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5
Most Common Sex Toys

Serious or silly, upscale or unpretentious, used solo or for sizzle with a partner, sex toys can amp a sexual experience both mentally and physically.

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Using objects to increase sexual pleasure isn't anything new. Discovery of the world's oldest surviving dildo -- a 7.9-inch (20-centimeter) siltstone phallus that may have been used as a sex aid some 28,000 years ago -- suggests that humans have been using sex toys for eons [source: Amos].

What is new, however, are the advances we've made in style and technology. Today's sex toys have cute names and designer colors and materials, and they can even be environmentally friendly. They're a far cry from the meager inventory typically encountered just a few short years ago, which centered on oversized, penis-look-alike dildos made from a cocktail of potentially toxic components [source: Ives].

With such strides, it's no wonder nearly a quarter of surveyed adults from countries around the world reported that they've incorporated sex toys when interacting with their partners [source: Durex]. In fact, the worldwide sex toy industry rakes in an estimated $15 billion each year [source: Sethi].

There's also mounting evidence that sex toys offer tangible health benefits. Women who use sexual aids report higher levels of sexual function and higher levels of satisfaction with their partners [source: PR Newswire]. Frequent sex provides similar benefits for men, including lowered risks of heart disease, stroke and diabetes [source: Keesling].

So, what are the most common sex toys? Find out which toys made our list and why beginning on the next page.

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