Cock Ring Guide

Perfect Fit Vibrating Penis Ring

Before starting our journey with the Cock Ring Guide, let me answer the question immediately. NO! Cock Rings do not enlarge penis neither in length nor in girth, at least not as much as you expect and not permanently. If you are here to find an answer to this question of yours, now you’ve got it, you can leave the page but it leads you to miss heaps of information about unique sensations that you may have during sex with a cock ring. Just sayin’.

The Adult Smart Blog gives readers all the information you may need about cock rings as well some of the best tips to attain maximum sexual pleasures. The favorite category for many people on the adult blog is cock rings since they are efficient and cause no health problems.  A cock ring is highly effective in helping men hold an erection and giving exceptional sensations during sexual intercourse and after ejaculation that will not only blow your mind but also leave your lady with pleasure. Cock rings are based on the male anatomy and work by delaying ejaculation thus helping you have harder erections and stronger ejaculations and erections. This is because an erection occurs after blood flows into a penis due to sexual arousal. However, the blood can go back when a person has physiological or psychological issues especially after a certain age causing erectile dysfunction. The use of a cock ring prevents blood from flowing back to the body by constricting its flow – many people with erectile problems fix this with the use of a penis pump to get the erection and a cock ring to maintain it. Blood in the penis gives you harder, uninterrupted erections and the cock ring makes ejaculations more fun and everyone can use regardless of whether they have an erectile dysfunction or not. When blood is restricted to the penis by the cock ring, the penis is bound to become slightly bigger. However, cock rings are not designed to enlarge the penis or increase its girth but they give unique sensations during sex.

Cock Size

Frankly, size matters. But, not in the way you imagine. There are hundreds of men out there who are “gifted” with large penis. However, they generally ***generalisation alert*** think that this is the only concern about sex and they have right to do anything they like with their “big” penis. ***Next few sentences are for the ones who are into men*** Most of them are not able to be a gentleman with (because of) their “endowment”. They are acting like a jerk, treating you as a dirt and that’s why I’m saying “size matters”. Don’t be one of them, don’t be with one of them, don’t waste your time. Of course, there are few who are cute and did manage to complete their evolution. If you find one among this group of men, feed ’em with the fruits of your hidden garden and caress them. ***End of the sub-topic*** Anyway, lets go back to our main topic the Cock Ring Guide.

Cock Rings

So, what are you supposed to do with those cock rings? We all might have some difficulties with holding an erection on some days and basically, a cock ring helps you to maintain your erection and gives exceptional sensations during and after your ejaculation and women will enjoy it as well but I am going to explain it later. There are some other methods available to delay your ejaculation like using pills, drops or sprays etc. but cock rings are completely a useful tool to overcome your problem. At this point, the most important thing is not to use it over 30 minutes. This time interval varies person to person, I recommend new starters not to use it over 15 minutes but you need to listen to your body and act accordingly.

Cock rings achieve prolonging ejaculation by using the basic rules of male anatomy. We all know that erection occurs when blood flows into the penis after sexual arousal. However, it may be easily affected by psychological and physiological responses, so it is easier for blood to go back where it comes from than filling the veins of penis up, especially after a certain age limit. It is the nature of men, we can’t be a stud forever. Here is the purpose of a cock ring: preventing blood from going out of penis by constricting its flow, this restriction gives you harder and uninterrupted erections. Additionally, your ejaculations will be much more fun after sessions with a cock ring which means that you are free to use one even if you don’t have an erectile dysfunction. I should admit that, on the contrary what I said above, cock rings make your penis a tiny bit bigger as a result of the constriction of blood flow but it is not our primary gain from this toy, you can use one of penis pumps instead if you are after it.

Cock Ring Material:

Sensuelle Rechargeable Cock Ring
Sex Toy: Nu Sensuelle Rechargeable Bullet Ring

There are several types of cock ring on the market in terms of material, size and shape and it might be a big deal for new starters to choose the best one for themselves. Mainly, cock rings can be classified regarding its material type into 4 groups such as:

  • Silicone: A silicone cock ring is easy to clean and body safe thanks to its non-porous structure. However, they are not that elastic so putting it on and taking it off might seem a bit hard to you at first glance.
  • Rubber: This type of cock rings are stretchy enough to fit on your shaft and also behind your testicles which make the ring possible to use even in flaccid state comfortably. They are easy to clean but it could be not that durable compared to other materials. Yet, it is a good option for new starters.
  • Leather: Although leather cock rings are hard to clean, they are really nice to touch. You can adjust its tightness and easily take it off after play as most of them have buckles or clasps. Being able to control its tightness is another plus for beginners.
  • Metal: Since metal cock rings restrict blood flow more than any other material, men who are into harder erections choose this type of cock ring. They are extremely durable and easy to clean due to its nature. However, taking them off in case of an emergency can be a big problem as they are not flexible at all. Therefore, you need to think twice before buying one and also it is obvious that they are not suitable for new starters.

