Using a vibrator can improve your sexual health and satisfaction.
As the name suggests, a vibrator is a small electrical device that can vibrate at different speeds and intensity levels. It’s designed to stimulate the genitals and enhance the sexual experience. Both men and women use vibrators, either alone or with a partner.
Vibrator use is quite common in the United States. A 2009 study found that about 53% of women and 45% of men between the ages of 18 and 60 used vibrators during sexual activity.
Many women find that using a vibrator increases their interest in sex and helps them reach orgasm more quickly and more easily. Women may also become better lubricated when using a vibrator, making sex more comfortable.
Men who use vibrators may experience heightened desire, better erections, and easier orgasms.
Some couples worry that they may start to depend on the vibrator for sexual satisfaction. But many people discover that using a vibrator increases their desire for sex with their partner; it doesn’t replace intimacy.
Also, some women are concerned that a vibrator may intimidate a male partner, making him feel that he is not “enough” to satisfy her. However, in the 2009 study, most men reported that a woman’s vibrator use was not a problem for them.
Vibrators can be purchased online, in sex shops, and at in-home sex toy parties. They can also be found in drug stores and some department stores.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine
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