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Prevalence and Characteristics of Vibrator Use by Men in the United States

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  • Michael Reece PhD, MPH,

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    1. Indiana University—Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Bloomington, IN, USA;
      Michael Reece, PhD, MPH, Indiana University—Center for Sexual Health Promotion, 1025 East Seventh Street, HPER 116, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. Tel: 812-855-0068; Fax: 812-855-3936; E-mail: mireece@indiana.edu
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  • Debra Herbenick PhD, MPH,

    1. Indiana University—Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Bloomington, IN, USA;
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  • Stephanie A. Sanders PhD,

    1. Indiana University—Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Bloomington, IN, USA;
    2. Indiana University—Department of Gender Studies, Bloomington, IN, USA;
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  • Brian Dodge PhD,

    1. Indiana University—Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Bloomington, IN, USA;
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  • Annahita Ghassemi PhD,

    1. Church & Dwight Co., Inc.—Princeton, NJ, USA;
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  • J. Dennis Fortenberry MD, MS

    1. Indiana University—Division of Adolescent Medicine, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA
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Michael Reece, PhD, MPH, Indiana University—Center for Sexual Health Promotion, 1025 East Seventh Street, HPER 116, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA. Tel: 812-855-0068; Fax: 812-855-3936; E-mail: mireece@indiana.edu

ABSTRACT

Introduction.  While vibrating products have been recommended by clinicians for the treatment of male sexual dysfunctions, knowledge is lacking with regard to the prevalence of vibrator use among men in the United States, the characteristics of men who use vibrators, and whether there are relations between vibrator use and sexual function among men.

Aims.  To establish lifetime and recent prevalence rates for vibrator use by men in the United States, to document the characteristics of men who use vibrators and their reasons for using vibrators, and to explore relations between men's vibrator use and sexual function.

Methods.  During April 2008, data were collected from a population-based cross-sectional survey of 1,047 men aged 18–60 years in the United States. Analyses were conducted using poststratification data weights.

Main Outcome Measure.  Measures included sociodemographics, health status and health-related behaviors, sexual behaviors, vibrator use, and sexual function.

Results.  For both solo and partnered sexual activities, the prevalence of men who had incorporated a vibrator into sexual activities during their lives was 44.8%, with 10.0% having done so in the past month, 14.2% in the past year, and 20.5% over 1 year ago. Men who had used vibrators, particularly those with more recent use, were more likely to report participation in sexual health promoting behaviors, such as testicular self-exam. Men who had used vibrators recently also scored higher on four of the five domains of the International Index of Erectile Function (erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function, and sexual desire).

Conclusions.  Among men in the United States, vibrator use during solo and partnered sexual interactions is common and is associated with a wide array of positive sexual health characteristics. Future research should continue to explore ways in which men incorporate vibrators into solo sexual acts, partnered sexual play, and sexual intercourse. Reece M, Herbenick D, Sanders SA, Dodge B, Ghassemi A, and Fortenberry JD. Prevalence and characteristics of vibrator use by men in the United States. J Sex Med 2009;6:1867–1874.

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