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Q&A: The Joys of Toys

October 22, 2013
The CSPH

hambeachEach week, The CSPH answers questions asked on our site and through social media outlets like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. This week we address several short questions related to sex toys and pleasure enhancement:

I’m a gender fluid female and my sexual identity is very strongly male. I want to experiment with strap ons, but is there a strap on that can simulate ejaculation? I know about STPs but obviously I don’t want to pee, I want some sort of synthetic material I could use to ejaculate into my partner?

Most ejaculating dildos function one of two ways: either using an external pump and tube system that is fed through the shaft of the dildo, or an internal reservoir in the synthetic scrotum. The dildo can be easily filled with fluid, which you can then use to create a hot and wet ejaculation experience. Liquid lovin’ can be made from milk, diluted yogurt, flour mixed with water, or a water-based lubricant. Avoid sugar or high fructose corn syrup since those are basic ingredients for a yeast infection. Plain yogurt may be a preferable option because it contains a pH level similar to the vagina, though y

ou’ll need to ensure that the solution is not too thick or you may block and damage the ejaculation tubes.

Another important consideration is that most squirting dildos on the market tend to be made of cheaper, porous materials such as PVC “jelly” and thermoplastic rubber, rather than medical grade silicone or other body-safe options. For more information on how to choose happy, non-toxic sex toys, check out our Q&A on vibrators. While Ejaculating Eric, Thick Thomas, and Veiny Victor may be good for some cheap thrills and a short-lived cum explosion, they could be difficult to sterilize and may spread bacteria and other infectious agents.

As an experimental alternative, crafty individuals with access to vinyl tubing, drill bits, and needle-nose pliers can try converting an existing toy into a DIY squirting sensation. Additionally,  Bad Dragon manufactures some brightly colored, fantasy-themed toys that ejaculate or have an optional cumtube.

Is a Hamilton Beach Vibrator that was patented in 1902 with a hard back book called “For Health & Beauty Book” with copyright 1927 worth $$?

Antique vibrators, such as Hamilton Beach, can be viewed on-site at the CSPH in our extensive collection. Recent listings on eBay have valued this model between $30 and $60. Purchasing an old school pleasure tool, however, could be a wise investment for those who yearn for priceless, if obsolete, health wisdom. As an example, the included 300-page users’ manual promotes these “personal massagers” to beautify the complexion, ease sore muscles, and remove “superfluous fat” while guarding against the perils of “overthinness.” Vibrators were even deemed “particularly effective for children, whose little stomachs can’t stand drugs without permanent harm.” Clearly, “you ought to have one in your home..ready to help Nature in time of need.” However, keep in mind that vintage vibes have their limitations, and you may wish to consider a newer model for purposes of stimulation and sterilization.

Are Ben Wa balls for kegel exercises or pleasure?

Ben Wa Balls are magical spheres of body-safe material, such as glass, silicone, or metal, that fit inside the vagina to strengthen the pubococcygeneus (PC) muscles. While they work great for Kegel exercises—the contracting and relaxing of pelvic floor muscles—these Chinese wonderballs could possibly enhance sexual pleasure, too. Some people may experience feelings of arousal while these toys are inside them, due to the pressure and additional sensations gained from the Ben Wa Balls. Degree of enjoyment may depend upon factors such as the size of the balls, the strength of your vaginal muscles, and whether or not you are riding along a bumpy, dirt road. The smut bible, Fifty Shades of Grey, offers a quick preview of your potential satisfaction:

“Inside me! I gasp, and all the muscles deep in my belly clench. My inner goddess is doing the dance of the seven veils … Oh my … It’s a curious feeling. Once they’re inside me, I can’t really feel them—but then again I know they’re there … Oh my … I may have to keep these. They make me needy, needy for sex.”

For more accurate, objective information about these erotic aides, you may wish to consult our previous Q&A, “What is the Sexual Use of the Kegel Muscle.”

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