Vibrators have been around for centuries, and although Dr Joseph Mortimer Granville patented an “electromechanical vibrator” in the Victorian era, there are versions of the vibrator that date back to 1734. So why are we shy about talking about them?
Vibrators come in all different shapes and sizes to suit everyone’s needs. Some are big, some are small, some textured, some smooth. There are even vibrators for men to introduce new sensations to solo fun and foreplay.
Vibrators can be used both internally and externally, using the tip of the shaft for clitoral stimulation. Some vibrators are specifically designed for G-Spot stimulation, such as the LELO Gigi v2, and for some women, a G-Spot vibrator is a necessity for reaching orgasm. Manual G-Spot stimulation can be difficult for some women as they may find that it’s relatively high, and certain sexual positions may reduce the ability for their partner’s penis to reach it during intercourse.
“Classic” vibrators are also suitable for both internal and external stimulation, but they do not have a curved design. The OhMiBod Discover is petite and discreet, while the Dream is longer and is roughly the same size as the average penis, but both products offer satisfying vibrations that stimulate both the clitoris and G-Spot independently.
Some vibrators have added features, such as the Mystim range. These Estim products have electro-stimulation capabilities, which can be used separately or combined with “traditional” vibrations, allowing for a truly satisfying sexual experience.
Rabbit vibrators combine G-Spot and clitoral stimulation, as they have the same features as a vibrator with the added bonus of clitoris stimulating arm. This arm is often referred to as the “ears” of the rabbit, hence the name. Some rabbit vibrators, such as the Roxy Rabbit from Rocks Off, have kept this design, whereas other rabbit vibrators, such as the LELO Ina v2, have a smooth stimulating arm.
The first dual external and internal sex toys were known as animal vibrators, and were made by a company called Vibratex in 1983. Although the company was American, the products were made in Japan, where at the time it wasn’t acceptable to manufacture vibrators. To get around this, the bright colours and animal shapes were introduced.
In 1984, Vibratex settled on the rabbit as their favoured choice, but there had been the Beaver, Kangaroo and Turtle before the Rampant Rabbit we have today! In 1999, after that famous episode of Sex and the City, rabbit vibrators became more mainstream. However, the sex toy boom can also be put down to the introduction of online shopping due to how discreet a transaction became.
Rabbit vibrators have become more innovative in recent years to offer new sensations and to diversify the market. For instance, Fun Factory spent a lot of time on the design of their Miss Bi vibrator, which is curved to fit the female anatomy more comfortably.
Other rabbit vibrators move in different ways too; the LELO Ina Wave rises and falls with come-hither motions, while the Fun Factory Bi Stronic Fusion thrusts backwards and forwards with the vibrations emanating from the uniquely shaped clitoral stimulator. The We-Vibe Nova, meanwhile, has an ultra-flexible arm that stays in contact with the clitoris and labia even when thrusting the vibrator in and out of the body.
As mentioned above, internal toys can be used externally, using the tip of the shaft to stimulate the clitoris and the vulva. However, there are also sex toys that are designed specifically for external use. These smaller vibrators are great for women who still enjoy stimulation and wish to reach orgasm, but are unable to experience penetration due to illness or medical disability.
Like internal vibrators, external vibrators come in a range of shapes and sizes too. The RO-80mm, for example, looks like a small vibrator, while the Mia v2 looks like lipstick! These bullet vibrators allow for precise stimulation, while some clitoral stimulators are wider. The Siri v2, for instance, feels like the tip of the shaft of an internal vibrator, but is only meant for external use. This design allows for a mix of precise application, using the very tip, or stronger, fuller stimulation. The OhMiBod Smile has a similarly ergonomic handle, but it’s design specifically pin-points the clitoris for powerful stimulation.
Both men and women can enjoy anal play, but when using a vibrator, it is highly important that you only use a vibrator that has specifically been designed for anal use. This is because anal vibrators, such as the Rocks Off Butt Quiver, are designed with a protective ridge near the base of the toy to ensure full insertion of the product doesn’t happen. Basically, it prevents anything from getting lost!
Male vibrators go over the penis, adding new sensations to foreplay and solo fun. Sex toys such as the Fleshlight Vibro Touch Unit combine realistic vaginal sensations with vibrations, ensuring the ultimate sexual experience.
The Rocks Off Hand Solo 7 Speed vibrator has an opening, and provides vibrations to the shaft of the penis. The Cobra Libre v2, on the other hand, rests on top of the penis, which is then massaged by the powerful motors within.
There are also vibrators that can help to alleviate symptoms of ED. The Pulse III Solo from Hot Octopuss can be used when the penis is flaccid or erect, making it an incredibly versatile toy that introduces new sensations to masturbation. the Pulse III Solo has an oscillating plate that stimulates the frenulum when erect or the tip of the penis when flaccid.
While you can incorporate sex toys designed specifically for men or women into your foreplay, you can also share the extra stimulations together! A vibrating cock ring, such as the Mio from Je Joue, sits at the base of the penis, restricting blood flow and in turn engorging the penis, making the erection bigger and harder. Clitoral stimulation is achieved via the curved pointed tip, meaning sex for her is a mind blowing experience!
There are also remote controlled sex toys available, which are great for people with limited manual dexterity. The We-Vibe 4 Plus not only has remote control use, but can also be controlled via the app for tech-savvy lovers. The toy stimulates both the clitoris and G-Spot, and during penetration the penis is also stimulated by the vibrations. Alternatively, use the app or remote for hands free fun!
Hot Octopuss also have a couples’ vibrator that encourages sexual intimacy between men suffering from ED and their female partner. Like the Solo, the Pulse III Duo uses oscillating plates to stimulate the flaccid or erect penis, but the Duo also has a vibrating underplate to stimulate the clitoris. This is great for couples who are no longer able to enjoy penetrative sex but are looking to maintain their sex life.
Some sex toys have multiple uses. Body massagers, such as the Doxy massager, can be used to relieve general aches and pains you may be experiencing. Also known as wand massagers, body massagers are large enough to use on your own to reach niggling shoulders. Alternatively, mix up your foreplay or alone time together and get buzzing!
It may sound silly, but some people genuinely don’t know how to use a vibrating product. The key is going slow- don’t try and insert the vibrator straight away. If it’s your first time with a vibrating sex toy, go through the various settings first and feel the different vibration patterns on your hand or thigh to see what you like and to really get a feel of the product.
If you have an internal, or “innie” toy as they are commonly referred to, use the tip of the shaft on and around your clitoris first. Think of it as foreplay! Once you’re really in the mood, lubricate the vibrator up and experiment- leave the vibrator to do it’s job, or manoeuvre it in and out of you. It’s your play time, do what feels good for you!
Sex toy hygiene is important, as incorrectly cleaning your toy could spread bacteria or viruses. Using a toy cleaning spray, such as LELO’s Antibacterial Cleaning Spray reliably kills off 99.99% of bacteria. Alternatively, you can use pjur med Cleaning Fleece Wipes, which are skin safe and 100% perfume and alcohol free.
If you run out of a skin safe sex toy cleaning product in between use of your sex toys, you can use soap and water. Don’t be tempted to use an antibacterial product that isn’t specifically designed for cleaning sex toys, however, as that could potentially be harmful.
It’s also unhygienic to use a vibrator for both anal and vaginal use, as bacteria can be transferred from the anus to the vagina and could lead to infection.
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