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Study Suggests Use of Vibrators Can Improve Sexual Function
and Promote Health-Conscious Behavior

According to a study in the July 2009 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the use of vibrators can bring a new healthy “buzz” to the bedroom. The study suggests that both women and men can experience improved sexual function through the use of vibrators. Clinicians commonly recommend vibrators to treat female sexual dysfunction and for sexual enhancement, but in recent years clinicians have begun making the same recommendation to men.

“This study validates the ever-increasing role that vibrators are having in sexual relationships, whether with used with partners or by themselves,” says Dr. Irwin Goldstein,editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine and medical director of Alvarado Hospital’s sexual medicine program located in San Diego.

During April 2008, data were collected from more than a 1,000 men ages 18-60 in the United States and found that men engaging in solo and partnered sexual activities who had incorporated a vibrator into sexual activities during their lives was 44.8%, with 10% having done so in the past month, 14.2% in the past year, and 20.5% more than a year. The study found that men who had been recently using vibrators scored higher on four out of five domains of the International Index of Erectile Function, which includes erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function and sexual desires.

More than 2,000 women ages 18-60 participated in the study and the results yielded that 52.5% percent of women used vibrators. The results indicated that vibrator use is related with improved desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, pain, and overall function. Recent vibrator users scored higher on most sexual function domains indicating healthy sexual function.

Results of the study also indicate a significant increase of health-conscious behaviors in men and women who use vibrators. Female vibrator users were more likely to have had a gynecologic exam during the past year. They were also more likely to have performed a genital self-examination during the previous month. This could be a sign that vibrator users are more self-aware of their bodies than non-users. Men who used vibrators were more likely to engage in health conscious behavior such as testicular self-exams.

Overall, vibrator use with men and women is associated health-conscious behaviors and positive sexual function, and is rarely associated with side effects.

For more information about Alvarado Hospital's sexual medicine program, click here. To find a physician who specializes in sexual medicine, call 1-800-ALVARADO (1-800-258-2723) or click here.