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Vibrators and Sex Therapy

Changes in a Woman’s Sexual Experience and Expectations Following the Introduction of Electric Vibrator Assistance

Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus PhD's Dissertation about changes in women's expectations and sexual experiences after using a vibrator and how vibrators can be used for medical and sex therapy purposes


Introduction: This study explores how a woman’s sexual expectations and experiences change when she introduces an electrical vibrator into her sexual activity.

Aim: Examine participants’ behavioral changes and changes in attitude and expectations after introducing a vibrator.

Methods: Seventeen heterosexual women, ages 23–55, who had never used a vibrator, used one at least once a week for 1 month and then participated in interviews about their experiences. The "grounded theory method", provided qualitative data from the interview transcripts.

Main Outcome Measures: Repeating ideas and themes were extracted and coded from all interviews. The researcher assessed whether the initial sample size was large enough to provide "saturation" (that is, did it appear that the same themes kept emerging) and continued interviewing until such a sample was determined.

Results: Six recurring concerns emerged: (i) change in orgasmic patterns; (ii) fear of using an outside, "unnatural" object; (iii) dependency; (iv) entitlement; (v) reaction of partners; and (vi) changes in sexual attitudes.

Conclusions: Sex therapy and medical clinicians recommending vibrator use to women, whether because of anorgasmia, female sexual arousal disorder, or any other sexual problems, should prepare their patients for changes in these areas.

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Published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine: International Society for Sexual Medicine, 2010

Author: Bat Sheva Marcus, LMSW, MPH, PhD
The Medical Center for Female Sexuality, New York, NY, USA
DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02132.x


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