We get questions in our shops and online all the time about sex and sex toys. Some keep coming up (pardon the pun) again and again so we thought it might be of help for us publish our answers here so they might help all our customers.

If you have a question that you think we can help you with please send it to us on questions@playblue.ie and we’ll definitely answer it via email personally and may publish the answer here. Of course all answers are totally discreet and no personal information will ever be published.

PlayBlue Customer Questions

Every waterproof vibrator I have never lasts what's up with that? (Mags, Web) - November 2014

Most vibrators nowadays are sold as waterproof. But of course they never give you the detail on how this exactly works. Well obviously if water gets into the inside of the vibrator it's going to break and water generally gets in via the battery compartment. Our advice is to ensure you have a super tight seal on the battery compartment and if in any doubt over tighten it and maybe use a little Vaseline on the seal.

You can test it out with little risk if you slowly lower the vibrator into a bowl of water and if any air bubbles come out of it, then its not sealed correctly and remove it straight away and leave it to dry in a warm place before trying to use it.

If in any doubt my advice is lay off using them in the bath or go for a rechargeable vibrator as they generally have better waterproof sealing. Click on our category to see our selection of waterproof vibrators.

Are Dolls any good for sex or just as a joke? (Bryan, Shop) - September 2014

Well we have sex dolls that cost over a grand so it would be a pretty expensive joke. But I assume you are talking about the cheaper blow-up models.

Without a doubt people do by the very cheap ones as jokes but the majority of customers for sex dolls have sex with them. The only advice I can give you is plenty of lube and you get what you pay for. Also don't inflate the dolls too much as the pressure applied during sex might puncture them.

You can't really expect a €20 blow-up to compare with real sex. So if your expectations are set correctly of course you can enjoy sex with a doll. The most expensive sex dolls we have feel and weigh like a real person.

What would you do with a fake pussy? (Martin, Online) - March 2014

By fake pussy I assume you are talking about male masturbators like the Fleshlight.

These are some of the most popular sex toys in the world and you may not believe it but sell in the millions. Really you can view them as male equivalents of vibrators in that they are used to help a man masturbate.

To use one you add a little water based lube to your penis and a little to the masturbator. Slowly work your penis in and then gradually increase the pumping speed to orgasm. Most have an air suction control that allows you to control the suction of the toy.

In short these 'fake pussies' replace your hand in masturbating. They can also be great fun when used as a couple.

What is a cock ring? (Sinéad, Shop) - January 2014

Cock Rings are used to enlarge the penis prior to sex. The basic ones have a single stretchy ring that is place around the base of the penis either above or behind the testicles depending on preference.

This acts as a barrier restricting blood flow back from the penis and will cause it to engorge and grow wider and longer giving the man a large stronger erection which he can hold for longer.

Fancier cock rings have built in bullet vibrators that can stimulate both partners during sex from clitoral stimulators, anal stimulators and testicle stimulators and endless combinations or each.

Some also have multiple rings that can be placed around the testicles and penis in various positions to enhance sensation.

Cock rings are fantastic starter couples sex toys and if you are interested you can learn more clicking here.

I can’t get the vibrator to work? (Louise, Online) - January 2014

Most vibrators take batteries some are rechargeable. Very few of our products have defects and we have a policy that if we get two broken toys in a short period we drop the product and query it with the manufacturer.

Usually the problem is batteries. To ensure you have the correct batteries get new good batteries (not cheap Lidl or Pound Shop batteries), nearly always one will go in upside down to the other even if it is not shown on the toy. Also on some vibrators especially waterproof ones you need to really tighten them as the contacts will only touch the batteries when the waterproof seal is engaged. We advise tighten normally then if it doesn’t work tighten a tiny bit more try it again, repeat until it works.

Failing all that it may just be broken or faulty and you need to check out returns page..

How does a Penis Pump work? (Margaret, Online) - December 2013

Ignoring the fact that I assumed Margaret was female and probably had no use for a penis pump herself, I answered the question as a question of curiosity.