Cock Ring Size:

After making a decision about what kind of material you choose, getting the right size for your penis will be your second concern which is really easy to pick one.

Cock rings are measured by diameter and you need to buy a cock ring with smaller diameter than the diameter of your penis so that it can restrict your blood flow. All you need to do is to measure the circumference of your penis and divide it by 3.14 to obtain the diameter. I am pretty sure that most of you know your dimensions with its decimal points but please measure it one more time, properly. Measure around the very base of your erected penis by wrapping the tape measure around the bottom of your shaft. If you are into using cock ring behind your scrotum, measure it behind the balls and as close to the body as you can. Stretchy cock rings have their minimum and maximum diameters so after calculating your diameter, make sure that your diameter falls between them. On the other hand, if you are after a metal cock ring, the one around 0.3 in smaller than your diameter will fit you comfortably.

 

How to Put On a Cock Ring:

Cock Rings CBT
Illustration: Cock & Ball Ring Types

 

It is better to examine this in two parts. The first part will be about stretchy cock rings which is easier and less intimidating than the metal ones.

If you want to put the ring on your erected penis, it will be pretty easy. Stretch the ring a bit so that the top of the ring is wider than the bottom and slide it over the head of the penis. At the same time, stretch the bottom half underneath the head and wear it all the way down your erected penis. It can be used just under your glans or middle of your shaft as well, it is up to you. Make sure not to catch any stray hair, using lubricant could be useful at this point. If you don’t like water-based lubricants because of getting sticky after certain time, feel free to use Super Slyde silicone-based lubricant even with silicone cock rings due to its unique compatibility with silicone toys.

If you’d like to place the ring behind your scrotum after this point, gently stretch the top half of the ring over the shaft and then stretch the bottom half over your balls. You can make it easier by using lubricant again.

If you are into metal cock rings, putting them on is a bit harder as they are not stretchy at all. First of all, pull one of your testicles (preferably the bigger one) Then, pull the skin or push from the other side so that both testicles can go in the hole. Your penis is supposed to be flaccid. Push your penis down, make it flat and stick the head of your penis into the ring. It will be easier as you can use your foreskin to pull your penis if you are not circumcised. Otherwise, you need to grab the head and pull it. Lubricating your penis and testicles will help you in this process. In this case, you may use some cloth to get better grip on your cock. Once you inserted your shaft and testicles into the ring, pull the skin of your balls to get the ring as close to your body as possible.

After putting on the ring properly, the only concern must be how well the ring fit you. As I mentioned above, a ring gives you only slight enlargement in girth, so if you see obvious swelling it means that the ring is too tight for you then take it off please. It is also important that if your shaft feel cold or you experience pain, take the ring off immediately. The most important part of using a cock ring is not to exceed 30 minutes in a session. Having an erected penis for many hours can cause coagulation in the penis and it leads to priapism which is a medical condition in which the erect penis does not return to its flaccid state. That’s why it is strongly recommended not to take enhancing pills while using a cock ring.

It is totally safe using a condom during sexual intercourse with a cock ring. However, you should make sure that the ring is not rubbing against any parts of the condom as this cause friction, and worse, may cause the condom to break.

How to Have Sex With a Cock Ring:

 

Better Sex Positions

Illustration: Clitoris Align Technique

Even if men use cock rings to achieve harder and longer erections so that they can have unique sensations, another reason for the use of cock ring is to satisfy the person who they have sex with. You can find many articles on the Internet about how hard to satisfy women in bed and that is partly true. The key point is to stimulate right spots inside vagina and on clitoris, but it is a bit complicated and it needs special attention. Let’s talk specifically about how you can use a cock ring wisely on a woman.

Cock rings with vibrators or protrusions that extend toward her clitoris can heighten external sensation for women. There are several types of vibrating cock rings on the market and all have different features. In my opinion, although there are heaps of successful brands, 3 of them are well ahead which are Tor 2 by LELO, Sensuelle Double Action by Nu and Smart Vibe Ring by Tenga. All of them are made of body-safe materials. They are rechargeable, immersible and has strong vibrations with different modes of escalation and pulsation. Sensuelle by Nu has 2 vibrating bullets which allows you to stimulate your perineum and scrotum while your partner’s clitoris is being hit by the other one.

You can use Coital Alignment Technique (CAT) which is a modified version of missionary. This position aims to apply pressure on clitoris during intercourse as women need clitoral stimulation to climax. Simply, take your positions just as in missionary then he moves upward so that his pubic bone can hit her clitoris. At this point, it is important for him not to thrust as usual but rock his body back and forth. This position does not allow you to penetrate deeply but keeping applying pressure on her clitoris will make her happy, for sure. See the following diagram below.

