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Sexual Enhancements (Or Ways to Get Your Freak On!)

Hi folks!  This is a recently published article I wrote for Doc Johnson.  Below is the unedited version.

Do not worry, we will continue with Female Masturbation on Friday!

When we speak of sexual enhancements, many people automatically think about pills.  Indeed, popping pills seems to have become an essential part of the sexual experience.  Originally designed for men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), herbal substitutes have proliferated at an amazing pace.  However caution must be used before taking any of these supplements.  As many of you have seen or heard, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been watching this category very carefully and has been analyzing samples.  Many have been found to have actual ED drugs or their analogues in them! When those drugs are found, the product must be pulled off the market immediately and as much of it recalled as possible.  This can be very dangerous to your health, so please consult your doctor if you are under medical observation or taking any other medications for your specific condition.   If you are in good health, well, enjoy, but please buy your pills from a reputable vendor.

By the way, the same goes for energy drinks and shots.  Watch that caffeine intake people.  And when you do research that special blend of herbs and spices, be sure you read credible  information.  While there are many websites out there, not all offer scientifically sound and unbiased research.  Stick with sites that end with “.edu” or use www.pubmed.org or my new  favorite http://scholar.google.com.  Yes you may have to look up a few words, but if I can do it, you can too!  Street knowledge is good, many herbalists really know their stuff, but please back it up with science.

But pills are not the only products used for the enhancement of sexual pleasure.  There are many other potions, lotions and gels which can stimulate and please.

Personal Lubricants: Personal lubricants are a great way to enhance the sexual experience.  Many people had their first experience with these at the doctor’s office.  It was thick, gooey and cold!  The field has advanced quite a bit since then.  Now there are lubes with many different consistencies, sensory actions and flavors.  There are different types of lubricants as well.

Silicone lubricants are known for their long-lasting action, even underwater.  They can be difficult to wash off, but probably won’t stain most fabrics.

Water-based lubricants can be fun.  You can get them thick, thin or anywhere in-between. They can also heat, cool or tingle!  Water-based lubricants are great for flavoring.  And while you can find lubes with exotic tastes like black currant or kiwi-goji berry, most people love strawberry and cherry the best.  There is a great variety out there with something for everyone.  Of course, the downside of water-based lubes is that they can dry out and you may need to reapply or add water to get it going again.

Oil-Based lubes or cream lubricants are still popular as well, perhaps not as popular as water-based or silicone, but are still available.  Of course the downside is that oil weakens latex, so please do not use these lubes with condoms!

There are two more classes of sexual enhancement products to discuss; Anatomy-specific and OTC drugs.

The main OTC (Over the Counter) drug is the male genital desensitizer.  The active ingredient is either Benzocaine in a cream, ointment or gel base or Lidocaine in a spray.  These are  applied to the head of the penis, desensitizing it to prevent premature ejaculation.  So by lengthening the time spent during intercourse, the greater the enhancement of pleasure.  In case you wondering how short is too short, the answer is that if bothers you or your partner, then you should give them a try.

Anatomy specific products are just that, designed for a specific part of the body.  These include clitoral stimulation products, nipple products, vaginal tighteners, even deodorants.  Their purpose is to make you more excitable and ready to play.  In fact, that is the goal of all sexual enhancement products, to help you and your partner enjoy sexual encounters even more.

While we would be happy to sell you all of the products listed above and more, the best sexual enhancement we have found is an attentive giving partner who values your pleasure as much as theirs.  And that is priceless.

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Let’s Talk Phthalates – Part One

Phthalates.  What a word.  It looks wierd, scary, spelled funny and is hard to pronounce.  No wonder people hate/fear it.  Well, that and all of the media/groups telling you that phthalates are bad, will cause cancer and make you overdraw your bank account.

What are phthalates?  Phthalates are a class of chemical compounds that are used most often to soften plastics, to make them more malleable.  They are colorless, odorless and used in just about everything you can imagine.  From your shoes to your picnicware to your soft sex toys.

Why does the industry use them?  They are inexpensive, improve efficiency and output of materials.  And given today’s prices I think we can agree that those are certainly items for the plus column.

Can they be replaced?  Certainly!  But the costs will rise at the plant and in the store.  By a significant margin too!

How many types are there?  A lot, but less than 100 are typically used. 

Why aren’t phthalates banned?  Some are!  For example, Proposition 65 in the State of California, USA bans the use of DEHP, DBP, DnHP and DIDP.  In Europe there is also a ban in place despite the many studies that show specific phthalates are quite safe.

Which phthalates?  DINP is the most popular for use in toys (for children and adults!) and has a ten year study done in Europe showing no harmful effects at all to human health or the environment.  Amazing!  It has been given a clean bill of health by the EU, the USA and I believe Japan.

So why the ban?  Sadly, it appears to be mostly political.  Have you ever had a co-worker, significant other or friend who whines and complains morning, noon and night?  And even though what they want is insignificant, you give in to their requests rather than keep listening to them?  Yep.  It’s just like that.  Only more dangerous.  These folks never go away.  They taste the power of making you bend to their will and suddenly they come up with more demands.  Some of these groups are trying to regulate every part of your life without giving you the common respect to review the situation.  While we are at it, let’s talk about “chemicals.”

What is a chemical?  Everything.  Water is a chemical.  Oxygen is a chemical.  Petroleum Oil is a chemical. Carrots are made of 100% chemicals.  People are made of chemicals.  You see there are these things called elements.  Elements are the building blocks and are made from atoms.  Everything in our known universe is made up of combinations of these elements which are called molecules.  These molecules make up everything.  As any schoolchild of a certain age can tell you, water is H2O, two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.  Carrots are a bit more complicated.  And don’t get me started on coffeee!  That has over two hundred chemical constituents.

So, phthalates.  Friend or Foe?  I learn towards Friend.  It’s use in adult toys helps make us happy and it’s use in cosmetics (perfume and nail polish) help make us look good.  The safety record is nothing short of amazing.  And no, there is no proof that phthalates are endocrine disrupters.