Dildo 101: The Basics You Need to Know Before Strap-On Training Begins 

The offerings of dildos these days are a land of plenty. There are as many sizes, shapes, and colors as one can possibly imagine. Whether you want realistic or non-realistic, soft and pliable or firm, flesh-colored or one of the colors of the rainbow, short and thin or long and girthy, the dildo world is your oyster, and, if you can dream up a dildo, you can essentially have it! Within this dildo diatribe, we will review the basics in dildo selections and care. 

Let us begin our dildo briefing on reviewing some of the factors you should consider upon commencing your quest in search of the perfect dildo. While some dildos are shaped like a replica of an actual penis, there are also dildos available that defy the traditional penis shape. Think, research, and decide first if there is a particular shape you have in mind. You will also immediately find in your dildo browsing that the sizes you can get –combinations of both length and girth- are endless, and you should choose dimensions based on that with which you realistically think you can begin comfortably. You will also need to decide if you will be more comfortable with a dildo that is softer and more pliable or you prefer to select one with more firmness. These are all important factors that you should consider when planning to obtain your new, faux penis toy. 

Now, let’s take a look at some of the basic types of dildos. As I have previously mentioned, there are realistic dildos, which are modeled after the same of an actual penis, and then there are those dildos that are made with variations –altered shapes, ridges, bumps, extra smoothness, etc.- that make them unlike an actual penile replica. Some dildos include not only the insertable, penis-like extension, but also have partial or full balls included at the base. Also, regarding the dildo bases, some are smooth and blunt, some have suction cups (which can be used as a stand-alone or suited to use with a harness), and some are made with bases that specifically accommodate Vac-U-Lock harnesses. As there are a plethora of single-headed dildos, there is also the option of double-headed dildos, some of which are fashioned with extra flexibility and the specific intention of solo use and there are others designed with the use by two partners simultaneously in mind. For those of you wish to incorporate strap-on play into your dildo fun, there are harnesses made for attachment of the dildo to various parts of the body, including the waist for genital area extension, the thigh, and the chin, depending on where you desire dildo placement according to your purposes. With regard to dildo firmness and flexibility, you have options ranging those materials that are generally soft and pliable (such as jelly, silicone, and Cyberskin) to those which vary in firmness (such as vinyl and some jelly dildos), depending upon the particular grade of the material used . You should also take into account the durability, longevity, availability in sizes and shapes, and cost factors when making your final decision. 

In determining the best size with which to begin, use the “finger test.” While your own individual finger size should be taken into consideration, you can go by a “general” assumptive rules of diameters that (1) your pinkie and ring fingers held together are roughly 1-1/4” wide, (2) your index and middle fingers together are approximately 1-1/2” in diameter, (3) your pinkie, ring, and middle fingers held side-by-side are about 2” across, and (4) your index, ring, and middle fingers together are in the neighborhood of 2-1/4” wide. Again, remember that this is simply a basic guideline and exact diameters will depend on your own fingers, so always take this into account. Using this guideline, experiment with using different combinations of your fingers in order to see what feels most comfortable and stimulating.  

Keep in mind that, when it comes to you dildo and the material from which it was made, lubes are not all created equally nor are all lubes friendly to every dildo. Water-based lubes are safe for use with all dildos, while you should exercise caution when using silicone-base lubes as they will gradually degrade silicone dildos. As a rule of thumb, be sure you take care to be aware of the base of your lube before using them with silicone dildos, and, should you prefer and opt to use the superior, silicone-based lubes with your silicone dildo, simply know that the life span of that dildo will be shortened. You may find the trade off well worth the need to replace your dildo a bit sooner. 

In concluding our Dildo 101 summary, it is essential to point out that you exercise excellent hygiene habit and keep your dildos clean, both prior to and immediately after use. Before you use your dildo, clean it thoroughly with preferably a cleaner made just for sex toys. Even if you do not have a cleaner made specifically for dildos or other sex toys, you always have soap and hot water. This same rule applies to disinfecting your dildo after playtime. Remember, this is a toy that is being used the inside of your body, and you want to ensure that it is clean and free of any bacteria that you really don’t want introduced in such a sensitive area. 

Now that you have the basics upon which to base your dildo-buying decision, it’s time to start browsing, make your selection, and let the fun begin… 

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