The other possibility of having better sex with a cock ring is to give her the control during sex while he is laying back and she is on top so that she can decide which points of her clitoris will be stimulated and how she moves to achieve orgasm.

Other Information

These are some bad representations of cock rings that I stumbled across during my search on Google images.

The adultsmart blog not only gives you strategies on have you can have ultimate pleasure by using cock rings but also helps you in choosing the most appropriate ring. It gives honest views of each type of cock rings and explains the benefits and disadvantages of using a particular type of cock ring material. It sheds some light on the real uses of a cock ring and explains that it can only cause minimal penis enlargement. There are highly effective vibrators such as Loki, LELO specifically designed to give you a mystical male orgasm. It vibrates and massages the p-spot. It comes with an inbuilt lithium battery that lasts for 2 hours and is rechargeable. It is made of a soft premium grade silicone that easily glides with water based lubes of high quality. It is also waterproof. There are no known bad severe side-effects associated with the use of cock rings.

Cock rings are without a doubt the most effective means of obtaining maximum pleasure in bed for both you and your lady. They are a real solution for men who want to please ladies. While other solutions such as pills come with health consequences, cock rings do not pose any danger to your health but help you achieve a more fulfilling sex life for a long period. You do not have to have erectile dysfunction issues to use cock rings. The adultsmart blog allows you to make informed decisions and get to know how you can experience ultimate sexual pleasures in bed without using harmful pills.  As you can see my interest lays in sex toys for men of which there is a specific category but I can assure you that there are many categories available at this adult blog Australia that will be just perfect for you and it is what makes adultsmart the best adult shop online.

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Penis Plug Types

Textured Penis Plug

I will be honest with you. Penis plugs or urethral sounds are not the best sex toys for me to enjoy. I really wanted to have unique masturbation sensations with a plug in my penis while moving in and out but I couldn’t stop that feeling. What I mean by saying ‘that feeling’ is the one may be experienced when you are on a Roller Coaster and you feel like your genital declares its independence and leaves you alone forever. I bet you had the same feeling when you first think about urethral play. However, you are here now and keen to learn about penis plugs and urethral sounds. Please peruse this article prior to play and feel free to share your experience under this review so that we can improve our knowledge together.

To begin with, I strongly recommend you to get informed about the anatomy of urethra. The definition says that:

“The male urethra is a narrow fibromuscular tube that conducts urine and semen from the bladder and ejaculatory ducts, respectively, to the exterior of the body.”

Before going further, we should know the difference between penis plugs and urethral sounds. Whilst penis plugs are inserted into urethra to have sexual sensations, urethral sounds are primarily used for medical purposes such as dilating urethra for medical applications.  However, many people realized that they get sexual arousal with the feeling of their urethra being stretched, so plugs&sounds became more popular among men who seek intense experiences. The first use of penis plugs is thought to be in 1200 AD with the Chinese nobility, but the popularity of it has increased after 1990s. On the other hand, urethral sounds have been used in women from 1800s for medical purposes.

Basically, penis plugs are worn during sex or masturbation but urethral sounds are more likely used in solo sessions and they are longer than penis plugs (sometimes they can reach the bladder). While penis plugs may have ribs and notches to keep them in place, urethral sounds can be easily moved in and out due to their smooth structures. Still, both vary in size and design. Let’s see the varieties elaborately.

Penis Plugs

A penis plug is made of smooth, preferably metal for sanitary purposes but also silicone penis plugs are available on the market. It is used for getting intensify climax and prolonging ejaculation. On the other hand, people who don’t want to have Prince Albert piercing which is “a ring-style piercing that extends along the underside of the glans from the urethral opening to where the glans meets the shaft of the penis” use penis plugs to imitate the look of PA piercing temporarily. You can see the images of both Prince Albert Piercing and a penis plug with glans ring below.

Penis Plugs Types

Silicone Cum Thru Penis Plug
Sex Toy: FELIX Flexi Tube Silicone Steel Cum Thru “Through-Hole” Penis Plug
  • Solid Plugs: This type of plug has no opening which means that the wearers are not able to urinate or ejaculate while using it.
  • Tapered Plugs: If you are a new starter to this kind of play, this type of penis plug will help you with exploring your boundaries. Some of them start off small diameter and then gradually expand which enable you to have light stretching.
  • Ridged Plugs: If you are keen to have more sensation after getting experienced, textured ones such as ridges, waves, beads and etc give more fun during play.
  • Sperm Stopper Plugs: This type of plug has a ball going into the urethra and it is also attached to a glans ring to keep the plug in its place. As a bonus the combination of glans ring and ball stimulates your frenulum perfectly.
  • Through-Hole Plugs: Unlike the others I mentioned above, this type of plug enables you to ejaculate or urinate when in use by the help of its hollowed structure.
  • Prince’s Wand: This type of plug (a.k.a Policeman’s Nightstick) has a hollow shaft with a ball on the end which means you are free to urinate and ejaculate while wearing it. The wand can be used with or without Prince Albert Piercing.
  • Vibrating Plugs: This type of plug has large end where the battery compartment is placed and it delivers powerful vibrations to your urethra.
  • Electro-Sex Plugs: It is easy to turn penis plugs into electro toys as metal is a good material for conduction. Whilst one of wires is connected to your penis plug the other goes to a reference point such as cock ring.

