9 health benefits you’ll get from using a vibrator

Your favourite sex toy can give you more of a boost than you think!
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  • Forget hiding your vibrator away or leaving it to gather dust in the back of a drawer. Regularly using one could bring a host of extra benefits to your health.

    There’s no need to be shy about owning a vibrator. In fact, a survey by WooWoo, an initmate care brand launched by women for women, found that the average British woman masturbates 2.5 times a week.

    In fact, there’s never been a better time to invest in one of the best vibrators on the market and start reaping the benefits. Annabelle Knight, sex and relationship expert with Lovehoney, reveals how your trusty toy can help your health and wellbeing…

    Health benefits you’ll get from using a vibrator

    1. A vibrator can help you sleep soundly

    While your trusty vibrator isn’t something you’d want to cuddle up to for comfort at night, an orgasm before bed can do wonders for shuteye. “Having an orgasm can lead to sounder, better quality sleep thanks to the fact that when you climax you produce the sleep inducing hormone, prolactin,” says Annabelle. “So, theoretically, you should enjoy better, and more restful sleep after an orgasm. And, with a good night’s sleep under your belt, you’ll be better equipped to face the day.”

    2. It can help you beat stress

    An orgasm can improve your mental health and happiness. “When you climax you produce hormones called oxytocin and serotonin,” explains Annabelle. “These hormones are known as the ‘feel-good’ hormones because they are linked to happiness. Regular boosts of these hormones through orgasms with a vibrator can contribute towards feeling less stressed and more positive.”

    3. A vibrator is good for your heart

    Those endorphins do more than just make you feel good – they also help to prevent heart problems by naturally neutralising your stress hormones. Research in Israel found that women who had two orgasms per week were 30% less likely to have heart disease.

    4. It can keep your vagina healthy

    Regularly using a vibrator can help maintain the walls of the vagina. This is because when aroused, the lining of the vagina produces secretions, which helps to provide moisture to this area. “This helps to increase vaginal elasticity which is one of the ways our vaginas stay healthy,” says Annabelle. It can also help prevent infections in the cervix and urinary tract through the process of opening the cervix, which occurs during arousal. This stretches the cervix and allows unwanted cervical fluids to be flushed out.

    5. It can help you beat pain

    “Lots of women report that regular orgasms aid in the relief of period pains and cramps,” says Annabelle. And forget putting off using your vibrator because you have a headache – it can help with that, too. This is because the area of the brain involved in pain reduction is highly activated during arousal and endorphins are released which can soothe nerve impulses that cause migraines or joint pain.

    6. You’ll expand your pleasure horizons

    Just want to have some fun? Then a vibrator will definitely help! “A vibrator is a great way to expand your pleasure horizons, especially if you choose one with different settings and modes,” says Annabelle. Not sure which one to try? Go for a rabbit vibrator. “They’re one of the only surefire ways to enjoy stimulation, both internally and externally, which will increase your chances of hitting all your hot spots, resulting in mind-blowing pleasure and intense orgasms aplenty,” says Annabelle. “All research from Lovehoney shows that couples with good sex lives enjoy better overall happiness – so investing in a vibrator won’t just improve your sex life, but life in general.”

    7. You’ll have better bladder control

    “When you orgasm your vagina contracts – think of it as a mini workout for that entire area,” says Annabelle. “An orgasm exercises your pelvic floor muscles too, meaning better bladder control. A strong pelvic floor can also lead to stronger, more intense orgasms.” Win, win.

    8. You’ll have a more enriched and satisfying sex life

    Without a map to guide you, sometimes navigating where you prefer to be touched ‘down below’ can feel confusing. And if you don’t know your own body, how can you begin to tell someone else what you like or dislike? That’s where a vibrator comes in. “Experimenting with a sex toy, such as a vibrator, may help you to explore further than manual masturbation alone,” says Annabelle. “As a result, you’ll widen the range of sensations you experience meaning that you may find new and exciting pleasure points. This can be communicated to your partner for a more enriched and satisfying sexual experience.”

    9. A vibrator can help you work through issues with sex

    Is sex painful for you? You could have vaginismus. “This is a condition whereby the vaginal muscles spasm, which this causes penetration to be extremely difficult, or completely impossible,” says Annabelle. A vibrator can help. “Dilator kits can help with this condition – simply start off with the slimmest toy and, when your body is comfortable and accepting of the width, you can move upwards and onwards. I’d recommend the three-piece Inspire Vibrating Dilator Kit (£44.99, lovehoney.co.uk). There are also fabulous online hubs to support women with this condition, such as The Vaginismus Network.”

    9 ways a vibrator can help your health

    Inspire Vibrating Dilator Kit (£44.99, lovehoney.co.uk)

    If you believe you may have vaginismus, or you are experiencing other issues that are affecting your sex life, see your GP for advice and a referral.

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