A dildo is an object that goes inside the vagina or anus for sexual penetration, masturbation, and other purposes. It can be shaped like an erect human penis or in many other ways, including non-phallic shapes, and it can be made from a variety of materials. A dildo can be used by an individual or with a partner, but it is most often used as part of sexual activity.
There are a lot of different types of dildos on the market, which can be overwhelming for someone who is new to the world of sexual play with a dildo. Pleasure-based, queer-inclusive sex educator Lateef Taylor suggests that people who are interested in getting their first dildo should start with one that is lubricated, and then experiment to find out what kind of sensations they prefer. It is also recommended that people who are new to using a dildo start with foreplay, or gentle caresses of the anus, clitoris, or vagina with the dildo before trying anything more intense.
It is important to remember that dildos are not medical devices, and they can increase the risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) if used improperly. It is also possible to accidentally transfer bacteria from a dildo to another person, or even yourself, if it is not cleaned properly after each use. To prevent this, people should always use dildos that are clean and lubricated before each use.
If people are buying a dildo for the first time, it is best to buy from a store that sells body-safe toys. The store should have a variety of sizes, textures, and shapes, and they should be able to give specific information about the products. It is also a good idea to purchase from a store that carries items for people of all genders and sexual orientations, so that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Some dildos are shaped to look more realistic than others, which can be useful for people who want to feel the sensation of the genitals. However, there are endless options that don’t have to resemble a biological penis, and a dildo can be made out of any number of things, from silicone to break-resistant glass.
There is some evidence that prehistoric humans decorated their own penises with dots and lines, which may have been similar to dildos. This type of decoration was found in the European Palaeolithic period, which lasted from about 28,000 to 11,000 BC.
In modern times, the popularity of dildos has grown, and they are now available at most sexual toy stores. They are commonly used by women, but can be used by men as well. A dildo can be very satisfying for anyone who wants to experience penetration, but it is important to think about the safety issues before using one. There are also other types of sex toys that can be used for penetrative play, such as vibrators and arousal rings. The use of these toys is generally considered to be low-risk for STIs and other sexually transmitted infections.