Lifestyle

Don’t Get Addicted to Your Vibrator

No one here is telling you to throw out your vibrator, just to think before you fry your nerve endings.

In a 2009 survey on sexual practices,  50 percent of female participants had used a vibrator at some point in their lives and 70 percent reported no adverse side effects to their use of the product. Overall, the survey, conducted by the makers of Trojan sex products, painted a positive picture of vibrators’ influence on libido and general sexual satisfaction.

While vibrators are often prescribed for females suffering from anorgasmia and other disorders causing sexual dysfunction, excessive use could be causing such sexual health issues. Though largely anecdotal, friends and internet peers alike have expressed the inability to orgasm without these machines.

This phenomena reminded me of a condition that affects a small percentage of men: delayed ejaculation.  Most men with this disorder can only achieve orgasm through masturbation. While there are a variety of physical and psychological causes, delayed ejaculation is sometimes due to an unusual masturbation technique acquired during adolescence that cannot be replicated through other means.

Vibrators also create unrealistic expectations, not only for your partner but for yourself. I mean, who can compete with this:

According to the survey, repeated exposure to a vibrating object, penetrative or otherwise, contributes to irritation and temporary numbness. Though these effects were rarely reported, the financial support for the survey plus the small sample size of 2,056 women makes the findings a little less than concrete. Very few surveys or studies are done regarding sex, and when they are, they tend to be funded by condom/sex toy companies.

Until there’s more data to support either a pro- or anti-vibrator stance, take some time to get to know yourself. It may not be easy figuring out what you like, but if you’re dependent on a machine, how is your partner supposed to depend on you?

 

 

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