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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.



About the Author

Michael Bates, M.D.

Dr Bates practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 34 years in Wichita, Kansas, until his retirement in 2011.

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