Vibrator use among heterosexual men varies by partnership status: results from a nationally representative study in the United States

J Sex Marital Ther. 2010;36(5):389-407. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2010.510774.


This nationally representative study documents that vibrator use among heterosexually identified men in the United States is common, with 43.8% reporting use of a vibrator at some point in their lives, with most vibrator use by heterosexual men occurring within the context of sexual interactions with a female partner. Approximately 94% of male vibrator users reported that they had used a vibrator during sexual play with a partner, and 82% reported that they had used a vibrator during sexual intercourse. These data support the work of therapists and educators who often make recommendations for the incorporation of vibrators into partnered relationships.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Heterosexuality / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Masturbation / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Prevalence
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Vibration*
  • Young Adult