What is Temperature Play?

If you’re even moderately interested in sex toys, you’ve probably heard the term “temperature play” bandied about. The term, like a lot of sex toy lingo, can be intimidating and lots of folks tend to shy away from sex stuff they’re unfamiliar with. Never fear! We’re here to clear up the confusion.

Thankfully, temperature play is pretty straightforward. As you might have guessed, it involves using hot and cold — and sometimes a combination of the two — to add extra stimulation to a toy or a sex act. Logically, it can only be done with toys made with materials that can hold temperatures, such as glass or stainless steel.

But forget about the textbook definition; here’s how temperature play can heat things up — or cool them down, as the case may be — between the sheets. Take a stainless steel or glass toy, say a dildo or some Ben Wa balls, and put it in the freezer for a few minutes. When that chilly vibe touches your most sensitive neuroreceptors, you’ll be in for some tingly, chilly thrills.

Alternatively, run a vibe or some anal beads under warm water for a minute or two and you can turn an ordinary play session into a hot, steamy affair. The hot toy relaxes your muscles for easier and more comfortable penetration, especially when it comes to anal play. It also makes your realistic dildo feel even more natural and lifelike!

Of course, as we all learned when we were young, hot stuff can burn, so be careful. And since we’re dealing with sensitive areas here, a freezing toy can be just as uncomfortable. To avoid any potential issues always test the toy on the back of your hand before trying it down below. If you stay safe, you may find that temperature play adds a new level of sensuality to your foreplay, sex or solo play.

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