Can You Get Addicted To A Vibrator? We Find Out

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After having the best orgasms of her life, our writer wonders: Can you get addicted to a vibrator?

It wasn't meant to go this way.

It was meant to be a fun assignment. A lot of women would dream of being asked to test drive every vibrator on the market and write about their experience for Playboy. And while it wasn't something my parents were going to be bragging about—or even admitting knowledge of—anytime soon, I loved the idea of covering the sex business from a first-person perspective without having to sell myself or make porn. Almost as an afterthought, it occurred to me that the research might also be informative.

At first, unwrapping packages of vibrators in every shape and size was exciting—unwrapping packages of anything is exciting!—and the fact that these anythings were also going to be getting me off only added to the thrill. Rabbits of every color imaginable, USB-powered bullets, G-spot stimulators, dildos complete with real hair, eggs with microscope attachments that allowed you to look inside as you came (surely appealing only to future gynecologists) and many others began piling up. And like any good researcher, I gave each a go. Some left me cold (especially the many dolphin-shaped ones—apparently, this is considered an erotic animal), some caused awkward moments (take my advice: don't ever try to carry on phone conversations about work while wearing a pair of vibrating panties) but none brought me as much pleasure as The Wand.

You know about the Hitachi Magic Wand, right? It's the one orgasm-expert Betty Dodson swears by, the medical-looking one that you might spy near someone's bed and hear them say it's only for those terrible kinks they get in their shoulder. Vibrator aficionados know better; they also recommend that you put a towel between it and you so that, I assume, you don't burn your clitoris off—it's that powerful. If the wand can't make you come nothing can.

My relationship with my wand got off to a relatively slow start. It initially terrified me, as anything that's meant for sexual pleasure, plugs into the wall and is roughly the size of your arm should. The first time I tried it, I kept the towel between us. 6 Sex Toys That Scare Us

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