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Aw yes, vibrators, a great life companion. Vibrators are good for helping you explore different levels of pleasure in your body without the assistance of a partner. They help you to learn your own hot spots and give you complete autonomy over your sexual arousal.

But like any other tool in your home, you have to maintain it and keep it up to ensure its longevity and orgasm-giving potential. In order to keep it going time after time, you have to keep it clean.

According to Lisa Finn,sex educator at the sex toy boutique Babeland, not all vibrators are created equal. So you need to decide how to clean it based on the material it’s made out of, and whether it has batteries or not. Peep that guide here.

Getting lazy and not cleaning them can breed some nasty bacteria all up in your private parts. Avoid the UTIs and BV and just wash your buzzing friend off.

Aside from cleanliness, we sometimes emphasize the Big O so much when it comes to dildos that we forget that just feeling good can be a great reason to pull your vibrator out of the drawer.

“Sex toys don’t have to be used just for orgasm,” Lexx Brown-James, L.M.F.T., certified sex educator and the founder of The Institute for Sexuality and Intimacy in St. Louis, told SELF. “You can use them to have some feel-good feelings and to enjoy the pleasure of sexual play without it being just a means to have to an orgasm.”

The other misconception we have about our sex toys is that we have to always use them solo. Not true. As a matter of fact, having your partner involved in vibrator play can take your sex life to a whole new level. So there’s no shame in asking your partner to try something new.

“Many, many [cis] women are not able to have an orgasm unless they use a vibrator,” Lauren Streicher, M.D., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told SELF.

“Sex toys can be like delicious toppings [on] an already really good scoop of ice cream,”  Finn continues. “Yes, ice cream is delicious by itself, but today I want some with chocolate and a cherry on top just to change it up, to add a little bit of texture and flavor.”

Last but not least, don’t forget the lube. Everything is sexier and feels better when its slippery.

 

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