The Sex Files

We gazed into the crys­tal ball and your sex life looks O-maz­ing. Get these hot trends on your radar, stat!

Women's Health (South Africa) - - JAN/FEB 2018 -

The trends to take into the bed­room this year


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Never has work­ing out your pelvic floor mus­cles been so cool. From yoni eggs and Kegel balls to core­gasm work­outs, there’s a prod­uct and ex­er­cise regime to get you hav­ing more in­tense or­gasms, in­creased arousal and... Help with that in­con­ti­nence. Dr Elna Ru­dolph, med­i­cal doc­tor, sex­ol­o­gist and clin­i­cal head of MySex­u­alHealth., ex­plains that the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of toys geared to­wards strength­en­ing your pelvic floor is three­fold: “Firstly, there is so much more mar­ket­ing around the topic be­cause there are now so many on­line shops sell­ing these prod­ucts. Sec­ondly, women are tak­ing charge of their sex­ual health much more than they did pre­vi­ously. They’re also in bet­ter eco­nomic po­si­tions and can af­ford to pur­chase prod­ucts, rather than just rely on ex­er­cises. Thirdly, from a med­i­cal per­spec­tive, there are more phys­io­ther­a­pists, spe­cialised in women’s health, who can help women strengthen their pelvic floors. They might also ad­vise women to get some of these toys to do their home­work – mak­ing the ther­apy much more ef­fec­tive.” For in­for­ma­tion on the ex­er­cises to do and the prod­ucts to use, visit WomensHealthSA. Time to pump that (in­ter­nal) iron!


One rea­son Bry­ony Cole, cre­ator and host of the pod­cast Fu­ture of Sex, started her pod­cast in 2016 was the emer­gence of vir­tual re­al­ity in sex tech. “There were these two guys in LA who wanted to cre­ate a scent-re­lease at­tach­ment to a VR head­set, so you could look around and be in a hot tub with three su­per­mod­els,” she laughs. “I thought, ‘Wow, that’s f*cked!’ But also, what hap­pens in a few years’ time when this technology is in­side ev­ery­one’s homes rather than just on the fringe? It seemed to have so many eth­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions and that’s in­ter­est­ing.” The fast­grow­ing vir­tual world is all about es­capism, adds Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kit­tens – a mem­ber­sonly uni­sex club that hosts fe­male-ori­ented sex par­ties in the US and UK. “Ex­pe­ri­en­tial and fan­tasy-world apps/sites will in­crease as the world we live in gets cra­zier and more stress­ful.” Watch this space.


Nope, we’re not talk­ing about those events where you throw your car keys into a bowl by the front door. We’re talk­ing lit­eral swings. When Matil­das con­ducted their sex sur­vey last year, they found that peo­ple were look­ing to add some spice to their sex lives and try new things, “The ma­jor­ity of our cus­tomers are mar­ried or in com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ships and they find that time pres­sure, stress, work and chil­dren are hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on their sex lives,” says Saskia Michel, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer at Matil­das. “Ex­cite­ment is the name of the game and it seems that many peo­ple find love swings the ul­ti­mate in sex­ual ad­ven­ture. We’re talk­ing weight­less, grav­i­ty­de­fy­ing sex; sex which re­quires vul­ner­a­bil­ity and trust.” Want to try it? Get the Joy­di­vi­sion Multi-Vario Love Swing (R3 785, Matil­das). Happy swing­ing!

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