Who says vibrators are just for the ladies? Turns out, men are getting it on with the very popular sex toy far more famously than we ever thought. Recent research out of Indiana University indicates that the vibrator is not necessarily a guy's competition in the bedroom.

Truth be told, this popular vibrating device is his guilty pleasure, too. So what exactly did researchers uncover about this unspoken aspect of his pleasuring? And what are the benefits being reaped by both him and her when it comes to incorporating this third-party?

Sex therapists, sex educators, and physicians have long advised experimenting with vibrators to help people overcome a sexual disorder. The gadget has also been strongly recommended to improve a person’s or couple’s sexual pleasuring and satisfaction.

Yet to date, the vibrator has been largely cast as the female’s other significant other. Much of this is due to women unabashedly touting its ability to catapult her into her first orgasm or first multiple orgasms experience. Men, on the other hand, have been mum on the issue of vibrator use, seemingly uninterested beyond the competition it posed — that is until they were asked...

As reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers at Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion probed the matter of his and her vibrator use with two studies. In making no mistakes about the results, they went large-scale, with one study relying on nationally representative sample of 1,047 men, while the other involved 2,056 women.

Findings from the research demonstrated that a couple's vibrator use during sex play is common, with about 45 percent of men and 53 percent of women, ages 18 to 60, reporting such. The study focusing on men specifically found that 10 percent had used a vibrator in the last month, while over 14 percent had in the past year and over 20 percent over a year ago.

Both studies found, too, that using a vibrator is associated with more positive sexual functioning. Males reporting recent vibrator use were likelier to rate themselves higher when it came to sexual desire, erectile function, intercourse satisfaction and orgasmic function.

The studies further correlated vibrator use with an individual being more proactive in attending to one’s sexual health. Those reporting use, especially recent use, were likelier to report actively taking care of their sexual health, for example, conducting a testicular self-exam.

Equally interesting was the finding that challenged the stereotype that only gay or bisexual men use the sex toy. Researchers found no statistical difference when it came to one’s sexual orientation and prevalence. Heterosexual men did, however, most commonly report vibrator use during foreplay or intercourse with their partner.

When it came to the ladies, researchers learned that almost one in four had pleasured themselves with a vibrator in the last month. The studies users, in general, were:

— Much more likely to have had a gynecological exam in the past year.

— Significantly more likely to have performed a genital self-exam in the past month.

These gals also scored higher on survey items related to positive sexual functioning, like sexual excitement, desire, lubrication, orgasm and overall function.

Such findings complement a vibrator use study conducted by The Berman Center, which found that using this sex toy is actually good for you. Regardless of relationship status or age, vibrator use was associated with improved sexual function. Those using the gadget had greater sexual interest and desire. They also experienced better arousal, easier and more frequent climax, and less pain during and after sex.

Not surprisingly, these women experienced higher levels of sexual satisfaction, as well as heightened quality of life!

Researchers at The Berman Center further found that almost 60 percent of the women in relationships reported vibrator use compared to over one-third of single gals. Two-thirds of partners were also found to be in support of using a vibe.

Women also reported trying a vibrator mostly out of curiosity. Guy or gal, hopefully this article turned on yours!

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of Sexuality Source Inc. She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."

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