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How to Buy, Use, and Play Safe with Vibrators


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Vibrators do something no human body can. They move faster, more consistently, and for longer periods of time than any fingers ever could and by simply adding extra stimulation to sex play vibrators can be a wonderful addition to sex. As you read on about vibrators keep in mind that while they are wonderful things, vibrators aren’t solutions to sexual problems you may be having with a partner, they are a tool and a toy.

People use vibrators externally, internally, or both. Vibrators for penetration may be safe for vaginal or anal penetration, but be sure you’re vibe is safe for anal use before using it that way.

Anyone can use a vibrator, they aren’t made for certain genders or certain kinds of bodies, they’re made for a function. If you’re new to vibrators below you’ll find answers to common questions about vibrators, tips on how to choose vibrators, reviews of vibrators, and vibrator safety tips. If you want you can test your knowledge with our vibrators quiz.

How Many People Use Vibrators?

People of every age, socio-economic class, race, gender, sexual identity, and political and religious affiliation use vibrators. That said, not everyone uses them, and they aren’t “required” for a great sex life. The point is that everyone has (or should have, depending on the state you live in) the right to sexual choice and experimentation, which for many people includes using vibrators.

Why Use Vibrators?

There are as many reasons to use a vibrator as there are reasons to feel good. Some common reasons include:
  • Curiosity
  • Self-discovery
  • Spicing up a long-term sexual relationship
  • Help experiencing orgasms
  • Extra stimulation
  • Just for fun

How to Use Vibrators

Vibrators may be the last consumer product group to come with absolutely no instructions or manuals from the manufacturers. At first blush you may think your vibrator doesn’t need a manual, but there are hundreds of different things to do with a vibrator, and if you’ve never used one a few pointers may be appreciated.

Different Types of Vibrators

Shopping for your first vibrator can be a daunting experience. There are dozens of different styles and thousands of different products, and few stores offer guidance on where to start. Differences in vibrator material, price and quality, and function account for most of the variation.

Which are the Best Vibrators?

Finding the vibrator that’s right for you depends on answering some basic questions, including:
  • What do you want to use the vibrator for?
  • What’s the best material for your vibrator to be made from?
  • What is your budget?
  • What do you want your vibrator to look like?
  • Is quality more important than cost?
Vibrators do differ wildly in terms of quality, but you should be able to find a vibrator in your price range that can be used safely.

Where to Buy Vibrators

Adult sex toy stores and video stores are obvious places to find vibrators. Some department stores carry electric vibrators as well, but they’ll be called “personal massagers.” There are thousands of websites large and small where you can buy vibrators. If you’re looking for a recommendation you can check out our sex shop reviews (feel free to add your own favorites), or the sex shop hall of fame.

Safety of Vibrators

Like any other kind of sex, it pays to think a little in advance about safer sex with vibrators. Keeping safe while playing with vibrators isn’t hard, but it does require a little communication and forethought, and it’s easier to do when buying vibrators from reputable sex shops. Here are some things to think about before you buy.

Vibrator Reviews

These vibrator reviews cover the pros and cons of new and classic electric and battery-powered vibrators. Remember that the best vibrator is the one that works the way you want it to, and isn’t incredibly over priced.

Questions About Vibrators

There are a lot of myths about vibrators that can lead you to think that vibrators are a bad idea. As long as you’re shopping smart, and use your vibrator properly, vibrators are a completely safe way to explore sexual pleasure. Here are some answers to common questions about vibrator safety.
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