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According to a former nurse, sex toys, provide such great Health Benefits, they should be prescribed by doctors. We’re all for it!
Original Article By Natalie Healey 14/02/2019
Original Article here: https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/sex-life/a28288/sex-toys-health-benefits/
They are far more likely to be found in your bedside drawer than your local surgery, but sex toys can bring more than just benefits in the bedroom; they could boost your health too.
So should General Practioners stop being shy and recommend pleasure products? Samantha Evans, former nurse and co-founder of ‘luxury sex toy and vibrator shop’ Jo Divine certainly believes so. Challenging stuffy attitudes could change people’s lives for the better.
‘I have encountered several doctors including GPs and gynaecologists who will not recommend sex toys because of their own personal views and embarrassment about sex. However, once healthcare professionals learn about sex toys and sexual lubricants and see what products can really help, they often change their mind.’
Evans says, increasingly, doctors are seeing vibrators as the way forward for helping people overcome intimate health issues.
In 2015, she was asked to put together a sexual product brochure for the NHS at the request of Kent-based gynaecologist Mr Alex Slack. The document contains suitable sex toys, lubricants and pelvic floor exercisers that can help with a range of gynaecological problems.
But sex toys can also be beneficial for many other illnesses too, Evans reveals:
When then body is hijacked by illness, being able to enjoy sexual pleasure is a way of taking back control
‘Often people feel their body is being hijacked by their illness and being able to enjoy sexual pleasure is something they can take back control of, beyond popping a pill. Using a sex toy is much more fun and has far fewer side effects than medication!’
Here are just some of the reasons it’s worth exploring your local sex shop (or browsing online) to benefit your health:
One area sex toys can help with is simply making sex more enjoyable, helping couples discover what turns them on.
‘Having great sex can promote health and wellbeing by improving your mood and physically making you feel good. Using a sex toy can spice up a flagging sex life and bring a bit of fun into your life. A sex toy will make you feel great as well as promoting your circulation and the release of the “feel good factors” during an orgasm.’
Some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause are gynaecological. Declining levels of the hormone estrogen can lead to vaginal tightness, dryness and atrophy. This can lead to painful sex and decreased sex drive.
Vibrators improve the tone and elasticity of vaginal walls and promote vaginal lubrication.
But vibrators can alleviate these symptoms by improving the tone and elasticity of vaginal walls and improving sexual sensation, and also promote vaginal lubrication.
Sex toys can also be useful following gynaecological surgery or even after childbirth to keep the vaginal tissue flexible, preventing it from becoming too tight and also promoting to blood flow to the area to speed up healing, says Evans.
Men can benefit from sex toys too, says Evans. She says men who use them are less likely to be burdened with erectile dysfunction, difficulty orgasming and low sex drive.
‘They are also more likely to be aware of their sexual health, making them more likely to notice any abnormalities and seek medical advice,’ she points out.
Male products can help men overcome erectile dysfunction, following prostate surgery or treatment, diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injury and neurological conditions by promoting the blood flow into the erectile tissues and stimulating the nerves to help the man have an erection without them having to take Viagra.
There’s a reason sexperts stress the importance of foreplay. Most women just cannot orgasm through penetration alone no matter how turned on they are. Stimulating the clitoris can be the key to satisfying climaxes and sex toys can make that easier. Vibrators can be really useful for vulval pain conditions such as vulvodynia where penetration can be tricky to achieve.
Most women can’t orgasm through penetration alone no matter how turned on they are
‘By becoming aware of how her body feels through intimate massage and exploration using a vibrator and lubricant and relaxation techniques, a woman who has vulvodynia can become more relaxed and comfortable with her body and her symptoms may lessen. It also allows intimate sex play when penetration is not possible,’ says Evans.
Vaginismus, a condition in which a woman’s vaginal muscles tense up involuntarily, when penetration is attempted is generally treated using medical dilators of increasing sizes to allow the patient to begin with the thinnest dilator and slowly progress to the next size. But not all women get on with these, reveals Evans.
As vibrators are associated with pleasure, they can be a significant help with vaginismus recovery.
‘They hopefully already associate the vibrator with pleasure, which can be a significant help with their recovery from vaginismus/dyspareunia. We know from the research that low frequency vibrations can be sedative for the pelvic floor muscles, whereas higher frequencies are more stimulating. After all, the goal of my sexual rehab clients is to return to sexual pleasure, not just to ‘tolerate’ the presence of something in their vagina!’