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Sex toys and sensuality: The lowdown on using a vibrator

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"Melissa," in New Haven, CT writes with an interesting question: “I’m thinking about buying a vibrator… is that weird? Also, I’m wondering whether they are really safe.”

Well, let me start out by telling you that using a vibrator, either individually or with a partner, can be a completely normal and healthy part of an adult sexual experience. Now, as far as safety is concerned, as long as you use it properly -- as directed -- there are no inherent risks to your lady bits. So, there's no need to worry about that.

A word of warning, though: using a vibrator can cause desensitization in women, as well as in men who use a vibrator for their own fun. A vibrator uses a different kind of stimulation and sensation that is often more intense, and also one that cannot be replicated by human touch alone. So, if you are relying on a vibrator to achieve the “big O” you may find that you become desensitized to other types of more gentle stimulation, meaning you can’t get there without using a vibrator.

Now, for some women who have difficulty achieving climax without a vibrator, this is not going to be a problem, because they’d be using one anyhow. But women who like to have other tricks in their bag may not want to go down a path from which there is no return. So I would just say proceed with caution, but feel free to experiment and have fun; it’s completely normal. Good luck!

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