What's a Dildo?

The use of dildos and other sex toys is quite popular and more and more people are using them to give and receive pleasure. In this article, we'll take a look at what a dildo is and how it may be used.
What's a Dildo?

Last update: 10 April, 2021

When entering the world of erotic toys, it is possible that there are certain doubts when it comes to distinguishing them by their names. It is normal that people ask themselves: is a vibrator the same as a dildo?

Each toy is elaborated with a series of characteristics and although it is true that many share several similarities, that does not mean that they are exactly the same product. They are not all made with the same materials or used for the same purpose.

So what’s a dildo?

A dildo is a sex toy that can be used during sexual intercourse or for masturbation. The user is the one who sets the desired intensity, since the dildo, originally, has no vibrating capacity.

A woman holding a vibrator.

As with everything related to sexual pleasure, dildos come in a variety of materials. No matter what they’re made of, the best option is to purchase hypoallergenic ones in order to prevent skin rashes.

Dildos are abstract penises presented in different sizes, with variations in girth and length. Their textures and colors change, but that’s mainly for aesthetic detail. Many of these have different shapes at both ends so they can be used to penetrate and pleasure either a vagina or an anus.

What’s the difference between a dildo and a vibrator?

When we talk about traditional dildos, the main thing to notice is that they don’t vibrate. However, there are attachments available in the market so one can also use them as vibrators.

Meanwhile, a vibrator doesn’t always have the function of penetrating for stimulation. There are, for example, some tiny vibrators that stimulate the clitoris only.

We can also find other vibrators that are used to massage different parts of the body and these also vary in size, texture, and color.

How to choose a dildo according to your preferences

  • First, identify the kind of experience that you want. That is, you can choose between a toy to penetrate or one that vibrates.
  • Second, shape and size should be considered in terms of pleasure and also in terms of traveling needs. Will it fit into your travel bag?
  • Third, it’s important to pay attention to the quality of the materials a sex toy is made of. They must be free of chemicals and not lead to allergies.
  • Finally, keep in mind that all devices require different types of batteries and chargers.

The most common dildos

At present, the variety of offers that exist is impressive. Generally speaking, they can be divided into the following groups, which we will discuss below.

1. Anatomically correct dildos

These are almost an exact replica of a penis. You can see the penis glans, the veins, and their nerve endings. Furthermore, some stores manufacture custom dildos, which simulate that penis you’ve always dreamed of.

2. Simple dildos

This kind of dildo is also phallic but without all of the details of a living penis. They’re very simple to find and also the cheapest. This is is perhaps a good one to start experimenting with in order to gain confidence before moving onto the next level.

3. Double dildos

Considerably longer than single dildos, these have two equally shaped ends to insert at the same time. Lesbian couples often use them to pleasure each other at the same time.

4. G-Spot dildos

Many women dream of stimulating their ‘G-spot’, despite the controversies about its existence. Now, we must admit that this isn’t always easy to achieve using only the hands.

Sometimes, we need the help of dildos. Their tip has a small curvature that contributes to the stimulation and the search for this erogenous zone.

5. Anal dildos

A lot thinner than the previous ones, some models of anal dildos even have the tip slightly inclined. This is so that this kind of dildo doesn’t fit entirely into an anus. The reason is that this entails high risk and some people end up in emergency rooms in order to extract them from the anus.

The anal dildo can penetrate a vagina, but keep in mind that vaginal dildos shouldn’t penetrate an anus, as this would lead to injuries.

General dildos

Different extensions are available for use on other parts of the body at the time of sexual intercourse. If you’re among those that enjoy the benefits of masturbation, you should know that there are dildos that you can place on your fingers. Thus, they can go further and with other effects.

For men who think their penis is too small they can attach dildos to their member. Girls will experience a very different sexual encounter on that occasion.

Also, let’s not forget that oral sex is a widely popular practice, and so there are also dildos that attach to a chin.

A woman reaching for her vibrator in bed.
IOn the market, there’s a wide variety of dildos and sex toys for all tastes.

How long have dildos existed?

Some say that dildos are, historically, the oldest sexual elements of humanity. We tend to believe that ancient fertility figurines are simple sculptures, but their use as dildos hasn’t been ruled out.

Sex toys have evolved together with people and are evolving even more as we begin to dissolve the many myths around sex. In turn, the variety is now so wide that it’s difficult at times to choose just one!

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