A Lovehoney survey of people in the UK, US, and Australia found that two thirds thought sex was important for happiness, and almost half said masturbation was important for their mental health.
Sexologist Chantelle Otten said that sex forms a fundamental part of most people’s identities.
“Our sexuality is the foundation for how we connect with others,” she said.
“It’s how some show love and affection.
“Yet, there is no ‘normal’ sex, no normal amount or position or attraction.
“Sexuality is fluid… we can be whoever we like in the bedroom.”
Otten said that learning about sex is lifelong, with pleasure the most important part of sexual health and expanding the “sexual repertoire” a crucial part of growth.
“To truly be having a healthy and fulfilling sex life with our partners, there needs to be pleasure and intimacy,” she said.
“Pleasure can bring connection and vitality to our sexual relationships.”
Online adult shops allow access to a plethora of bedroom toys and accessories for all kinds of people, including those who might not have a local shop or be comfortable visiting one.
Lovehoney has just about every kind of toy you can think of and some you might not have – from vibrators and dildos to sleeves, rings, plugs, and beyond.
The Womanizer is a clitoral stimulator that uses Pleasure Air Technology to simulate oral sex.
It’s perfect for use alone or with a partner, and despite the name, for most people with vulvas – with differently sized replacement heads available, it will even suit most trans men.
A counterpart for cis men and others with outies, the Hot Shot Masturbator is very well reviewed, with users calling it “intense” and “astonishing”.
The Desire Luxury Prostate Vibrator is available with either a remote control or app control, allowing a partner to control the device no matter where they are, for fun together or long-distance.
Lovehoney has a massive range of other products to suit almost all tastes, backed up by customer experience that’s second to none, from a student discount to 24-hour support.
For the month of February, Lovehoney is offering $20 off orders of $100 or more.
Emporium is an ultra-chic modern hotel with beautiful, spacious suites and staff dedicated to ensuring your luxurious stay is memorable.
Three different packages are available this month, each featuring an exclusive romantic turndown service – picture returning to your suite after dinner to discover the room and bed decorated with beautiful real rose petals, and a sensual Fifty Shades of Grey gift pack (worth $150) for getting up to some naughty fun.
The Couple’s Escape (from $499) includes one night’s accommodation with a bottle of champagne on arrival.
The Romantic Indulgence package (from $649) includes one night with rooftop sunset cocktails, a five-course tasting menu at the sumptuous Signature Restaurant, breakfast, and late checkout.
For a truly unforgettable experience, the Ultimate Proposal package (from a casual $10,250) features two nights in a luxury suite, cocktails, a seven-course menu with paired wines, breakfast, and late checkout – as well as airport transfers in a Maserati for a private helicopter flight to Byron Bay, where you’ll enjoy a romantic picnic with champagne.
Jesse was a guest of Lovehoney at Emporium Hotel at South Bank.