Urethral Sounds

As I told you above, urethral sounds are mainly used in medicine to enlarge urethra but numerous nerve endings in urethra made urethral sounds a perfect tool for intense sensations. They usually come in sets with different thicknesses which means that you are able to change the probe as you get experienced.

Urethral Sounds Types

  • Van Buren Sounds: This type of sounds are thin, long and designed in J-shaped to stimulate the prostate from the inside the bladder. They must be inserted into flaccid penis and you should wait until your erection is relieved if you get hard while using it. (Most probably you will!)
  • Hegar Sounds: This type of sounds are designed slightly S-shaped with two different diameters on each end. This is suitable for beginners and also women thanks to its elegant design.
  • Pratt Sounds: The Pratt has more pronounced curve and longer shaft than the Hegar and this features enable you to go further to your prostate. As similar with the Hegar, the Pratt also has two different diameters on each end and can be used in women’s urethral play.
  • Rosebud Sounds (a.k.a. Bakes or Bullet Sounds): These are long and thin sounds with bulbous end which give intense sensations to your urethra like the way anal beads do. The Rosebud is suitable for both men and women and its straight shape makes the toy usable when your penis is erected.
  • Henk Sounds: These are also double ended with slightly curved ends. The prominent feature of the Henk sounds is the pair of metal rings one on each sides acting stopper. The probe does not go further than 3.5 inches by the help of those rings, however, experienced users are prone to use that rings as an added stimulator by pushing the sound further.
  • Dittle Sounds: This type of sounds have straight rods with a rounded tip and a flat end. You can use this type without worrying about your erection during play due to its straight shape. Additionally, flattened head makes the toy more controllable and also allows you to experience electro-sex.Sim Sounds: The only difference between the Sim and the Dittle is its slightly curved rod.

Penis Plugs and Urethral Sounds

After seeing all types of penis plugs and urethral sounds, you need to decide which one suits you. If you are a new starter to urethral play, you are more likely to have small and smooth plugs or sounds. The ones with rounded and tapered tips allow you to have pleasant stretch while trying to insert it into your urethra. I recommend you to start with penis plug before going further to urethral sounds, especially having a ring or an enlarged end so that the plug don’t slip in eg. Prince’s Wand or Tapered Plugs.

In addition to stainless steel plugs and sounds, there are silicone and aluminum ones on the market and they are pretty handy and body safe as well, however, stainless steel materials are much more favorable when it comes to sterilization. Don’t worry about boiling them before and after each use, they can withstand all sterilization techniques.

If you are experiencing urethral sounds, remember not to use curved sounds when you are erected. Additionally, it is better to have a sound which is straight, thin and not too long for new starters, so the Rosebud or the Dittle may be a good choice for the very first time.

How To Use Penis Plugs and Urethral Sounds

First of all, being slow and patient  is the key point for urethral play. You don’t want to injure your urethra and get Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Always sanitise your plug/sound prior to use by keeping it 5-10 minutes in boiling water and then wipe with alcohol. Even if it seems like a good idea, don’t use saliva. Saliva will not be slippery enough for your urethral walls and it involves sugar which causes UTIs. In addition to the cleanliness of your toy, make sure that your hands and your penis are washed with antibacterial soap and hot water thoroughly. You can even wear surgical gloves during play.

You are ready to insert it into your penis now. Relax and make sure that your penis is in flaccid state. Use sterile lubricant, preferably water-based for easy cleaning. Don’t fight any new sensations while insertion and don’t push the toy further if your urethra does not allow it to slip in. Your urethral muscles work against it and try to push it out and it is completely natural. At this point, let the gravity help you, so it is better to hold your penis vertically during insertion.

If you are comfortable with the toy in your urethra, start experiencing sensations with light strokes on your penis or sliding the toy in and out. When you feel ready to ejaculate, let it go as long as you are using a hollow penis plug. If you are using the solid one, take the plug/sound out then ejaculate to prevent retrograde ejaculation. However, if the sound that you used is curved, you need to wait until your penis goes back to flaccid state.

Once you got experienced you want to try something different. If you wand to stick to a penis plug, go with the Ridged or the Vibrating Plugs. If it is urethral sounds that you want to enjoy, it is easier. They come in sets and after starting with the smallest one, you can increase the thickness gradually for the next plays.

