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Strap On

Updated: MARCH 16, 2022
Reviewed by Kinkly Staff
on March 15, 2022

A strap on is an artificial phallic appendage or dildo that can be strapped on to allow a person without a penis to have penetrative sex. Strap ons are also used by people with penises to provide a harder/better erection, or to provide the person's partner with a different penetrative experience than a real penis provides. These are referred to as male strap ons. A strap on is attached with a belt or harness and is designed to sit in a similar position as a biological penis. Newer strap-ons eschew the straps for a sturdy, comfortable pair of underwear with a dildo attachment in the front.

Strap-ons may be used for penetrative vaginal sex, anal sex or pegging. Some people also enjoy giving a strap-on blow job. Although the recipient can't feel the fellatio, the act does provide a powerful visual.

When buying a strap-in, look for high-quality materials, fit and comfort and the how the dildo is attached.

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Strap ons may also be referred to as strap-on dildos.

More About Strap On

Strap-on harnesses tend to allow for a variety of dildos, enabling users to switch things up according to their or their partner's tastes. They can be used by a person of any gender or sexuality, but are most commonly used by lesbian women as well as women looking to peg their male partners. In general, having sex with a strap-on involves practice, especially for people without penises who have never had penetrative sex.

Strap-ons come in a variety of styles and materials, but they are most commonly made of nylon or leather. Another popular style turns a sturdy, comfortable pair of underwear into a harness by providing an O-ring to which the dildo attaches. O-ring attachment is the most common way that dildos attach to the harness, but other methods include vacuum seal and single-piece harnesses. Note that the latter tends to be low-quality and does not allow for the user to change dildos.

Strapless strap-ons are one other option. These are held in the wearer's vagina, and often offer vibration to the wearer and perhaps also the person being penetrated. People tend to either love or hate these. Some people find them hard to hold in place while others enjoy the challenge of "gripping" the strap-on.

A huge variety of strap-on compatible dildos exist. The best-quality ones tend to be made of silicone, which is durable, long-lasting, includes a bit of "give" and can be thoroughly cleaned after use. A few strap-on dildos include stimulation for the wearer by providing vibration at the base of the dildo.

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