According to a national survey of more than 3,000 Americans, most people feel positively about women using vibrators. The survey, which included men and women ages 18 to 60 examined their beliefs about vibrators. The participants, 2,056 women and 1,047 men, were mostly middle age, white and educated.
Participants were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with positive beliefs, like a vibrator "makes it easier for a woman to have an orgasm," and "is a healthy part of many women's sex lives," and negative beliefs, such as, “a vibrator makes women too dependent on them for pleasure," and "is intimidating to women's partners.”
Roughly half of the participants "agreed" with all positive beliefs about vibrators, and only less than 10 percent of participants endorsed negative beliefs.
2. Women with positive beliefs who had used vibrators in the past 30 days reported higher levels of arousal, lubrication, orgasm and sexual satisfaction, and lower levels of pain during sex, than those with positive beliefs who hadn't used the vibrators or other sex toys as recently.
3. Women who feel better about their bodies and sex in general may be more likely to use vibrators, or there could be something specific about vibrator use that enhances women’s self image.
4. About 53 percent of women and 45 percent of men had used vibrators in their lifetimes. Past studies, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, found an association between vibrator use and positive sexual function.
5. Understanding of the potential benefits of sex toys. Vibrator use among women who held negative beliefs didn't have the same relationship to boosted sexual function as those who held positive beliefs, for instance.
6. Importantly, one common misbelieved fact overturned by the study is that men are threatened or intimidated by sex toys. While 37 percent of women agreed with the statement that vibrators are intimidating to their partners, 70 percent of men disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement.
7. Vibrator use was related to sexual satisfaction particularly when a woman's partner knew she had been using vibrators and felt positively about it. Women who used vibrators with their partners were more sexually satisfied than those who used them only when alone or not at all.
8. Women who enjoy vibrators during masturbation also enjoy using one with a partner. It's not just the vibrator use that’s important, but being able to share those parts of your sexuality with your partner that matters.
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