It is normal if you experience burning when you pee after play and even blood can be observed in your urine as you might irritate the walls of urethra, especially when you are new to this fun. However, if you have a discharge, fever or cramping, seek medical attention. Please never insert any random objects into your urethra other than plugs or sounds.

This is about as much as I can tell you from my personal experience but a great medical resource or supplier website I found that will provide you with even more information is penisplugs.net.au which I found to be the informative.

Thank Steve Jobs for Sex

Firstly I want to thank Steve Jobs (May he rest in peace) for creating the Iphone, because if it wasn’t for the Iphone, Tinder which is the world’s greatest app second to Angry Birds would not have been created or Grinder. If you don’t already know about Tinder, it is an application on the phone where you swipe left (to reject) or right (to accept and chat) people in your area. Now you can get some common interests for example a friend from school or awkwardly a relative but this is just a small embarrassment from the larger sum of satisfaction that you can gain from Tinder.

Anyway I’m detracting from the story. I was at home one night and I was bored swiping my life away on Tinder, it sort of sounded like this, “No”, “No”, “I think I’m related to her!” “No”, “Oh! She is cute”, “No”, “Well, Hello Hello Cutie”, “No’. Then all off a sudden I received the best news of my life. “Congratulations, you got a match!.” and I moved my thumb towards the notification saying please be hot, please be hot this blonde girl pops on my screen. Jackpot! Hazel eyes, beautiful blonde hair, these cute dimples. It was defiantly love at first swipe!. I made the first move, I sat there thinking of something catchy to say, something real witty where she will turn around and say oh his a smooth operator i would defiantly have sex with him. So I thought of the wittiest line i had in my arsenal “HEY”.

Who knew that “HEY” could lead to 5 hours of constant banter and then the invitation to come over. God, I love Tinder. So after going to the gym, going home, checking myself out in the mirror naked, a bit of self confidence boosting talk, and a little bit to much aftershave, I headed to her house! Her name was Claire by the way if anyone was wondering. Now Claire was the same age as me, 20, and she lived very close to me, about 10 minutes drive but had no mutual friends. Thank God for tinder, truly bring the world closer

 

People Kissing
Photo: Thank Steve Jobs For Sex

 

As soon as I arrived to her apartment, she opened the door and there she was in black lace bra and panties set, with a garter belt connecting to her stockings. It was on. I paced over, and lifted her off her feet and carried her to the bedroom while we were kissing each other passionately, the mouth, the neck, she was nibbling my ear lobe and putting her tongue down my ear. Kinky, I liked that. I take her down to the bed, as soon as she is laying there she leans forward and takes my top off, we are still passionately kissing, little words had been said. It started to get even more heated with my belt coming off, and her quickly taking unbuttoning my jeans. I liked her lingerie so I teased her by leaving it on for longer. She started playing with me using her tans, whilst her lips were still working themselves up and down my neck. She pulls back for a second and reaches into her draw, automatically in my head I said “Here we go, another axe murderer”, oh wait it is not a knife she is pulling out, it was a tube and by the looks of it, it was flavored. I took a closer look at the bottle and it was my favorite WetStuff Salted Caramel flavored lube. She started to squeeze it in drops on my chest all the way down to my pelvis, she chased the drops with her tongue until she worked her way down to my penis, she lined my shaft with this sticky caramel lube and ate it all. I was in heaven.

I picked her up again and took her to the dining room table where i laid her flat and just made love to her. Then again i picked her up and took her to the bed. She reached over for the second time and pulled out a little bullet. It was the 20 function NU Sensuelle, as we were in missionary she started to serenade her clitoris with it. Then all of a sudden in between her moans she started laughing, I asked her what was funny and she replies “You sold me this toy about a year ago, and now I’m using it while you’re fucking me”. If that is not satisfaction, I do not know what is. We continued until she came from the vibrations of the bullet, and then it was my turn. If it wasn’t for the bullet, I don’t think I could of got her to where she wanted to go. NU 20 Function Sensuelle Point Bullet is a must have!!!!!

 

Secret Causes of Vaginal Odours

Vagina Health Information

Whilst to some vaginal health is a cringe-worthy topic, worrisome Vaginal Odours are something every women will experience in her life at some point, most likely on various occasions. Often women, men, husbands, partners (basically whoever has the pleasure of being in the vicinity of your vagina) have unrealistic expectations on how we should smell and taste. Whilst it would be great for the experience to be something like the video below, it’s just not going to happen. While many women are self conscious about what their vagina smells like, the truth is a healthy vagina shouldn’t smell bad. Just like all of your internal organs, the vagina is a carefully balanced ecosystem made of fluids/discharge and bacteria designed to keep it in healthy working order as well as keeping it clean. Yep, that’s right! The discharge we produce is actually our bodies self cleaning – pretty amazing right?!

