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Luna Beads PC Exercisers

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Get your PC muscles in shape with Luna Beads!

Luna Beads kegel exerciser
Luna Beads are marketed as an exercise aid for toning your pelvic floor muscles; an alternative to doing kegel exercises, if you will. They're rather like a large set of ben wa balls, with a silicone harness to keep them in position for optimal effect. Optimal exercise effect, that is, because on the grand scale of things to induce sexual excitement, they really didn't do much for me.

Appearance/Construction: Luna Beads come in a downright elegant and sturdy black storage box. There are two pairs of semi-translucent balls, a pink pair and a blue pair, with a white silicone harness. The kit also comes with a classy little drawstring pouch to store your assembled set (perfect if you want to carry them with you). Everything about Luna Beads is definitely high quality, and aesthetically tasteful.

The hollow outer beads are made of PC-ABS plastic, with weighted rubberized balls inside each sphere. They fit, via molded ridges, into the durable silicone harness (awkwardly called a "composition girdle" in the user manual). One ball in each color coded set has a synthetic loop of string (the "retraction leash"), to facilitate removal.

Features & Usage: Each pair of colored ABS beads provide a different level of exercise. The light pink balls are 28 grams each, and the light blue balls are 37 grams apiece. Depending on the current fitness level of your pelvic floor muscles (PC muscles), you can wear one ball in the harness, wear both 28g balls, one of each set, or both 37g balls at once (at which point you can tell people you have blue balls … sorry, couldn't resist that one!).

According to the user manual (and I do suggest reading it … which is a rarity in the relatively self-explanatory world of sex toys) simply inserting one or two balls in the silicone harness, and wearing them for 30 minutes a day will auto-magically exercise your PC muscles the same way diligent kegels will.

Technique: Put simply, insert the assembled bead/harness set, and go on about your business.

The manual recommends starting with one or two of the lighter-weight balls at first, until your muscles get used to them. Personally, I didn't have any trouble wearing both of the heavier balls right from the start, but if you've given birth, your pelvic muscles might be in need of a little more strengthening than that.

Conclusion: Some women claim their Luna Beads make activities like climbing stairs or riding a stationary bicycle a whole new experience. Sadly, either because I have vaginal muscles of steel or I'm just an insensitive cow, I hardly noticed them most of the time. I wore them all day at work once, and didn't notice much of anything except an ocassional "shifting" sensation when the weighted balls moved around. But, if you consider them more of an exercise machine than a toy, I suppose that's all well and good.

Luna Beads would be more properly thought of as a "sexual health aid" than an actual sex toy. While (apparently) some women find them quite stimulating to wear, buying a set thinking you're going to have the long, slow orgasm of your life would probably be a mistake. However, if you keep meaning to do kegels regularly, but keep blowing it off like any other well-intentioned exercise regimen, they're an easy and relatively fun way to achieve the same effect.

If you're looking for a really exciting way to work your pelvic muscles, I'd suggest a remote control toy like the Cry Baby (an insertable bullet vibe with a remote control … just imagine the mischief you could get into with a willing accomplice!). However Luna Beads are intended primarily as a muscle-toning aid, not an orgasm machine, and the benefits of strong pelvic floor muscles are many and varied! Stronger sensation during orgasms, being able to provide greater stimulation to your male partner during penetration, and improved bladder control are just the benefits that spring to mind… so Luna Beads could well be a worthwhile investment, even if they don't make you weak at the knees!

Anal Sex Hurts at First

Q: Im a female and sometimes anal sex hurts, it gets better in a few minutes but at the begining it hurts. What can i do to make the transition from pain to pleasure that much easier?

ways to make anal sex hurt less
There are a bunch of things you can do to help prevent pain with anal sex, and pretty much all of them fall into two categories: 1. Lube, and 2. Foreplay. With enough of the right kind of both, you should be able to completely eliminate pain at the start of anal sex!

LUBE: I can't stress this one enough: A good, thick, long-lasting lube is the single best thing you can use during anal penetration (whether you're using a toy, or a partner's penis). Many companies market numbing lube for anal sex, but unless you're really experienced with anal penetration, I definitely don't recommend it.

Something like Boy Butter or Maximus is excellent for anal sex. They're both very thick and won't wear off right away, which is exactly what you're looking for. Which one you like best is a matter of personal preference. Use your lube generously and use it often!

