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Male sex toys are booming. According to a new study by online sex toy retailer Lovehoney, interest in male masturbation toys doubled over the first quarter of 2021 and continues to climb. This is despite the stigma surrounding men using toys. Historically, when a straight man uses a Fleshlight or a cock ring, it’s met with some icky comments like, “That’s sad,” or, “I hope he gets help.” But with celebrities like Abbie Chatfield and Lily Allen giving toys a boost in popularity, and companies like LELO pushing for customization, the male masturbation scene is growing up.
A good male sex toy should have multiple sensations and functions. The Tenuto is a prime example, designed to stimulate the shaft, perineum, and clitoris (or G-spot) all at once, plus its stretchy design accommodates all sizes. Another innovative toy is the Ohnut, a silicone plug with soft flexible rings that can be added or removed depending on your size. It feels great alone or with a partner and is compatible with your favorite lube.
The Flip Zero also packs in a lot of sensations. This stroker is half the size of a Fleshlight and has a canal molded to be smooth on one side and ridged on the other. The sleeve itself is made of Cyberskin, a ribbed material that’s super soft and easy to clean.
Some toys, like the penis vibrator or cock ring, are designed to be massaged or rubbed up against for pleasure, while others, like the stroker and the lip licker, can be used to simulate oral sex. Other sex toys, like the prostate massager and the scrotum tamer, are meant to be used for more serious purposes, such as enhancing sexual performance or treating conditions like Erectile Dysfunction or Genital Arousal Disorder.
While the use of sex toys for male masturbation is not a medical condition, it can be helpful for some people, especially those with certain conditions like erectile dysfunction or genital arousal disorders, and those experiencing sexual side effects due to medications or age-related conditions. For this reason, the sex industry is working hard to innovate even further to expand the range of options for male masturbators.
As with anything, it’s important to find a male masturbation toy that works for you. If you’re unsure what type of toy will suit you, talk to your sex specialist or sex therapist, and be sure the toy is made from body-safe materials, like glass or stainless steel, that won’t harbor bacteria and viruses. But, as the saying goes, all that matters is what makes you feel good. So go ahead, pick up a couple of sex toys, slather on some lube, and enjoy the ride!