Q: Will frequent use of vibrators desensitize future feeling/pleasure?
A: Some people worry that using a vibrator will be "so good" or so pleasurable that you won't be able to go back to not using a vibrator for sexual stimulation (as shown in this scene for "Sex in the City"). However, research shows that using vibrators and other sex toys that enliven sexual stimulation actually help to train the body and nervous system to experience pleasure more easily in the future. It's like working out a muscle or training the body to perform a certain skill, it gets better and easier with practice. So, if using a vibrator is pleasurable to you, keep doing it! It will actually increase your sensitivity and sexual pleasure in future sexual encounters, even if you aren't using a vibrator during sex.
In general, vibrators are a wonderful thing for the sex lives of women. Regular use of vibrators has been shown to increase sexual pleasure, increase vaginal wetness during sex, ease menstrual cramping in women, and even help cure vaginismus (pain experienced during vaginal penetration). It is one of the best tools to improve a woman's sex life. And, of course, men can also benefit from vibrators if they enjoy anal stimulation.
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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.