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Exploring the WaterSlyde vs. Showerhead Debate

Posted by Maureen Pollack on

Welcome to my Tub Talk, where we delve into the world of self-care and pleasure with a splash of honesty and openness.

Let's consider the age-old debate of which water masturbation technique is best: bathtub faucet versus the showerhead—a topic that's been making waves in conversations about female pleasure.

In recent years, there's been a refreshing shift in how women discuss self-pleasure, particularly when it involves water. It's empowering to see us embracing our desires and feeling comfortable sharing our experiences on social platforms. So, let's dive in and explore together.

The Benefits of Masturbation

When you have an orgasm, whether from sex or masturbation, your body releases hormones called endorphins that block pain and boost positive feelings. Beyond that, researchers have reported several other health benefits of masturbation, including: released sexual tension; reduced stress; improved sleep; improved self-esteem and body image; relieved menstrual cramps and muscle tension; and strengthened muscle tone in your pelvic and anal areas. Masturbation also helps you to learn your body - what you like, what you don't like - so you can communicate with a partner/s and live your best life.

Why A Water Orgasm Can Be The Best Orgasm

There is no shortage of ways to masturbate, with a multitude of tips at your fingertips for how to enjoy yourself - solo or with a partner/s. Sometimes we just want to rub one out with a quickie O, and that's totally cool. Other times, however, we make the time for something bigger and better simply by going slower, extending that pleasure by building up arousal for a full body, maximum release O.

That's where water comes in. While there will always be a time and place for quickies, the slow pleasure of water masturbation offers an opportunity to enjoy a deeper kind of orgasm—one that comes from savoring each sensation instead of racing toward the finish line.

Bathtub Faucet Masturbation Vs. Showerhead Masturbation

Water masturbation falls into two camps: bathtub faucet masturbation (aka bathturbation and the bathtub technique) and showerhead masturbation. When done right, both can be O-mazing. But the techniques as well as the pros and cons of each are truly different.

Let's take a closer look...

Bathtub Masturbation With The WaterSlyde

Unlike a showerhead, the water from a bathtub faucet is untamed. You can't put a showerhead hose on a bathtub faucet (the spout can't handle the back pressure of the hose), so the water is wild and unpredictable, with a unique rhythm that's never quite the same. And because of the wide, single flow of water, the area of impact can be felt across your entire vulva.
Pro Tip: While many newcomers to bathtub masturbation believe only the strongest flow will achieve the results they want, the reality for many is just the opposite - a slower, tap-tap-tap using the power of gravity and that unpredictable rhythm is the best technique.
Woman In Tub Using The WaterSlyde for comfortable bathtub faucet masturbation


  • The one-of-a-kind water stimulator directs water to the midline of the tub, allowing you to comfortably masturbate - just lay back and let the water work its magic.
  • It's an inexpensive and easy-to-install accessory that can transform your bathing experience into something truly extraordinary - Well + Good calls it "the most simple and effective pleasure accessory."
  • The pleasure derived from the WaterSlyde is unique and unparalleled (think oral!)—as one of my favorites quotes from Vice states, “it feels like getting head from a mermaid with a thousand tongues” which leads to an explosive release that leaves you feeling utterly satisfied.
  • It’s OB/GYN approved and noted by OB/GYN, Dr Shieva Ghofrany as “the most hygienic way anyone can masturbate.”
  • Because you can enjoy the pleasure hands-free, The WaterSlyde is a  disability-friendly sex toy; it is allows you (or your partner in the bath) to explore your bodies while enjoying the rush of water over your vulva.
  • No batteries required!
The WaterSlyde Makes Bathtub Masturbation comfortable


  • You do not have a bathtub or your faucet is on the side of the tub :(
  • It’s difficult to lay down and / or get back up in the tub.
  • You don't have time to enjoy the slower build of a faucet orgasm(s).

Water Masturbation With A Showerhead

Woman with a showerhead

A showerhead essentially tames the water with a steady stream; these days, most offer a variety of settings to change the timing, location and strength of that stream.


  • For starters, many of you may already have a showerhead installed, making it a convenient option for a quickie or a spontaneous moment of pleasure.
  • The sharper, focused sensation can be exhilarating, offering a more intense experience that's perfect for those seeking a quick release.
  • Along with the clitoris and labia, you can stimulate other erogenous zones like the breasts, nipples, etc.


  • Installing a shower head can be tricky (and expensive).
  • Like most vibrators, a showerhead isn't hands-free. If you're like me and need to be relaxed and focused on the pleasure, holding a showerhead and worrying about directing the flow of water makes it hard to relax and concentrate on the pleasure.
  • The sensation of the showerhead flow may be to be too sharp or even painful, especially if you're not accustomed to it.
  • Unless you have a handheld showerhead in your bath, squatting down, lying down, or elevating one leg to get comfortable in the shower (and find a position that works for you) can be challenging or uncomfortable.
  • Pressurized water or excessively hot water can be dangerous so it's essential to be mindful and take precaution.

Whether you're team WaterSlyde or team showerhead, there's no denying the pleasure that water can bring. Each method offers its own unique benefits and drawbacks, but ultimately, it's about finding what works best for you and embracing the sensations that bring you the most pleasure.

So, the next time you're in need of some self-indulgence, don't be afraid to make a splash and explore the wonderful world of water play.

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