Beliefs about women's vibrator use: results from a nationally representative probability survey in the United States

J Sex Marital Ther. 2011;37(5):329-45. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2011.606745.


Women's vibrator use is common in the United States, although little is known about beliefs about its use. Elicitation surveys and interviews informed the development of a 10-item scale, the Beliefs About Women's Vibrator Use Scale, which was administered to a nationally representative probability sample of adults ages 18 to 60 years. Most women and men held high positive and low negative beliefs about women's vibrator use. Women with positive beliefs reported higher Female Sexual Function Index scores related to arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain (indicating less pain).

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Homosexuality, Female / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Masturbation / epidemiology*
  • Masturbation / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • United States
  • Vibration
  • Women's Health
  • Young Adult