A brief history of female sexual enhancement products

in Special Feature 23 July 2015

Theres no denying that us Brits can be somewhat prudish when it comes to sex. However, behind closed doors, we can be known to get a little frisky in the bedroom.

For example, sex toys are becoming increasingly popular. With this in mind, we have put together a brief rundown of the exhilarating history of female sexual enhancement products, taking a look at what the future may hold.

The vibrator
19th-century Britain is, in essence, defined by its strict moral standing. Feelings of a sexual nature were expected to be supressed in order to be deemed fit for civilised society. As such, a medical condition dubbed hysteria developed.

Defined by abdominal heaviness, anxiety and irritability, hysteria was an alternative term for what we now recognise as sexual frustration. Medical practitioners defined the cure as pelvic massage, which was performed by hand until the patient experienced a hysterical paroxysm, or orgasm as we would now refer to it.

By the middle of the century, social restrictions had rendered hysteria as a mass epidemic for women. Medical practitioners were in demand, with many complaining about the time-consuming and monotonous treatment required. A solution was needed and the first vibrator was born.

Early models included an underpowered wind-up creation, a pelvic douche and a vibrator-cum-sewing machine. It wasnt until the late 19th-century that the recognisable form of the vibrator as we now know it emerged.

Under the guise of medicine, the vibrator was openly promoted in the years following its release, often regarded alongside other everyday domestic items. It wasnt until early 20th-century porn films featured the device that the vibrator was banished from the public sphere.

In the 1980s, the vibrator was no longer a taboo subject and the popularity of the device has steadily increased ever since.
Lady Prelox
Herbal sexual enhancement products like Viagra have been readily available for men for quite some time, but recent developments have seen options become available for women too. Lady Prelox is the newest remedy, gaining media attention from publications like the Daily Mail.

Available to buy from Pharma Nord, the pill claims to boost sexual libido and female arousal. This is because it encourages increased blood flow to the brain and reproductive organs, helping to improve stimulation.

The future
3D printing has revolutionised many aspects of our lives and sexual pleasure is set to be the latest. As the Telegraph reports, programmer Ikaros Kappler has set up a website that enables users to design their own dildo. Working with a basic 2D model, users can alter the length, width, curve and colour to suit their sexual needs. The design can then be printed using a 3D silicone printer.

Another new development is The Gaga, a vibrator complete with a camera lens and light. Users can download the videos captured onto their PC or laptop.

While it can be difficult to predict what the next development in sexual enhancement will be, there are sure to be many more additions to this rich history in the years to come.

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