Women's vibrator use in sexual partnerships: results from a nationally representative survey in the United States

J Sex Marital Ther. 2010;36(1):49-65. doi: 10.1080/00926230903375677.


Little is known about women's use of vibrators within sexual partnerships. Data were collected from a population-based, cross-sectional survey of 2056 women aged 18-60 years in the United States. Partnered vibrator use was common among heterosexual-, lesbian-, and bisexual-identified women. Most vibrator users indicated comfort using them with a partner and vibrator use was related to positive sexual function as measured by the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). In addition, partner knowledge and perceived liking of vibrator use was a significant predictor of sexual satisfaction for heterosexual women (p < .01). Clinical and research implications are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Self Stimulation*
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Vibration*
  • Young Adult