Whether you’re shopping for your first vibrator or looking to expand your collection, shopping for sex toys can feel very overwhelming. While the category is certainly becoming less taboo with each year passing, and more people are feeling comfortable and confident sharing their experiences with vibrators, chances are you may still have a lot of questions to ask. What are the different types of vibrators? What’s the difference between internal and external stimulation? How should you clean your vibrator? Getting clued up on all things vibrators and sex toys will help to guide you not only in purchasing a vibrator, but in using it to its full potential.
To kick things off, sex expert and co-founder of The Oh Collective, Diana Lin answers your top questions about vibrators.
How loud are vibrators?
“The noise level of a vibrator can vary depending on the type, size, and power of the vibrator. Some vibrators are designed to be quieter than others, while others may produce a louder or more noticeable sound. The Oh Collective vibrators are all powerful with whisper-soft purrs and are all less than 50Db, which is similar to a quiet refrigerator. Additionally, you can try using your vibrator under a blanket or with background music to muffle the rumble.”
Can I use vibrators with a partner?
“Absolutely! Vibrators are an amazing tool to spice up your bedroom fun with a partner, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. They can provide intense pleasure for both parties and come in many shapes and sizes to fit every need. From gentle vibrations designed to tease and tantalize to ultra-powerful intensities that leave you trembling – there’s something for everyone! When using a vibrator with a partner, it’s important to communicate openly about what feels good and what doesn’t, and to respect each other’s boundaries and preferences. It can be helpful to experiment with different types of vibrators and different types of stimulation to find what works best for both partners.”
Can I use vibrators alone?
“Of course! Vibrators are a great way to explore your own pleasure and discover what truly turns you on. Whether you’re looking for some gentle teasing or want to turn up the intensity, solo play with a vibrator is a great way to experience both. In fact, many people use vibrators as part of their regular masturbation routine, as they can provide more intense and varied sensations than manual stimulation alone. Best part of using vibrators alone? It’s totally private – so if you want to take your time, you don’t have to worry about anyone else watching.”
Are vibrators safe?
“First and foremost, it’s important to choose a vibrator that is made from body-safe materials, and it’s also important to clean your vibrator properly after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria. In terms of frequency of use, it is possible to use a vibrator too much, which can lead to desensitization or temporary numbness in the areas being stimulated. However, this is typically a temporary effect that goes away with a break from using the vibrator. It’s important to listen to your body and to avoid using a vibrator in a way that causes discomfort or pain. If you experience any pain or discomfort during or after using a vibrator, it’s important to stop using it and to seek medical attention if necessary. Overall, vibrators can be a safe and healthy way to enhance sexual pleasure and explore your sexuality, as long as they are used properly and in moderation.”
Is it normal to use vibrators?
“Whether you’re in a relationship or flying solo, using a vibrator is perfectly normal and can be a positive part of sexual exploration and self-care. It’s an excellent way to explore your body and its limits, as well as learn about pleasure on your own terms – so don’t be afraid to get creative with your vibrator and experiment! Vibrators can also be helpful for people who have difficulty achieving orgasm or for those who want to explore their bodies and sexual preferences. Plus, it can even help add some extra spice to partnered sex, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of vibes in the bedroom.”
What's the best way to keep a vibrator clean/sanitised?
“Keeping your vibrator clean and sanitized is an important part of maintaining good sexual health and hygiene. Before you clean your vibrator, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and care. Some vibrators may have specific cleaning requirements or may not be waterproof, so it’s important to follow the instructions carefully. One of the easiest ways to clean a vibrator is to use mild soap and water. Simply rinse the vibrator with warm water and apply a small amount of soap to a clean cloth or your hands. Gently clean the vibrator, being careful not to get water near any charging or battery ports. If you prefer, you can also use a specially formulated sex toy cleaner to clean your vibrator. These cleaners are designed to be gentle and effective at removing dirt and bacteria from sex toys. After cleaning and sanitizing your vibrator, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing it with other sex toys or materials, as this can increase the risk of bacterial growth. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your vibrator stays clean and hygienic, and that you can enjoy it safely and comfortably for years to come.”
What are the different types of vibrators?
“There are many different types of vibrators available on the market, each designed to provide a unique sensation or type of stimulation.”
1. Bullet vibrators: These small, discreet vibrators are usually designed for external stimulation and are often used for clitoral stimulation.
2. Wand vibrators: These large, powerful vibrators are designed for full-body massage and can be used for both external and internal stimulation.
3. G-spot vibrators: These vibrators are designed to target the G-spot, a highly sensitive area located inside the vagina.
4. Rabbit vibrators: These vibrators have a shaft for internal stimulation and a clitoral stimulator attached to the base, providing simultaneous stimulation to both areas.
5. Finger vibrators: These small, wearable vibrators are designed to fit on a finger, making them easy to use and allowing for more precise control.
6. Couples’ vibrators: These vibrators are designed to be used during sex with a partner, providing stimulation to both partners at the same time.
7. Prostate massagers: These vibrators are designed to stimulate the prostate gland, which is located inside the anus and is often referred to as the male G-spot.
8. App-controlled vibrators: These vibrators can be controlled using a smartphone app, allowing for remote control and more discreet use.
“There are also many other types of vibrators available, including anal vibrators, suction vibrators, and more. Ultimately, the best type of vibrator for you will depend on your personal preferences and needs.”
Can you use vibrators with lube?
“Using lube can enhance the experience by providing more comfort and pleasure. When using a vibrator with lube, it can help reduce friction and make insertion and movement of the vibrator smoother and more enjoyable.”
What's the difference between internal and external stimulation?
“Internal and external stimulation refer to different types of sexual stimulation that can be achieved using a vibrator or other sex toy. External stimulation typically involves stimulating the external erogenous zones of the body, such as the clitoris, vulva, or nipples. Vibrators designed for external stimulation often have smaller, more compact shapes and are designed to be held against the body to provide focused stimulation to these areas. Internal stimulation, on the other hand, involves stimulating erogenous zones inside the body, such as the G-spot or the prostate gland. Vibrators designed for internal stimulation are typically longer and often have a curved or angled shape to provide more targeted stimulation to these areas. Both internal and external stimulation can be pleasurable and can lead to orgasm, and some vibrators are designed to provide both types of stimulation simultaneously. Ultimately, the type of stimulation that feels best will depend on individual preferences and needs, and it can be helpful to experiment with different types of stimulation and different types of vibrators to find what works best for you.”