I did some research and saw a study where a bunch of gynecologists got together and did some very “unscientific” tests to figure out what a ‘normal’ vagina should smell like or why people have Vaginal Odours… They determined that one can smell a healthy/normal vagina from around 1 foot away. Most odours are completely normal, but there are times when a new/strange odor can be your body signalling a problem. A strong/particularly bad smelling odour may be as a result of an infection, or bacterial imbalance and is definitely something you should consult with your doctor!

What Causes Vaginal Odours?

The truth is our vaginas are a pretty sensitive area and should be treated with  R E S P E C T (great song). There are tonnes of things which can throw out your body, some of which I’ll explain below.

  • Poor diet: Odoriferous foods like garlic, asparagus, curry, diets with a high intake of sugar are just a few of the foods that can throw out the natural smell of your vagina and over all body odour. (I guess you really are what you eat!)
  • Medications: Many antibiotics can cause the natural 4.6 Ph of your body to imbalance, resulting in thrush, itchiness, change in discharge and odour as well as other nasty problems. Slightly less unknown is antihistamines (as well as asthma inhalers) causing dryness and abnormalities in your vaginal health.
  • Hormonal Changes: Your body smells different at different points in your menstrual cycle. Birth control pills have also been shown to alter the natural smell of your vagina and effect the Ph of the vagina.
  • GOD FORBID – A FORGOTTEN TAMPON: A horror story we’ve all heard before… It actually happens. Quite often apparently. A forgotten tampon leaves a smell that somewhat resembles an animal crawling up there and dying. Yep, horrifying. Though, once removed, the smell disappears almost immediately. There are many alternatives to using tampons which are SO much healthier for your vagina which I will discuss in my next review…
  • Poor Hygiene: Whilst your vagina doesn’t need to be douched or cleaned whilst using a magnifier, it does need to be washed. Underwear should NOTTTTT be worn for over 24 hours and should be loose and preferably made from cotton.
  • OVER CLEANING: Something many people are guilty of, is over cleaning. Despite how gross some days you might feel – studies show you only need to rinse with water to adequately clean your vagina. Though if you feel this doesn’t work for you or would feel better for using some sort of product, stick to natural soaps which are not fragranced.

 

Practice Good Hygiene to Minimise Vaginal Odours

  • Use the correct soap
  • Wipe front to back after going to the toilet and be sure to be thorough. If you’re really worried about cleanliness you can use some sort of baby wipes with no fragrance for a quick clean after going to the bathroom.
  • Be careful what you put in and around your vagina! Flavoured lubricants are a big no-no during intercourse if you’re prone to infections. The glycerine causes an imbalance of (yep you guessed it) your Ph.
  • Watch your diet!
  • Know your body! Be vigilant of any changes in your body and head straight to the doctor is something changes.

DO NOT FRET! Vaginal Odours aren’t supposed to smell like that YouTube clip above. Your body is amazing and your vagina can do some pretty cool things – so (SING IT WITH ME NOW) ???????

“You’ve got to show me, got to show me a little
You’ve got to give me, got to give me a little
Yes, all I want is, all I want is a little
What all I need is a little respect.

What you want, baby I got
And what you need, you know that I’ve got it
All I’m askin” for is a little respect”

Woman Having a Bath
Photo Vaginal Health Guide

 

AND REMEMBER: Even if you don’t like your Vaginal Odours, guys and girls enjoy the smell of their partners vagina. Their brains associate that smell with getting to see you naked and having sex. So really, it isn’t in your best interests to change mother nature anyway.

**Warning: This review contains personal stories of tampon usage and may be confronting to other staff members who do not wish to read about my vagina.. SOZ IN ADVANCE. For the educational aspect, I’ve include everyone in this article – because let’s face it, we all know someone with a vagina.**

It’s no secret – I like vaginas, vaginas are cool. So I’m going start this article with a fun fact…Did you know that the Ph balance of the vagina, which is usually around 4 – 4.5, is the same Ph as wine, beer and tomatoes.?!? Excuse me whilst I rave about vaginas – but how cool are they?! I’m about to make a bold statement. If you have a vagina, or you know someone who has a vagina, you/your friend with a vagina NEEDS a menstrual cup. Or, let me start with a less bold statement – you/your friend with a vagina needs to consider not using tampons. Like many women, I’ve used tampons ever since I got my first period. Mainly because they were easy, they don’t smell, they (are supposed to) feel like you’re not wearing anything, and they’re just what everybody uses. (Shit’s about to get real personal, continue down to the  bold cue if you don’t want to read about my vaginal mishaps…)

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had REALLY uncomfortable periods. Not period pain in my abdomen or back, but in my actual vagina. It would feel dry, itchy, extremely uncomfortable at best, and would feel unusually hot. Once I became sexually active, I realised that it was kind of all the time that my vagina felt that way – it just got worse when I was on my period. I also couldn’t (it was impossible) have sex without lubricant, and didn’t produce any of my own natural lubricant. Let’s just say “It feels like wearing nothing” was a statement I called bullshit. Admittedly, I’m sort of ashamed that it took me like 7 odd years to figure out that it was tampons that were ruining my vagina, though I figure there’s tonnes of women who are in the same boat – and just like me, are misinformed.

