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Nearly 25 percent of Americans 18 years and up use sex toys several times a week, according to Five percent reported using a sex toy occasionally. Women are the most active users and owners of sex toys with seven out of 10 women 18 years of age and up reporting owning a sex toy and nearly 25 percent of those having spent around $100 in a year on the product.

Sex toys — good ones at least — can cost a pretty penny. If they do what they need to do, many would argue they’re worth every cent. However, if you don’t properly care for or know how to utilize your sex toys, you might find yourself having to replace them often or simply wondering what all the hype is about because it isn’t working for you. Since sex toys might be something you aren’t eager to stick around and discuss the proper care of with a sales associate, we cover common sex toy mistakes here.

Learning as you go

If you want to learn how to use a spiralizer for the first time while you’re already making a salad, fine. Not much is at stake. But don’t try out your sex toy for the very first time while you’re already in the middle of the action with a partner—or even yourself. But definitely not with a partner. You’d be surprised to find some aren’t as easy to operate as you think and you don’t want to have to pull out the instruction manual just when things are getting hot and heavy. Or when you were *this* close to having an orgasm.

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