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Sex Toys for Men

By Michael Bates, M.D.

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Sex toys have for the most part been designed for women, but more men are coming to realize their benefits. They are recommended by therapists and physicians to help treat sexual dysfunction and to improve sexual enjoyment. They can be used in conjunction with medical treatment for erectile dysfunction or they can be used for enhancing sexual performance and enjoyment in those without erectile dysfunction.

A 2009 study about male vibrator use by Michael Reece at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, University of Indiana, reported 45 percent of men ages 18-60 had used a vibrator during sexual activity. 

Men most commonly reported use of vibrators during foreplay or intercourse with a female partner. Couples also use vibrators for sexual prostate massage. Prostate massage with penile stimulation can produce stronger and more powerful orgasms that penile stimulation alone.

The conclusion of the study was that vibrator use by men during solo or partnered sex was common and associated with a variety of positive sexual function health benefits. 

Besides vibrators, what products are available for men?

The penile ring, also called the cock ring, is placed around the base of the penis. The ring permits blood flow into the penis for erection formation and reduces blood flow out from the penis to maintain the erection. This is possible because the pressure for filling is greater than the pressure for out flow.

A ring can enhance sexual pleasure by producing larger erections and delaying and intensifying orgasm. Vibrating rings are also available, increasing penile, vulvar, clitoral, and perineal pleasurable sensations. 

In those suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), the ring can be used in conjunction with a penis pump. The pump creates the erection hydrodynamically. The ring is slipped off the base of the pump and onto the base of the penis as the pump is released and removed, thus holding the erection.

Although pumps are primarily recommended for treatment of erectile dysfunction, they can also be used for pleasure, combined with masturbation.

Masturbation is normal, very common and has many health benefits. I talk about those benefits in “Masturbation, Facts, not Myths.” The following is a quick review of those benefits:

  • Reduction of stress and tension.
  • No performance anxiety.
  • Blood flow to the penis is improved which promotes sexual awareness and satisfaction.

Male masturbators enhance the pleasure of masturbation. They are known as sleeves and can be bought with vibrator options. The Flight Pilot is a well-known product of this type.

Stimulation of the prostate offers a number of health and sexual pleasure benefits. There is a thorough explanation of both in my article entitled “The Perineum, the Anus, and the Prostate Gland as Erogenous Zones.” A brief review includes:

  • Diagnosis of prostatitis.
  • Treatment of prostatitis.
  • Treatment of prostatic hypertrophy.
  • Reduction of risk of developing prostatic cancer.
  • Enhancement of sexual pleasure.

The prostate can be stimulated externally by putting pressure on the perineum between the scrotum and the anus and internally through the rectum. Internal stimulation is more direct and intense and can be done with a finger or with prostate massagers.

Prostate massagers come in many designs such as beads, vibrators, or plugs. They are made from silicone, glass or metal. The best sellers are the silicone products. Massagers produce powerful, long-lasting orgasms and intense ejaculation. 

So what is the take home message? Sex toys for men used during solo and partnered sex is common and growing. They are associated with improved sexual function and a wide variety of positive sexual health benefits. Talk over incorporating a sex toy with your partner, you both are likely to enhance your sexual pleasure.

 

 

 

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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