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What Are Clitoral Vibrators?

Medically Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on June 28, 2021

Clitoral vibrators are devices designed to stimulate the clitoris, a very sensitive area near the vagina. The devices create a pulsing sensation that boosts blood flow to your clitoris, which makes it more likely for you to have an orgasm.

Vibrators come in many shapes and sizes, designed for stimulating or penetrating the vagina, penis, anus, or other areas. Clitoral vibrators, though, focus on stimulating the clitoris specifically.

Why People Like Them

The clitoris is a key area for sexual pleasure for people who have vulvas. Clitoral vibrators directly stimulate it, which can lead to intense orgasms that happen quickly. 

Research has shown that for nearly 75% of women, penetrative sex alone won’t lead to an orgasm, and 83% need clitorial stimulation to get there. A clitoral vibrator can be one way to get to greater arousal and a better chance at an orgasm.

How to Try Clitoral Vibrators

If you’re using a vibrator for the first time, start by placing it on your clitoris with light pressure.

To make things more intense and get to an orgasm more quickly, try this: use a vibrator on your clitoris, withdraw it, then use it again. Repeat this process until you climax.

Vibrators are great on their own, but you can use one with a partner, too. You can use one to stimulate your clitoris during vaginal sex to try for a more intense orgasm.

Myths About Clitoral Vibrators

Using Vibrators Too Often Will Desensitize Your Genitals

The clitoris responds to stimulation no matter if it comes from a vibrator, a penis, fingers, or something else. Using a vibrator, even if you do it often, won’t change that.

If you feel a numbing sensation during or after you’ve used a vibrator, try to avoid pressing down too hard with the device.

Vibrators Will Make Other Sex Seem Boring

Using clitoral vibrators also will not make sex less enjoyable. Though they do provide intense stimulation, they can’t deliver all the other things that make sex feel great. 

Care and Cleaning

Clean your vibrator with soap and water after each use. You can also disinfect your vibrator using diluted bleach, but review care instructions for the device before you do, as this method may damage some devices.

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Sources

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Psychology Today: “Vibrators: Myths vs. Truth.”

Sexual and Relationship Therapy: “Genital vibration for sexual function and enhancement.”

Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology: “The whole versus the sum of the parts: toward resolving the apparent controversy of clitoral versus vaginal orgasms.”

Women’s Health: “15 Clit Vibrators That’ll Make You Come In Minutes.”

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