Masturbating doesn’t give you hairy palms and vibrators aren’t addictive, used only by singles (huh?!) or permanently desensitize your vagina (what?!)
So screw those myths—pun absolutely intended—vibrators, turns out, are actually pretty good for you. Just because your brain’s nerve receptors end up loving your sex toys (and why wouldn’t it? It gets the job done nicely) it doesn’t mean your body can’t benefit from it too.
The folks over at We-Vibe are using National Women’s Health Week to promote sexual health and pleasure, which I love. I mean, there were days when “women’s health” and “women’s sexual pleasure” weren’t linked—and if they were, they were maybe connected to words like “hysteria” and “Victorian masturbation tables.” Eek.
We-Vibe makes top-selling sexual wellness items, and is partnering with Mary Jane Minkin, MD, FACOG and author of The Yale Guide to Women’s Reproductive Health on their campaign for products. The campaign focuses on health benefits for women who have regular sex—while also promoting the awesome preventative and therapeutic elements that vibrators offer women. Yay! Don’t you just love vibrators?
“Sexual stimulation releases hormones that positively affect women’s overall health and well-being and keep the vagina youthful. The vagina, like any muscle, is best kept healthy with regular exercise–if you don’t use it, you can lose it,” Dr. Minkin said in the press release released by We-Vibe. Vibrators, while not desensitizing you or making it so that you can’t orgasm without one, offer stress reduction and better moods. Plus, vibrators can keep your desire for sex alive, making you yearn to be touched. I mean, I don’t know about you, but they also sort of helped me realize what I like. That’s pretty key.
Dr. Minkin also said, “When a patient is not particularly sexually active, I encourage her to consider a vibrator to help protect the pelvic floor by increasing the blood flow to that area of her body. Therapeutically, vibrator use can ward off conditions such as vaginal atrophy— vaginal dryness or a weakening of the muscle tone in the pelvic area that can lead to sexual dysfunction and painful sex.”
Middle aged or older women should use vibrators to maintain blood flow to the pelvis, which can help during peri-menopause, menopause or post-menopause stages of life.
So, please, this week, if you haven’t gone and gotten yourself something completely fantastic, use National Women’s Health Week to go crazy—first in the store, and then in the bedroom.