasms, according to research by REDBOOK Love Network expert Laura Berman, Ph.D. If you're a newbie, try a discreet vibrator like the LAYAspot. "It fits in the palm of your hand, and it also easily fits between you and your partner for stimulation during intercourse," says sex expert Emma Taylor (a.k.a. Em). Lo (Lorelei Sharkey), Em's writing partner, suggests the Fukuoku 9000, which fits onto his (or your) finger. Or go to goodvibes.com for a guide on picking the right vibrator for you.
3. A Lube You Love
Not only does lube make everything glide more smoothly, it can also help make sex last longer (because you won't dry out) and make it easier to try different positions. To find one, sample as many as you can, says sexologist Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., author of Prime: "It's a very personal thing, and the fun is in finding one that you love and your body loves." Water-based lubes (like Pink Water) are best if you're worried about allergies, while silicone-based varieties (such as Pjur Eros Original Bodyglide) last longer. Mix things up with formulas that tingle or warm (like K-Y Touch Massage 2-in-1 Warming). You can even find organic and natural lubricants (such as Good Clean Love or Oceanus Carrageenan). To read user reviews of all these lubes - and more! - and buy them online, go to babeland.com or drugstore.com.
4. Just-for-fun Toys
Whether they're tame (feather ticklers, whipped cream) or not so tame (fuzzy cuffs, whips), playful props add excitement to the mix. To see what tickles your fancy, take a field trip to an adult shop, or browse an online retailer like babeland.com or goodvibes.com.
5. A Great Sex Book
"When it comes to sex, you just can't know too much," says Iam. That's why it helps to have a sex manual that covers the full gamut, from anatomy to vibrators. "Read it over a glass of wine and use it as a conversation starter," suggests Em. Check out Em & Lo's book Sex: How to Do Everything; the frank and informative The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex, by Cathy Winks and Anne Semans; or the Guide to Getting It On! by Paul Joannides, a comprehensive handbook that even has how-to diagrams.
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