Q: Do male vibrators work? Are there any tips to buying and using one? Also do vibrators work for everyone?
A: Male vibrators work just like vibrators for women, except that they're designed more for anal insertion. So, they're typically a bit smaller and may be shaped a bit different (as you can see in the picture to the left). Most vibrators for men are essentially "butt plugs" or "anal dildos" that also vibrate. But men can just as easily use vibrators designed for women and vice versa. Anal-play toys can be used by anyone with a butt!
Many men enjoy anal play and using vibrators, because men can access their prostate through the anus. The prostate is a small, walnut-sized bulb that is about an inch into the rectum. It can easily be felt with aroused by sticking a finger into the anus, pointing it toward the belly-button, and feeling against the rectal wall. It often feels like a slightly wrinkled and semi-rigid bulb that rises above of the smooth walls of the rectum. This organ gets engorged with blood and becomes increasingly sensitive when a man is aroused, just like the penis. Stimulating the prostate feels very pleasurable for most men (gay or straight) and many men can orgasm just from prostate stimulation alone (this is sometimes called "prostate milking"). Just remember to use plenty of lube, because the anus doesn't produce its own lubrication like the vagina does.
Answers provided by Dr. Ross Avilla
Dr. Ross Avilla has been teaching Human Sexuality since 2013 and has a PhD in psychology from UC Davis. Dr. Avilla is not a clinician and all information and advice offered on this website is for educational purposes only.