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Tips for Guys

Tips for Guys

Congratulations, gentlemen.

The very fact that you’ve made it to this page is a testament to your good sense, and almost certainly a prelude to good things to come. Most of us have heard that vibrators are a gal’s best friend, but relatively few know why.

Read on to learn the ins & outs, so to speak, then graduate to our section on The Gentleman's Guide.

What is a vibrator?
For some of you, this may seem like a silly question, but for most (including many who think it's a silly question), it's one that's worth answering. Take a moment to skim our Vibrator 101 – it will assist you with terms like "Twice As Nice" that will be coming up later on this page. (Hint: It's not a euphemism for a threesome.)

Who's using vibrators?
Vibrator use is far more prevalent than many men imagine. According to a 2009 study performed by Michael Reece and Debra Herbenick, along with colleagues at Indiana University, 52.5% of women between the ages of 18-60 in the United States have used a vibrator. Based on current population estimates, that's over 45,000,000 women in the US alone.

Many men imagine that vibrators are used predominantly by single women, but the opposite is true. The same study found that married women are twice as likely to use a vibrator as women who are single (50.9% vs. 25.4%). Likewise, many believe that vibrators are for solo masturbation. In fact, more than a third of women (37.3%) had used a vibrator during intercourse and 40.9% had used a vibrator during foreplay or sex play with a partner.

Perhaps most importantly, the study concluded that "Women who have used vibrators experience more positive sexual function."

Why do women love vibrators?
In the simplest sense, by stimulating nerve endings in the clitoris and vagina, vibrators provide pleasurable sensations which can lead to orgasm. For many women, it can be difficult to reach orgasm without clitoral stimulation, and vibrators can make this considerably easier. Additionally, women who masturbate and/or use vibrators often learn a great deal about what feels good for them – and are then able to share this information with their partner. What's not to love?

Why do guys love vibrators too?
Understanding what your partner enjoys takes time, practice, and above all, communication. Women who masturbate and/or use vibrators often learn a great deal about what feels good for them – and are then able to share this information with their partner. A lot can be learned by simply paying attention to how your partner uses a vibrator. Take turns applying it to her body, or hold it together and let her guide your hand. Non-verbal communication like this can be a good first step to communicating more openly about preferences and desires.

A vibrator is not a replacement for a partner, and as part of a pro-active approach to pleasure and connection, can even assist in bringing couples closer together. Finding simple ways to make sex more enjoyable for both of you is always a positive step.

Of course, vibrators can provide great sensations to men as well. Alone or with your partner, try stroking sensitive areas such as the underside of the penis, the testicles, the area between the testicles and the anus, and around the anus as well. Anal vibrators and other accessories can be used for insertion and prostate stimulation, but be certain that this is a safe and intended use of the product.

Where can I find a good vibrator?
You've come to the right place. Jimmyjane offers only the highest quality vibrators, backed by our warranty and commitment to excellent customer service. Visit our online shop, or locate a retailer near you.

When is a good time to give a vibrator?
Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, Valentine's Day, holidays and sunny Tuesday afternoons are all good opportunities to give a vibrator, but perhaps the best reason of all is "just because". If you're uncertain how the gift will be received, special occasions can help explain your special thoughtfulness.

How do I know which vibrator to buy?
The sheer variety of vibrators available can be daunting for first timers and experienced users alike. To help you find the right product for you, visit our page on How to Choose a Vibrator.

What’s a phthalate, and why do I care?
Phthalates (pronounced "tha-lates") are chemical plasticizers that are added to materials to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. They may have negative health implications, so are best to avoid.

Here's the good news – all Jimmyjane products are phthalate-free.

Phthalates are suspected of having carcinogenic and mutagenic effects on the skin and mucous membranes, and are being phased out of many products in the United States and European Union over health concerns. It is advisable to avoid products made of materials that incorporate them.

Phthalates are often associated with sex accessories made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and "Jelly" materials, but it should be noted that not all PVCs contain phthalates, and that even some silicone blends can contain them so look for brands and products that specifically state that they are free of these chemicals.