Growing a moustache this Movember?

By: Good Vibrations

Those Movember 'staches are being grown for an extremely good cause!

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If your Zoom meetings are suddenly full of fuzzy faces, we must be on the cusp of Movember – that’s Mo(ustache) + November, an annual event that raises awareness about a variety of men’s health issues. Fancy facial hair, especially the signature moustaches that many grow this month, signals an eye-catching global campaign to encourage prostate and testicular cancer screening and awareness, with an additional focus on suicide among men. These are all issues that need the bright light of information, so support Movember however you can!

Prostate health is definitely in our wheelhouse at Good Vibrations! Customers look to us for sexual health products, and prostate health is no exception. Having an enlarged or inflamed prostate can be uncomfortable on its own--and prostate cancer rates remain worryingly high, especially among Black men. In the US, it's the second-highest cause of cancer death among men, though it’s extremely important to remember that not all folks with prostates and testicles identify as male.

So huzzahs to Movember activists and participants! We encourage all people to think seriously about health and to prioritize staying well. We also know that sexual and bodily health is not divorced from pleasure, and we remind you that the prostate -- in addition to being an important focus of sexual health -- can be a seriously important source of sexual pleasure.

Did you know the prostate is comparable to the g-spot? (Some call it the "p-spot" for short!) The g-spot is actually homologous to the prostate, meaning they develop from the same kind of tissue and function similarly. So no matter where you are on -- or off -- the gender spectrum, prostate stimulation can bring intense orgasms and a ton of pleasure!

Let's go deeper. Where -- and what -- is the prostate?

The prostate is a gland that surrounds the urethra. It produces much of the fluid that makes up semen. As part of the sexual response cycle, this fluid may be expelled through the urethra during ejaculation. But that's not the only pleasure a person might derive from the prostate. Many find it feels great to stimulate it directly, with a toy, finger, or other body part. Here's how to do that.

The prostate is accessible via the anus; it's located about a finger length in and up towards the belly button. Unless you’re very flexible, you may not be able to reach your own prostate without a toy... a great reason to get into yoga! A consenting partner’s fingers can be another delightful way to begin this exploration. As with any other type of anal play, we always, ALWAYS recommend lube -- a nice thick one like Please Gel is a great option to reduce friction and add cushion. Gently massage the anus with the flat pad of a well-manicured and lubricated finger. A nice smooth glove can facilitate easier insertion and clean-up. The prostate will feel different than the rest of the tissue around it, especially if it is already engorged from arousal--feel for a fairly firm organ that's roughly the size of a chestnut.

Gently tap against the prostate to stimulate it; try the classic “come hither” motion with the finger(s) curving towards the belly button, stroking the prostate; or try moving your fingers in a circular motion around it. Listen to your body (or to the person who is having their prostate stimulated) to learn what feels best. The pleasure you derive from prostate play might feel different from penis-centered sexual arousal, and sometimes the penis doesn't even get hard. That's common, and nothing to worry about!

Prostate stimulation can be wonderful added to other types of play like masturbation, hand sex, or oral sex, or it can be enjoyed all on its own. Many people who have orgasms from prostate stimulation describe them as more intense and full-bodied than orgasms from penis stimulation -- that sounds like a good reason to explore this pleasurable organ! And some people feel the crème de la crème is a “blended orgasm” derived from both prostate and penis stimulation.

To explore your prostate on your own or experiment with different stimulation than you can get via a finger, choose a prostate-specific toy, just remember that any toy you use for prostate stimulation must be anal-safe, with a base to keep it from sliding all the way in. The Don Juan by Pleasure Works and the Aneros MGX Syn Trident are excellent starter options--they're curved and designed to reach that hot spot. Many enjoy exploring prostate vibration, too. We love the Vector by We-Vibe for its deep, penetrating vibrations — plus it comes with a bluetooth app for long distance remote controlling; perfect for social distance partner play!

So show some love to the prostate, and other important issues surrounding male health and wellness, this movember and beyond.