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J Sex Marital Ther. 2010;36(1):49-65. doi: 10.1080/00926230903375677.

Women's vibrator use in sexual partnerships: results from a nationally representative survey in the United States.

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  • 1Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA.


Little is known about women's use of vibrators within sexual partnerships. Data were collected from a population-based, cross-sectional survey of 2056 women aged 18-60 years in the United States. Partnered vibrator use was common among heterosexual-, lesbian-, and bisexual-identified women. Most vibrator users indicated comfort using them with a partner and vibrator use was related to positive sexual function as measured by the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). In addition, partner knowledge and perceived liking of vibrator use was a significant predictor of sexual satisfaction for heterosexual women (p < .01). Clinical and research implications are discussed.

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