The range of sex toys is surprising. Adult sex toys change from purely male or purely female sex toys to toys that can be used by both sexes. There are also some sex toys that may also be classified as sex aids or marital aids.
The Purpose Of Adult sex toys
Some adult sex toys aid the man's erection, stimulate the female genitals to get more sensitive or provide a different feel to 'normal' sex. Other adult sex toys offer an 'environment' for variations in sex, for example so called orgy bedsheets. Sometimes they are utilised to help an individual who has difficulty unaided sex to attain sexual joy. However most adult sex toys provide a new way to directly stimulate the male or female genitals to achieve sexual joy.
Using sex toys can provide new experiences and variation within the sexual performance. It may also provide a fantasy element for enhancing or revitalising rapport.
The usual expectation is the fact that a sex toy provides direct stimulation from the genitals in foreplay and/or during sexual intercourse or as a means to obtain orgasm through just the stimulation provided by the adult toy.
Types of Adult sex toys
Vibrating Adult sex toys
One of the most well known adult sex toys are 'vibrators' which, as the name suggests, provide stimulation from the genitals using vibration. They're mainly used to stimulate the clitoris, but may also be used to stimulate any other part of the female body or what man's.
The easiest of these are pencil or wand shaped (though normally thicker than the usual pencil). They frequently come with an internal battery (or two) which powers a small motor unit. Sometimes battery pack and controller are external and connected to the vibrator by a wire. This motor is fitted having a small, out of balance, weight connected to the shaft. Because this weight rotates it throws the motor and vibrator right into a small circular movement which causes the vibration you are feeling.
Having a vibrator which has a controller, because the power is increased the rate of the motor increases and with it both rate and strength of vibration. Both the strength and rate of vibration effects how stimulating you find the sex toy. The best effect might not be as strong so that as fast as you possibly can. The optimum settings might change as the degree of excitement builds. To get the best results it's worth purchasing a vibrator which is controllable.
Different vibrators will have different characteristics and you may well help you find prefer one combination even more than another and your preference may even vary based on which a part of your body you're stimulating.
Recently electronic vibrator controllers have appeared which offer not just the static control of power/speed but also allow you to select patterns of power pulses and surges. These can be extremely effective.
There are also other vibrating sex toys such as butterfly stimulators and vibrating penis rings.
Other Powered Sex Toys
There are several sex toys that use other ways to supply mechanical stimulation. These usually rely on an electric motor which makes the adult toy continually change its shape which supplies a kind of rotational movement or causes it to be move back and forth. The rear and forth movements are occasionally powered by an aura pump rather than a motor. The movements happen to be accustomed to create, for example, mechanical licking tongues, vibrators that 'penetrate' the vagina and mouth simulators to give a guy a 'blow job'.
On the bigger scale and much more expensive, there are 'sex machines' that contain thrusting and vibrating dildos.
Combination Sex Toys
To date we have covered vibrating, moving and thrusting sex toys. As you may have guessed they are all offered in a bewildering variety of combinations.
A typical combination in many 'Rabbit Style' vibrators is clitoral stimulation using vibrations and vaginal stimulation using movement and sometimes a thrusting motion too.
Many adult sex toys add varying textures to their surfaces; a dildo or vibrator might have ridges or soft spikes or a rippled shape.
Sensation Change Adult sex toys
Some sex toys instead of provide vibrating or moving stimulation, alter the feel of sex.
For example there are a number of sleeves to put over the penis to provide different sensations for partners while involved in penetrative sex.
There are rings that squeeze the base of your penis and/or tighten the scrotum that really help the man's erection and also changes his sensations. There are penis extenders and thickeners which may provide a man's partner greater sensations during penetration.
There are a wide variety of lubricants that can significantly change the feel of sex.
There are PVC and Polyurethane bed sheets which are water and oil proof you can use for slippery or messy sex.
Why Use A Adult toy?
A great question is: why do people use a adult toy? Surely fingers, tongues, penises, clitorises and vaginas etc all provide great sexual stimulation and enjoyment.
Well, apart from therapeutic uses (eg erection assistance), adult sex toys can drive the imagination (being taken by a machine), provide variety (new methods to do old things), vary the stimulating effects in otherwise normal sex (penis sleeves) and a few can offer experiences not possible with 'normal body parts' (particularly vibrating adult sex toys and electro-stimulation).
How to start
If you have not tried a sex toy before and don't yet have an idea of what you might like, try one of the simpler vibrators first. Most likely you will benefit from the experience after which begin to wonder the other delights are available with increased sophisticated vibrators and other adult sex toys.