By Miranda Weindling

As global social isolation and countrywide lockdowns continue to descend, now is a good time to heed the mantra of feminist influencer, and founder of Female Collective, Candace Reels: “Hydrate Meditate Masturbate”. It’s a win-win self-care formula––looking after both body and mind––at a time of increased anxiety… and boredom. 

If you are single, dating, or in a relationship but don’t live with your partner, then it’s highly likely your sex life has taken a hit recently (unlike those, who presumably live with their partners, and are stockpiling condoms).

But it’s not just toilet paper, pasta and condoms that have seen a spike in sales––vibrators too. With no clear end in sight to social isolation for many of us, now is as good a time as any to invest in a sex toy. Think of it as not just a boredom buster and pleasure giver, but an essential health and wellness tool.    

Health Benefits Of Masturbation 

Although they claim that the vibrator was invented as a medical device to aid doctors in treating women via orgasm, it has been largely debunked as a myth. However, there are many proven health benefits to be had from a self-administered orgasm. 

Masturbation and orgasms have been linked to the release of mood-enhancing endorphins, temporary increase in immunity, cardiovascular health and better muscle tone, improved sleep, sex-life, and all-round good vibes… 

If your Instagram feed looks anything like mine at the moment it is probably awash with immune-boosting nutritional advice, how to stay happy, home workout plans, tips for maintaining a regular sleep rhythm in the face of coronavirus anxiety-induced insomnia and the prospect of all-night Netflix marathons, and of course, how to find pleasure in your own company. Well, who knew that you only needed to do one thing to take care of all of the above! 

Get Them While They’re Hot… 

Womanizer, al women’s sex toy specialist, reported a 60% increase in sales at the beginning of the month, citing, perhaps unsurprisingly, a rise in Italian and US sales. Sensing the current need for some TLC, Bellesa Boutique, your go-to for erotica everything, is running a 20% discount across the website, and priority shipping when using the code QUARANTINE. 

Like most things in this day and age, when it comes to sex toys, they are available in all shapes, sizes, for every preference and proclivity, no matter how niche. If you are not sure, you can even take a quiz for guidance… but my advice, have a little look around and see what speaks to you personally. 

Rabbit vibrators will never go out of vogue, and companies such as Maude have a contemporary range aimed at sexual wellness, where you can purchase massage candles (self-massage is also part of self-love), alongside a simple vibrator. Looking for something so chic and subtle you can even wear it in public (when you’re allowed out of course), then Vesper is for you. Have housemates or currently staying with your families, then make sure you choose a quiet option and a company that favours discreet packaging, such as Lovehoney.   

Although vibrators are available from many major online retailers, as always try and support a local independent specialist. This is also not a purchase where you want to scrimp on price, manufacturing and hygiene standards, so do shop around.    

It Takes Two, Baby… 

If you have a significant other but are finding yourself in a Pyramus and Thisbe scenario, physically separated from each other, and most importantly missing each other’s touch, then teledildonics is for you. 

Teledildonics, beyond being an excellent word, are remote app-controlled sex toys. They enable you to connect with your partner’s sex toy of choice and control various settings, i.e. their pleasure.  

We-Connect™ from We-Vibe is one of the most established companies in this arena, with a range of toys, mainly for women but a couple for men that can be synced up. Kiroo and Lovesense also have similarly well-regarded offerings, with a greater range for men, and are also same-sex friendly.  

Vibease also lets you connect, and control your partner’s pleasure, but offers a few other in-app bonuses (that you can use without your partner), like playing music or letting you play out your favourite audiobook fantasy. 

Whether you are a sex toy aficionado looking to add to your collection, or just starting out on your vibrator journey, do yourself a favour––stop hitting the refresh button on your browser to see the latest coronavirus stats in your area, and put your hands to better use!