The Surprising Benefits of Sex Toys
November 4 is National Sex Toy Day—a day we give thanks for the many gadgets and gizmos that bring us so much pleasure. But according to science, sex toys offer more than just getting your rocks off. takes a deeper look into some of the unexpected benefits of sex toys, whether you use them alone or with a partner.

The Physical Health Benefits of Sex Toys

That’s right, using sex toys can be good for your health. Although it might not be something you hear at the doctor’s office very often—admittedly, it would be a little weird if your doctor reminded you to eat right, exercise, and use your dildo on a regular basis—sex toys can have some surprising physical health benefits.

Treatment for Sexual Dysfunction

Perhaps not so surprisingly, sex toys may be able to help treat a myriad of sexual health conditions. For women with vaginismus, for example—an extremely painful condition in which the vaginal muscles instinctively tighten in response to penetration—dilator kits can help them slowly and safely work their way up to pain-free and even pleasurable penetration. Vibrators may also help women with low libido, decreased sexual sensation, or difficulty achieving orgasm.

Men, too, can reap the sexual health benefits of sex toys. In fact, penis pumps are the only drug-free FDA-approved treatment for erectile dysfunction, a common symptom resulting from other kinds of health conditions. Cock rings can also help with issues like premature ejaculation.

Better Sleep

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Those who struggle with insomnia or poor sleep quality may find that an orgasm before bed makes all the difference. Studies show this is because your brain releases oxytocin, a feel-good chemical that promotes a sense of well-being and also counteracts the effects of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress. So whether you’re getting it on with your partner or going solo, you can consider breaking out your sex toy collection before bed an act of self-care.

Pain Relief

Don’t throw away your Tylenol just yet, but research and anecdotal evidence suggests that having an orgasm can act as a natural pain reliever. Granted, you may not be in the mood when you've got a splitting migraine or menstrual cramps from hell. 

That being said, masturbation—particularly with the help of sex toys—is a practical way for many to reduce and cope with pain that doesn’t respond well to other treatments. Not only can the rush of oxytocin mitigate pain, but an orgasm can activate the part of the brain that sends serotonin and norepinephrine into the spinal cord to temporarily inhibit pain signals.

The Mental Health Benefits of Sex Toys

In addition to the many physical health benefits of sex toys, incorporating them into your sex life can also have a positive impact on your psyche—from strengthening your relationship to improving your confidence. 

Better Communication With Your Partner

Poor communication in or out of the bedroom can wreak havoc on your relationship. The idea behind sex toys is to maximize your sexual satisfaction, so bringing them into the bedroom can open up a dialogue between you and your partner about what turns you on and how you like to be touched. Understanding each other’s desires and pleasure points can make sex more satisfying and deepen your relationship. 

Improved Body Confidence

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Connecting with yourself is just as important as communicating with a partner. Getting a better feel for what you like, including exploring different erogenous zones and types of stimulation, can actually increase your overall body confidence. 

Allowing yourself the time and space to explore your own sexuality—kinks and all— is a mindful way to honor your body and ultimately improve your self esteem.

Stress and Anxiety Relief

Chronic stress and anxiety is common and can contribute to a variety of other mental health conditions. And although sexual pleasure may not be your first line of defense in maintaining your mental health, it can help manage symptoms of stress and anxiety. In addition to reducing cortisol, orgasms can temporarily increase dopamine and endorphins in the brain, which can help you feel calm and relaxed. 

If you’re feeling particularly stressed, invest in a high quality massager. Use on your own or with a partner to help ease tension, relax your sore muscles, and get in the mood for something even more sensual. Listen to your body and do what feels good to you!

Fascinations Is Your One-Stop For Sex Toys

With the largest selection of quality products in the industry and more than 30 years as a leading retailer of sensual products, rest assured you’ll always find what you’re looking for at From male masturbators to wands, you’re sure to find the best sex toys that check all your boxes.

We’re proud to offer free shipping on all orders over $69 and will always ship your items discreetly. See our refund policy for details about returns and exchanges. 

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