One glorious day, I decided to google the affects of tampons and found these facts…

  • Questionable materials: Unbeknownst to a lot of people, tampons are actually made of a combination of cotton and rayon (chemically treated wood pulp fibre *alarm bell no.1*), plastics and additives to increase absorbency. These materials are not naturally white… Tampons go white through a process of bleaching (alarm bell no.2), resulting in by-products of dioxin, which has been linked to immune system suppression, reproductive issues and even cancer. It’s also be proven that the pesticides used while cotton farming can make their way through the manufacturing process and into the final tampon product *are your alarms ringing yet?*
  • They don’t discriminate: Not only do tampons absorb your period, they absorb everything. During menstruation, your body still produces normal fluids and vital bacteria to keep your vagina healthy. Tampons don’t discriminate! THEY ABSORB EVERYTHING, causing vaginal dryness, an imbalance of Ph, furthermore impeding your vagina from being self cleaning and leading to infections. Yikes.
  • They loosen: Tampons are designed to expand and loosen once inserted. Meaning if the tampon does cause vaginal dryness, even once the tampon is removed there could be fibres left behind. This leaves a perfect surface for bacteria to breed.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome: Not as much of a fear these days, but can still occur from leaving a tampon in for too long.

So what did I do? I tried an alternative method that I had all but previously laughed at.

The JuJu cup

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Sex Health Product: The Ju Ju Cup

 

A girl in my grade had one at school and I just thought it was the weirdest concept. I couldn’t picture what one looked like and I sure as hell wasn’t going to ask to see hers. I wish I’d asked her about it though, I definitely would have saved myself some pain and some money!!

There are tonnes of menstrual cups out there, though the JuJu Cup is Australian made and owned. Put simply, it’s a small, silicone, squishy cup about the size of my thumb which folds up nicely and then pops out inside your vagina once inserted. It sits just below your cervix and is designed to capture everything that trickles from your cervix, with no leakage due to it suctioning to the walls of your vagina. To remove, you pinch the bottom of the cup to break the seal and remove. Unlike what I found with tampons, it literally feels like wearing nothing and without sounding like a drama queen – it’s literally changed my life. I’ve only had my JuJu Cup for 3 menstrual cycles now, and I have noticed the BIGGEST difference. I literally have none of the previous symptoms I had, I’m so much more comfortable and I self lubricate YAY. If I’ve noticed this much of a difference in a matter of months, I can’t imagine what it’ll be like in a few years to come.

THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT. On average, a women uses about 11,000 disposable menstrual products in her lifetime. These are not biodegradable and end up in landfills or worse – in the ocean. A 2010 study showed that on an average beach clean up there are 30 menstrual products on a beach/in the water per kilometre. That’s pretty scary. I now preach the excellence of the JuJu Cup to anyone who will listen. They reckon on average, a women spends about $3000 on tampons and pads – my JuJu was $50. Enough said.

Just like our silicone sex toys, it needs to be properly looked after to get a full lifetime of use. Menstrual Cups should be boiled before first use at the beginning of every period, and only rinsed in between. They’re designed to not fill until around 12 hours of use – so don’t fret. Change it in the morning, and wear up until you go to sleep without worrying! Most importantly, in-between periods, keep your cup in it’s storage bag to stop it coming into contact with anything nasty. My menstrual cup has literally changed my life and I refuse to let anyone rain on my parade! They’re awesome and I think everyone should give them a go at least  if not just for your vaginal health! You might be surprised – I was!

  About the Author: Chloe is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres

HIV Explained

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This question sometimes occupies our minds, actually most of the time. You don’t have to have an active sex life for questioning this. There are many people who think that they got (or will be) infected somehow and they will live in hell for the rest of their lives. So, if you are one of those people you are in the right address. Now please listen to me carefully. First of all, misinformation makes this problem bigger. I am pretty sure that you browsed all websites on the Internet and saw heaps of stories related to this topic. Still, let’s clarify our minds.

What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and if it is not treated, it will live with you for life. I know this is the reason for you to feel frightened too much but keep calm.  HIV attacks your immune system, especially your T-cells which take an important role in your fight against diseases and reduces the number of T-cells day by day. In the end, it destroys your immune system and you have AIDS.

What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome which is the terminal stage of HIV but not everyone who has HIV reaches this stage. When your T-cells fall under a certain limits, you are diagnosed with AIDS. Once you diagnosed with AIDS, your life expectancy will be around 3 years.

