Sexual Health

Ask a Therapist: Desire Discrepancy Q&A with Casey Tanner

What are things you can do to increase sexual desire with a partner To begin, it’s helpful to understand what kind of desire you and your partner have. There are at least two kinds of desire that we know of: spontaneous desire and responsive desire. Those with spontaneous desire might have the experience of feeling…

Play Safe: Here’s Why High Quality Sex Toys are Way Better for Your Health!

While there are too many different sex toys out there to count, you’ll really notice the difference when you decide to prioritise high quality sex toys.  Sure, you could buy a super affordable pleasure product you’ve spotted. And sure, it’ll probably bring you all kinds of sexy sensations. But once you decide to invest in…

LELO x Dr. Zhana: Self-Love Q&A

For our December Q&A with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova, we’re talking about Self-Love. What are the benefits of self-love? Self-love, more broadly, is about taking care of ourselves and appreciating ourselves. Very often, we use that term to talk about masturbation and self-pleasure, which are such important parts of our lives and come with a lot…

The Link Between Endometriosis & Painful Sex, and How to Ease Discomfort

Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and you’re living with some the dreaded effects, aka painful sex. Or maybe you’ve yet to visit your healthcare provider, but are having some difficulty during intimacy, creating some anxiety and discomfort.  Unfortunately, there are many women who have endometriosis, and may not even know it. If you identify…

Ask a Therapist: Sex, Masturbation & Mental Health

Enjoy our Q&A with sex therapist, Casey Tanner. How can sex help our mental health? There is so much evidence that sex, masturbation, and orgasm can all have amazing benefits on your health and mental health. This is mainly because the same system that is responsible for sex and arousal is also connected to the…

Wild Sex Fantasies From Everyday People

Do you have a vivid imagination? Or in the words of the great Rihanna “Wild, wild thoughts”? You’re not alone. Sexual fantasies are completely normal. They’re the merging of the subconscious world of desire, your libido, and your imagination.  You may have sexual fantasies that you have no intention of ever bringing to fruition, but…

LELO Podcast: Safety First, Beginners Guide To Sex Toys

In this week’s episode of the Volonté pleasure podcast, we are joined by a professor of psychology and licensed sex therapist, Dr. Laurie Mintz.  We all know that pleasure can take many different forms. However, we’ll be focusing on self-pleasure in this episode. Many people have an aversion to using sex toys, resulting from a…

No Safety, No Pleasure: A Beginner’s Guide To Sex Toys That Won’t Scar You For Life

We already know that pleasure comes in all kinds of different forms. We also know that there is a sweet little thing called self-pleasure time; it can, and if you ask us, should include a special intensifier. Still, some have a particular aversion to using sex toys, perhaps a previous bad experience, a lack of…

Stop Hating on Vanilla Sex

Isn’t it ironic how we live in a society that worked on its sex positivity by replacing it with “vanilla-shaming”? Kink-shaming is finally out of style and frowned upon. However, it appears vanilla-shaming has taken its place. After decades of feminists campaigning for equal rights for women, fictional characters such as Anastasia Grey (50 Shades…

Polishing Your Skills: Methods of Female Masturbation

This article was scientifically fact-checked by Human Sexuality expert Dr. Laurie Mintz. After our article focusing on methods for masturbation involving a penis, we received a lot of feedback asking how to masturbate and about female masturbation in general. It’s great to explore what that “feel good” sensation solo, but sharing our tips can help…

Beating Porn “Addiction”: How to Connect with Your Imagination for Mind-blowing Sexual Experiences

“Am I addicted to porn?” I Googled one evening as the masturbation session came to an end for the fourth time that day. The first thing that popped up of considerable interest was a study by the American Psychological Association (APA) stating that pornography addiction is not recognised or considered a mental health problem or…

The Best Pregnancy Sex Positions You Need To Try

It’s fairly normal for women to feel extremely horny during certain parts of their pregnancy. Of course, with changing body comes challenges that might deter couples from enjoying sex the same way they did before pregnancy.  But pregnancy sex can be great, and today we have even six best pregnancy sex positions that offer a…

Does SONA 2 Really Work? A Clinical Study by the University of Almería

The clinical trial was conducted by the University of Almería Center for Neuropsychological Evaluation and Rehabilitation (CERNEP) in correspondence with the bioethics committee.  The device used was the SONA 2 clitoral massager by LELO, which uses patented SenSonic technology to stimulate more of the clitoris in comparison with traditional vibrators. Background Information Female pleasure has…

The World of Smart Sperm

Growing technical advances and societal views have made it possible for many people to reproduce, who might not have been able to otherwise. Although there are certainly financial barriers that keep people from accessing reproductive technologies like in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI), it certainly does level the playing field a bit. With more…

Ask a Doctor: Gender & Sexual Expansiveness

Enjoy our interview with certified sex therapist, Casey Tanner, who discusses readers’ questions about gender and sexual expansiveness. Q: Where can I find queer-positive, LGBTQ+ porn? It is certainly more difficult to find queer porn that doesn’t feel tokenizing or made for the male gaze. I find that the best, most ethical queer porn—or really…

What’s Wrong with The Term “Same-Sex Couples”?

As we as a society start to have a broadened understanding of gender identity and inclusivity, we’re noticing the ways our language can exclude or even harm certain people.  Up until recently, the term “same-sex couple” was considered the default to refer to any romantic and/or sexual dynamic that isn’t heterosexual. Same-sex is taken from…

What is Outercourse?

Content Warning: This Article Discusses Sexual Trauma and Abuse. Please read with caution if this is a triggering topic for you.   If you’re reading this, chances are you’re more than familiar with the term “intercourse”. Maybe it even gives you cringey flashbacks to conversations with your parents, healthcare provider, or sex-ed teacher. Based on…

Aftercare for Vanilla Sex: Why It’s Important and How To Do It Right

Anyone who had dabbled in some BDSM play knows the term “aftercare” well. It’s always repeated over and over again whenever you’re looking for tips on how to start with BDSM. Somehow, people often think that aftercare after vanilla sex, when no whips and chains were involved, is not needed. Like, if you’re having sex…

The Porn Star Experience (PSE): The Ultimate Fantasy Come to Life?

Just like a romantic movie in which someone chases another through the airport, sweeps them off their feet and they live happily ever after, the porn star experience is oddly similar… although on opposite ends of the spectrum. You see, the PSE has been called “the porn star experience” for a reason… it’s something you…

Everything You Need to Know About Gender, Sexuality and PRIDE—Dr. Zhana Q&A

Hi everyone, it’s Dr. Zhana! It’s time to answer your questions about sexual orientation and LGBTQ-related topics for Pride Month. I got some really good questions and I’m really excited to answer them. Q: I know gender is not binary, but is sex binary? All right, let’s start with the basics. Gender is more about…

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Precum 101: The Ultimate Guide to Pre-Ejaculate and Everything You Need To Know About It

Precum or pre-ejaculate is a fluid that comes out of a penis when the penis owner becomes aroused. It can show up at any time during foreplay or during masturbation, and some people notice it, while others don’t.  It’s a very natural part of penis-owner anatomy, but there is still a lot of misconception about…

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