FOREPLAY: If you only experience pain at first, warming up with something smaller than your man (or your dildo of choice) is in order. If your partner isn't squeamish, having them lube up a finger or two is a perfect warm-up (and they can wear a rubber glove if they're worried about messy hands). Starting by 'tickling' around the anus—while conveniently spreading a little lube around—followed by slowly inserting one finger, and then maybe two, is not only a really hot addition to oral sex (for a man or a woman), but does a great job of getting the anal sphincter relaxed enough for more comfortable anal sex.

If fingers aren't going to be part of the game plan, starting with a a small anal toy is also a perfect way to get things ready for the main event. A small anal dildo, butt plug or a set of anal beads are all fun, and very stimulating, additions to foreplay or vaginal sex, and will really help relax your ass in preparation for full anal sex.

The gas we pass … when we'd rather not

Q: I pass gas during sex.. is that strange? And is there a way to stop it?

why you fart during sex
It's not terribly strange, no. Sex tends to shake things up a bit, and if you've got gas in your system to start with, there's a good chance it will work its way out. The only think I could think of to stop it is to use something like Gas-X a few hours before sex, and hope that takes care of it.

On the other hand, if gas is a chronic problem for you, you may want to consider looking at your diet for possible culprits. Raw broccoli, cabbage, beans and other high-fiber foods are well-known for causing gas in many people. Try keeping a food diary for a week or two, and make a little note in it about how much of a problem gas is for you on different days. You may find it correlates to eating something in particular, and avoiding that food for a day or two before a hot date might take care of the problem!

No problems with eating cum

Q: I am a girl and love to eat cum after having sex. is there any side effect to health by eatting cum?

Assuming your partner is disease-free, and you're not eating such enormous quantities as to cause obesity (which would probably also make you a world-record holder, and very lucrative as an adult film personality), there are absolutely no health problems that could be caused by eating semen (or female vaginal fluids).

bNaughty Waterproof Bullet Vibe

Naughty IS nice with this little vibe

waterproof multi-speed bullet vibrator
This little vibe arrived in one of the hands-down classiest packages I've ever seen a sex toy packed in. Of course, that's got nothing to do with how it performs, but it definitely got my attention to start things off. By the time I was done with my first test drive, I was quite pleased to see that the contents of the package lived up to my first impression.

LOOKS: If you find yourself feeling self-conscious about buying sex toys, because they're usually packaged in see-through plastic, and half of 'em have naked people cavorting around on the labels, you'll appreciate the bNaughty waterproof bullet vibe at first sight! As for the vibe itself, there are three colors available: A deep red, a warm mahogany and simple, classic black, all with a nice, matte finish, which, for some reason, just looks classier than regular old shiny plastic. Top it all off with a nice drawstring storage bag, and the whole presentation makes you feel like you're really treating yourself to something special.

CONSTRUCTION: I'm not sure how they managed to get such a velvety-soft finish on what is essentially your basic, plastic egg vibrator, but it's fantastic. The cord connecting the egg to the controller is covered in color-matched plastic, with reinforcing collars at both ends to protect it from wearing out. The faster/slower buttons are covered with a flexible plastic membrane, and are easy to use whether or not you're looking at the controls.

FEATURES: The bNaughty is waterproof, first and foremost. Not "water resistant" (which is code for "it might be OK in the shower, but forget about the bathtub), but actually billed as waterproof. It has 4 vibration speeds, ranging from "barely a tickle" to "oh MY", with idiot proof controls (up arrow = faster, down arrow = slower), and an easy-access screw-off battery compartment cover. The one feature that would be *really* nice is having a rechargeable built-in battery, but I've bought quite a few rechargeable AA battery sets, so I always have a few extra around.

TECHNIQUE: To be perfectly honest, the bNaughty did not have the horsepower to get the job done by itself, for me. Not that I don't still like the little thing, because I do … it just needed a little help in my case. Luckily, I had my trusty Pocket Rocket handy, and that was all the bNaughty needed to go from "oh MY" to "OHMYGAWD". It's kind of a similar effect to a rabbit vibe, but you have a lot more control over the pocket rocket than you ever do over the position of the rabbit's built-in bullet. (Best of all, the nice little bag the bNaughty comes with is plenty big enough to tuck the Pocket Rocket in with it.)

CONCLUSION: If you're satisfied with less-intense vibrators, the bNaughty might do the job for you just fantastically. If you need a little more oomph, the bNaughty is a fantastic companion to your favorite clit vibe, and adds some serious zing to oral sex! It would probably also be outstanding for prostate stimulation, but you might want to put a condom on it, to give you something more than just the power cord to help pull it out.