We heard about life stories of people who got infected with HIV eg. our dearly beloved Freddie Mercury or most of us have seen series/movies about life of people who have AIDS, for example Angels in America (2003) or The Normal Heart (2014). However, these happened 30 years ago. Thanks to modern medicine, someone diagnosed with HIV can live as long as a person who does not have HIV. The only way to achieve it first getting tested before it is too late and then staying on treatment.

History of HIV: 

Scientists believe that we got this virus via chimpanzees in Central Africa. They had different version of it and people hunted them for their meat, contacted their infected blood then that virus mutated into HIV. The first official report on AIDS was published in 1981 in the U.S.after death of 5 gay men. There was a total of 270 reported case among gay men and 121 of those people died by the end of that year. And just a quick reminder, we are not in the era to say that AIDS is a gay disease. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) there were approximately 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV at the end of 2014, 2.6 million of these were under 15 and 34 million people have died from AIDS related causes so far. An estimated 2 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2014.

You Can Not Get Infected with HIV by:

  • Mosquitoes or other insects.
  • Air or water.
  • Any fluid that is not mixed with the blood of an HIV-positive person.
  • Shaking hands, hugging, sharing toilets, sharing dishes/drinking glasses.

You Can Get Infected with HIV by:

  • Having anal or vaginal sex with someone who has HIV without using a condom. In this case, receptive anal sex is riskier than insertive one. Vaginal sex is the second highest-risk sexual behaviour.
  • Sharing needles or syringes with someone who has HIV. HIV can live in a used needle up to 42 days depending on the factors.
  • From mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.

In Extremely Rare Cases, You Can Not Get Infected with HIV by:

  • There is a tiny little possibility of getting HIV in oral sex. It is theoretically possible if an HIV-positive man ejaculates in his partners mouth during oral sex.
  • Being bitten by a person with HIV (There is no risk if the skin is not broken).
  • Contacts between broken skins, wounds.
  • Deep open-mouth kissing if the one with HIV has bleeding gums.
  • Eating food that has been pre-chewed by a person with HIV as long as infected blood mixes with food.

 

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Stages of HIV:

The symptoms of HIV depends on what stage you are in and it varies from person to person. Please remember that not everybody will experience these symptoms and the only way to make sure if you have HIV is to get tested and do it regularly in every 3 months. HIV is examined in 3 different stages:

  1. Early Stage of HIV
  2. Clinical Latency Stage
  3. AIDS

1. Early Stage of HIV:

Don’t assume that you have HIV just after seeing these symptoms cause each of them can be caused by other illnesses. If you think that you get infected, get an HIV test but bear in mind, there are many HIV test available so let your doctor know that you think that you are in Early Stage of HIV so that proper test can be applied. Symptoms of Early Stage of HIV may be experienced within 2-4 weeks after infection.

  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Mouth ulcers

2. Clinical Latency Stage (a.k.a. Chronic HIV Infection):

HIV is active but reproduces at very low levels in this stage. No symptoms may be seen in people with Chronic HIV Infection but they can transmit HIV to other people.

3. AIDS

HIV will destroy your body eventually if you have the virus and you are not on ART which is a medicine used to treat HIV, stands for antiretroviral therapy. Symptoms of Aids are:

  • Extreme and unexplained tiredness.
  • Rapid weight loss.
  • Sores of the mouth, anus or genitals.
  • Memory loss, depression and other neurologic disorders.
  • Prolonged swelling of the lymph glands.
  • Red, brown, pink or purplish blotches or on under the skin.

Lower Your Risk of Getting Through Sexual Contact By:

  • Using condoms consistently and correctly.
  • Getting tested and treated for other STDs.
  • Encouraging HIV-positive partner(s) to get and stay on HIV treatment.
  • Choosing less risky sexual behaviour.

I am not gonna say that “Hey mate, it is impossible to get infected with HIV, I have a friend having sex without using a condom with someone who is HIV-positive but he did not get infected” or “The risk is the same in both anal and oral sex, don’t do it!” Do it, but do it in the way it should be. Get well informed, use condom, get tested regularly, know that it is not the end if you get infected but also know that you will not get infected if you act responsibly. You know what you need to know about HIV now, you got tested several times and they are all negative but, still, you are pretty sure that you got infected with HIV and you have all the symptoms of it. Then all I can say is that you need to see a psychiatrist immediately because it seems like not HIV but OCD. Stop acting like a lunatic, don’t make this world a hell for yourself and for the ones who are around you. There is always a solution for everything. “You are on Earth. There is no cure for that.” ( S. Beckett) So, enjoy your life, visit one of our stores and spice your sexual life up with the safest way. We have many toys and at least one of them will certainly meet your needs.

 

About the Author:  Goki is a consultant at Oh Zone, Sydney.
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