We're freewheeling it down to the hottest summer months here, and though the sun may not be particularly forthcoming, the heat certainly is.
But with the nights as humid as they have been lately, it's not always that easy to get in the mood come bedtime.
If you're anything like me, the evenings are more an experimentation to see which combination of arms and legs flung outside the duvet keeps you coolest, rather than which combination of entwined limbs is most erotic.
Luckily, though, there are ways to raise the raunch factor without raising the temperature. We've put together a hand-selected collection of summer-friendly toys, lingerie, and bondage gear to keep you looking and feeling your sexiest through the summer months.
So whether you're getting steamy in Southampton, sizzling in Swansea, or fiery in Fife, just read on to see our sultry summer treats.
For most of us, regardless of gender, trying to have more than one orgasm is about as easy as finding the motivation to start work for tomorrow’s deadline. Much like academic motivation, it’s something we all dream about but doubt we can ever experience.
I used to think that multiple orgasms (especially for women) were a bit of a myth. And to be honest, I thought it was just something they showed in porn films to make the action last longer.
However, I am (very) pleased to say that I was wrong: they are not a myth! Regardless of your gender, there are a variety of different techniques, toys and positions you can try to achieve that ‘ooh’ feeling more than once.
Tried and tested by myself, keep reading for my top tips on having that big finish again and again.
It’s a comedic trope that we’ve all seen before – the fake orgasm.
Some argue that Meg Ryan’s infamous diner scene in “When Harry Met Sally” takes the cake, but my personal favourite has to be when Elaine comes clean about her orgasms in “Seinfeld”.
The fake orgasm is a simple gag that gets an easy laugh from a television audience. The reality is that the motivating factors for faking an orgasm are far more complex.
So what counts as a fake orgasm? Why do people do it? And how, once you've started, do you stop doing it?
Well, the answers may not be what you would expect...
Whether you prefer vanilla sex, or something a little more daring, there is always room for a bit more experimentation.
Of course it's great to know what you like and dislike, but far too many people fall into the trap of finding a routine that works for them and never mixing it up.
Some of the best sexual experiences you will ever have will be as a result of being bold and trying new things.
The thought of something going disastrously wrong may be off-putting at first, but if you and your partner share a positive attitude then you both stand to have a great time.
With that in mind, here is our list of 3 fab kinks and why you need to try them.
If you had asked me how many different types of orgasms there were when I was 19, I probably would have said “…there are different types?”.
Sadly, like many young women, the only type of orgasm I knew about back then was the kind I was habitually faking.
But then I bought my first sex toy, and started being more vocal about what I needed in bed, and, because of this, I’ve learnt that there are at least 12 distinct types of orgasms that women can have.
I’ve not had all of them yet, mind you. But to paraphrase my good friend 50 Cent, this year my plan is to get off or die trying.
If you, too, are curious about this kind of 'Dirty Dozen', then just keep reading to find out what they are, and how you can have them.
For many of us, D.I.Y. is a term more often associated with tedious weekend trips to the hardware than something a lot more pleasurable.
However, 'doing it yourself' shouldn't just be reserved for trying to whip up a shelf.
During the middle of any stressful period, I can't be the only who could do with a bit of help trying to relax after those long days, and unfortunately, giving up some of our precious time to have some fun with somebody else just isn't a priority.
However, that doesn't mean that we can't find some of that sexual happiness by ourselves.
If, like me, you'd benefit from a low-maintenance helping hand to put a smile on your face, have a look at four fabulous toys that are fit for the job.
New Year's Resolutions are, for many, a distant memory. But for many (myself included) losing weight and toning up was high up on my list.
However, for a number of reasons, maybe it hasn't happened, and you're still not feeling as sexy as you wish you could in the bedroom.
I like to think I'm a very body-positive person, and I genuinely believe in beauty at any size, but when it comes to my own body, I really struggle to put my beliefs into practice.
But, really, body confidence comes from accepting your body exactly as it is, rather than trying to make it into what you think everyone else wants it to be.
So, if you're looking for a boost to your sex appeal and sensuality, we've got some easy tips for you that can help you love your body, and everything it does for you.
You could say that foreplay is underrated.
When it comes to sex scenes on television, there's hardly ever any foreplay (I'm looking at you, Game of Thrones).
And if you're looking to porn for foreplay tips, you're outta luck, my friend. Zero, zip, zilch, nada.
Even when talking about sex, foreplay seems to be missed out of the nitty gritty details.
This is strange as, for many, foreplay is the best part of sex; having somebody bring you right to the edge of climax, and then go all-out for the grand finale.
So, for those of you looking to explore the art of tease and up your arousal game, here are our top picks of the best toys for mind-blowing foreplay.
As someone who has owned and used sex toys for the majority of their sexually active years, I am a huge advocate of all types of toy and see no problem in possessing and enjoying them.
With such a large range on the market, there truly is a toy out there for everyone.
That being said, as the title of this article suggests, I am here to shout loud and proud about the fabulousness that is:
The realistic dildo.
Although many people would consider this a toy box staple, there are many others who are yet to be convinced.
Why does it have to look so realistic? Surely if it doesn't vibrate, it's not worth it? Why does it have balls?
Well, I'm here to enlighten you as to why these toys deserve a place in everyone's bedside drawer.
Many couples talk about the idea of a threesome and whether they would enjoy it or not, but sitting down and saying, "Shall we do this?" is a different game altogether.
My boyfriend and I ended up having this conversation after our first threesome (which we didn't plan for, but it just sort of…happened).
A few months later we met our girlfriend and since then we've had a lot of fun experimenting with new positions and techniques, as well as the inevitable, "Whose turn is it to make coffee?" in the morning.
So, with this in mind, here's the beginner's guide to everything you need to know about threesomes, from how bring them up with your partner, to what you must do to ensure you have the best time possible, to which positions and techniques work best.