By Diana Kelly
In a recent article on Shape.com, they reported that men have been making surprising purchases before the World Cup games—sex toys! The article said that 2014 Global Sex Survey by luxury sex toy brand Lelo reported, “4 out of 5 male customers buy sex toys for their ladies one week before a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl, Tour de France, and, of course, World Cup.” The study findings indicate that men were picking up sexy gifts in anticipation of blowing off their partners to tune into the game, according to the article on Shape.com. So whether your guy is MIA because he’s got World Cup fever, or he’s so pumped after a great game that he’d be up introducing a battery-operated boyfriend into the mix, here are a few reasons why toys in the bedroom are good for both of you
It’s more common than you’d think.
Two Indiana University studies conducted among samples of adult American men and women show that vibrator use during sexual interactions is common, with approximately 53 percent of women and 45 percent of men ages 18 to 60 using them. Not only is vibrator use common, but the two studies also show that vibrator use is associated with more positive sexual function and being more proactive in caring for one’s sexual health, according to the press release on University. “The study about women’s vibrator use affirms what many doctors and therapists have known for decades—that vibrator use is common, it’s linked to positive sexual function such as desire and ease of orgasm, and it’s rarely associated with any side effects,” said Debby Herbenick, associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, in a press release on the Indiana University website.
Vibrator use is linked to positive health practices.
Women who use vibrators are more likely to take care of their sexual health, engaging in each of two out of the three health-conscious behaviors like a gynecological exam, and gynecological self-exam, according to the Indiana University study findings.
You’re more likely to have positive sexual function.
The women in the study who used vibrators reported a positive correlation several aspects of sexual function (desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, pain and overall function) with recent vibrator users scoring themselves higher on most sexual function domains, suggesting more positive sexual function, according to the studies.
Over 70 percent of the women in the Indiana University study finding reported never experiencing any side effects associated with vibrator use. If they did report side effects, they were rare and numbness didn’t last long.
They’re fun in partnered sex.
If you’re worried about your guy thinking you want your sex toy more than him, tell him that you heard vibrators can enhance your sex life and you’d like to try them out with him, suggests sex therapist Lori Buckley, Psy.D., in an article on WomensHealthMag.com. You can buy a vibrator together, or, let him watch you use your favorite one on yourself and show him where your hot spots are. There’s a good chance he’ll get pretty turned on watching you get aroused. If you buy couples sex toys or are wondering about sharing them on one another, “If you feel that you need to keep using condoms with your partner to avoid infection, don’t share unprotected sex toys either,” says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D. in the article on WomensHealthMag.com. The article advises you put a condom over the vibrator, and always clean it or put a new condom on it before using it in different orifices to prevent the transfer of bacteria and germs.