Sexual Wellness Resource Center
For Adults over 50.

Vibrators for dummies

By Michael Bates, M.D.

VibratorI know a lot about female anatomy and I understand sexuality and human sexual response, both medical school and residency training topics. But when a patient first asked me to recommend a reputable vibrator, I realized I knew NOTHING about vibrators!

To help us both I found a great resource, Sex Toys 101: A Playfully Uninhibited Guide, Venning, Caavanah, 2003. I was amazed by the sophistication, variety, technology, materials used in construction, and the number of options.

  • Materials
    • Rubber
    • Vinyl
    • Hard plastic
    • Silicone (reported as the best)
  • Cord (more powerful) or cordless
  • Standard, for direct clitoril stimulation, or dual, for penetration as well as clitoril stimulion

The current five top rated vibrators by Amazon:

  • Shibari
  • Magic Wand
  • Don Wand
  • Lelo Insignia
  • Lelo Mona

So what is the take home message?

  • Vibrators allow women to orgasm more easily, which can be a real help to older women as orgasm becomes difficult to achieve either by masturbation or with penetration.
  • They are ideal for women who have lost their partner.
  • They can be used to sexually enhance long-term healthy and loving relationships.

Begin with something small, use it with lubrication, Astroglide or Replens, and buy a cleaning product. One more thing, store your vibrator where the grandchildren are unlikely to find it! Visitor our store here to shop for vibrators.