Pleasure and Sex

This section includes information on sexual pleasure.

As of 6/2021, the only content on this page is on sex toys and lube. More content coming soon!

Thank you to Alice Turnham and Andrew McDaniels for creating the Lube and Sex Toy sections!

Sex Toys

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Sex with a partner or self-pleasure can be more fun when using equipment, but that also must be done safely! Sugar, an LGBTQ-owned and operated sex shop in Hampden, has some great advice about what sex toys to get and how to use them, including a guide to getting your first vibrator. Below are some of the posts from the Sugar website:

Here are some tips to safely using sex toys:

Some STIs can live on sex toys for weeks. It’s important to clean a toy properly to prevent STI transmission. It is also important to remove sperm from toys before they are used near a vagina.

  • Some tips for avoiding STIs from sex toys include

    • keeping sex toys clean – wash them after each use

    • covering penetrative sex toys, such as vibrators, with a new condom each time they're used or each time an activity changes

    • not sharing sex toys

    • having a different set of sex toys for each partner

  • Before cleaning, remove any batteries. Never submerge electrical components in water. Use a damp, soapy washcloth to clean your electric toys, preferably with anti-bacterial soap. Keep toys stored in a container or pouch (to keep them clean) and in a cool, dry place.

  • Check the manufacturer’s guide for specific instructions on how to clean your sex toy, you can find some general advice for cleaning sex toys of specific materials here


  • Lube can be used to reduce friction and facilitate sensation during sex.

  • If you are using lube with a latex polyurethane, or polyisoprene condom, you should use a water or silicone-based lube. Oil-based lubes will break down the condom.

  • If you are using lube with a silicone-based sex toy, you should only use a water-based lube to prevent damage to the sex toy.

  • Lube can be used on the vagina, penis, or anus and can be used for sex or masturbation.

  • It can be found at any drugstore in an aisle with condoms and other sex-related products.