Penis pumps all work on the idea of creating a vacuum around the penis which will make the blood rush towards it engorging it. This effect will usually last around 30 minutes. These are used by men to give them temporarily larger penises, many men find that using a cock ring after pumping prolongs the effect.

The penis expansion with a pump is usually in all direction so you should have more girth as well as length. Most men can expect around an extra ¾ inch to an inch. We do advice that newcomers take it very easy using penis pumps and follow all guidelines given.

To have a look at the full range of penis pumps on offer click here.

Have you any sex toys for men? (John, Shop) - December 2013

I thought this a very unusual question as John was standing in a sex shop at the time surrounded by sex toys at least half of them for men.

The short answer is absolutely. From a huge range of different masturbators, prostate massagers, dolls, male vibrators, cock rings, penis extenders, all the anal toys, loads of bondage/fetish gear shall, I go on?

What is an anal douche? (Seán, Shop) - October 2013

I must admit I wouldn't have known the answer to this until I started working at PlayBlue.

An Anal Douche is a device used to clean the rectum passage. Sounds all very medical I know and sometimes is used in medical cases. We’ve had patients referred by Doctors.

But usually they are used to ensure that the bum is clean inside and out prior to anal play. They usually look like large turkey basters with a bulbous end which you fill up with warm water. Then the tapered tube is inserted into your anus with a little lube. You squeeze the bulb and the water flushes into your rectum. You hold it for a minute or so and then on the toilet empty it. Repeat until the water empties clear. There are also douches that attach as shower heads too but they generally work in the same manner.

Penis Creams, do they work or are they all nonsense? (Ronan, Shop) – September 2013

We get this a lot and all I can say is they are not for everyone. We have customers who absolutely swear by them and others who got nothing out of them. This is why we sell the full gamut of penis enlargement products to try to suit everyone.

Creams will work on a large portion of men, they are totally safe and all the ones we sell are made from 100% natural ingredients. The other options for penis enlargement are pumps which work but only for a short time. Traction style machines that definitely work but take a bit of commitment and finally penis extenders. See our full selection of sex aids for men here.

Does using a butt plug make me a little gay? (Barry, Email) - September 2013

This was a funny question and my immediate response is “Aren’t we all a little gay?” but seriously anal play is not just for Christmas and not just for Gay men. All men straight and gay have a prostate gland and it is equally sensitive to massage.

Historically there has been a huge taboo in Ireland around any form of Anal pleasure but thankfully it is breaking down. This has freed all men to engage in anal play and it has been a revelation for many, but still in the recesses of our Irish brains we can sometimes associate anal sex and gay men.

My advice is stop trying to put a label on yourself based on what you like and just enjoy it.


Why do you not sell Viagra or a herbal version? (Sean, Email) - July 2014

This is a simple answer, because we don't really know if its legal so we just don't. No one can categorically tell us it's legal to do so, until we're sure we just don't.

I'm sure there are shops you can buy them from and they are definitely available online (what isn't?) but how safe they are or secure I really can tell. Anyway unfortunately PlayBlue is not one of them.


What is the best beginner's vibrator? (Emily, Email) - December 2014

This is never a simple answer and changes all the time. As a basic rule we say don't go too big, too complicated or too expensive to start with. We have a specific beginner's vibrator category now which should help


Do Brands make a difference? (Tom, Email) - March 2016

Yes and no. We have found brands will tend to be more reliable and better made then generic copies but not all brands are great. It depends what you are looking for. If you just want to try a simple to use sex toy then go for the one you want and ignore the brand. If you are looking for a toy you plan to use medium term and want the best then definitely a brand.


How much do returns cost? (Cintya, Email) - May 2016

With PlayBlue it's free. If you have a problem with a faulty sex toy we want to fix it and make sure you are not out of pocket. Checkout full details on our returns page.