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Here’s a goal you’ll have plenty of fun keeping: Stop feeling so skittish about sex toys! They’re nothing to be embarrassed by and are a fun—and sometimes necessary—addition to a healthy sex life. But where to start? We saved you the, uh, colorful web searching and went straight to the experts. Here are 9 new toys to add a little oomph to your bedroom routine.
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First things first, the Fiera ($250, fiera.com) isn’t exactly a toy. It’s actually a wearable product used to enhance arousal and desire naturally. “This is a new product focused on priming women for sexual arousal, and it’s meant to be used before sex,” says Debby Herbenick, PhD, a research scientist in sexual health at Indiana University and author of The Coregasm Workout. It works by attaching itself around the labia and clitoris to provides gentle suction and stimulation to get you in the mood.
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“I love the Lelo Ora 2, a new sex toy that recreates the sensations of receiving oral sex for a woman,” says Ian Kerner, PhD, author of She Comes First. The handheld device ($189, lelo.com) has 10 different stimulation patterns so you can get pleasure in a variety of different ways—no partner necessary.
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The Womanizer ($189, womanizershop.com) comes recommended by Ava Cadell, PhD, relationship expert and founder of Loveology University, who says it’s her favorite new sex toy. (Here are 4 things that happen to your vagina during sex.) “It fits around the 8,000 nerve fibers of the clitoris and provides vacuum suction and pulsating waves that can result in spontaneous orgasms,” she says.
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Noticing a pattern yet? Most of these toys are focused on clitoral stimulation, and the Eva ($105, dameproducts.com) is no exception. “It’s a hands-free vibrator that essentially tucks in between the inner and outer labia so you can use it hands-free. It’s small, quiet, and pretty powerful,” says Kait Scalisi, a sex and relationship coach.
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Initially, the Iconic Wand ($125, jimmyjane.com) was made to be an all-over body massager, but somewhere down the line someone thought of a different (and better) use—now it’s exclusively used for stimulation a little farther south. Newbies should start here, says Scalisi. (Here are 7 things you can do right before sex to boost your bond .) “This is a great first-time wand; it’s powerful but not overwhelmingly strong, easy to hold, and great to foster all types of intimacy, from back massages to sexy time,” she says.
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Technically, the Pulse II Duo ($139, hotoctopuss.com) is a male masturbation sleeve. “It focuses on the most sensitive part of the penis and can be used while soft or hard, and it vibrates on both sides so each partner can experience pleasure,” Scalisi says. Note: Your partner can’t actually wear the Duo during intercourse, but couples can enjoy it during foreplay. (Here are 10 little things connected couples do. )
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The Bi Stronic Fusion vibrator ($219.99, us.funfactory.com) has a special pulsator so that you can “create your own personalized pulse-and-thrust combo,” says Sari Cooper, a certified sex therapist.
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The Loki Wave ($219, lelo.com) is marketed to men, but this toy is great for you, too. “It can be used by women for clitoral and vaginal stimulation—it’s a two-for-one,” Cooper says.
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Talk about a twofer—the Intensity ($199, pourmoi.com) tackles women’s orgasms and strengthens the pevic floor. “The Intensity actually does your Kegel exercises for you,” says Emily Morse, PhD, sexologist and host of the podcast Sex With Emily. And while it’s expanding and contracting, it’s also vibrating—so you can orgasm while you strengthen. (Oh, and P.S.—when your pelvic floor is strong, you’ve got a better chance of having mind-blowing orgasms.)
By Amber Brenza