Vibrator Study: Positive Beliefs About Vibrators Linked To Good Sex

Attention, ladies: Using a vibrator could—are you ready for this?—lead to higher sexual satisfaction. Shocking, right? Interestingly, though, this link only holds true for women with positive attitudes toward vibrators. Apparently, you need to believe in your vibrator in order for it to help you; women who used vibrators but had negative beliefs about them experienced no equivalent sexual satisfaction boost.

The vibrator study comes from Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, where researchers sought to answer a very pressing academic question: How do Americans feel about women using vibrators? And do beliefs about vibrator use correspond to hot sex?

Turns out, most people feel quite positively about vibrator use. In the Center’s survey of more than 3,000 Americans ages 18 to 60, about 75% of women and 80% of men surveyed said they believe vibrators “make it easier for a woman to have an orgasm,” and are “a healthy part of many women’s sex lives.”

Fewer than 10% said vibrators “make women too dependent on them for pleasure” or are “intimidating to women’s partners.”

The study also found positive beliefs about vibrators were associated with higher levels of sexual satisfaction. Women with a good attitude about vibrators who had used one in the past 30 days reported higher levels of overall sexual arousal, lubrication and orgasm, and lower levels of pain during sex.

But what comes first—the sexual satisfaction or the love egg?

Researchers aren’t sure. Women who feel more positively about their bodies and sex in general may be both more likely to use vibrators, and less likely to have sexual problems. Similarly, women without sexual problems, or women with high sex drives to begin with, may be both more sexually satisfied all around and more likely to use a vibrator.

But there could also be something about vibrator use in and of itself that contributes to better overall sex, says study leader Debra Herbenick. “It’s probably a little bit of both.”

Self-hating vibrator users—women who held negative beliefs about vibrators but had used one in the past 30 days—didn’t report the same boost in sexual satisfaction or function as vibrator-positive ladies. This suggests that for women with low sex drives or problems with sexual function, “it’s not as simple” as saying “you should go use a vibrator,” Herbenick said.

Doctors or sex therapists “probably need to provide some education and reassurance that this is a common part of women’s sexuality ” as well, she added, “so that women who have never used them before or who have certain ideas about vibrator use can feel more positive about it before actually using them.”

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    • Chuck

      I would like to read a survey on Fleshlight or sex dolls for men during sex, and their woman’s responses…