Well, not really…

An interesting study done by Indiana University students found that using a vibrator is closely correlated with better sexual functioning and being proactive towards ones sexual health.  Respondents who said they used a vibrator regularly scored higher in many areas of sexual function, including ease of orgasm, desire, level of arousal.  And this will make health care providers smile-  Vibrator users were significantly more likely to have had a gynecological or testicular exam during the past year.  Full article here: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/10877.html

Now I love sexology studies and all that they provide to enlighten us about human sexual behavior and health, but one thing a study like this can’t do is confirm causality.  For instance, vibrator use and getting an OB/GYN exam are correlated according to the statistics gathered in this IU study, but why?

Here’s my sex-positive hypothesis:

People who are comfortable enough with their own sexual agency and their desired to go out and buy a vibrator are also probably more aware of their own sexual health issues.  They probably pay more attention to their bodies and notice when something goes wrong.  People who use vibrators have acknowledged that they are sexual beings and thus have a more positive outlook on sexual health and the necessity of gynecology work.

On the level of basic sexual functioning, I think the connection is even easier to make.  Healthcare providers across the country have been suggesting vibrators as a safe, non-invasive way of treating sexual dysfunctions for years.   Vibrators teach your body how to respond.  So people who use a vibrator, either on their own or with their partner, know what their body does and how it reacts to all sorts of stimuli, making it easier for them to simply relax and enjoy sex.   And these statistics and associations apply to men (who use vibrators much more often than societal convention would have you believe) as well as women!

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