Do vibrators cause desensitization of the
Q from a Male, Sophomore student at Duke
University: I heard once that vibrators cause
some desensitization of the clitoris. Is this true?
I use mine by applying it directly to my clitoris,
so that I need to know if it's bad for me in the
long run. I wouldn't want to do something that
would cause me to go without future pleasure.
Dr. Caron's Answer: No need to worry. The
vibrator is very safe & very effective in
stimulating the clitoris. There is no evidence to
suggest it will lead to any structural damage or
desensitize - so enjoy! I assume that by applying
the vibrator directly on your clitoris, it leads
you to orgasm most quickly. You might think about
varying your technique (I know, you're probably
thinking: why change a good thing?). What's great
about the vibrator is that you can learn to extend
and build to terrific orgasms. So you might want to
think about varying your approach. For example,
consider stimulating the clitoris for a few minutes
and then "backing off" just before orgasm by
stimulating the area around it, or putting a towel
between you and the clitoris for a few minutes. By
doing this several times, you may find your orgasm
is much more intense, extended, and pleasurable.
© 2008, Sandra L.
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Dr. Sandra L.
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