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Carnal Knowledge: Pickin' up on good vibrations

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Add some spice to your romantic life with a vibrator. As I mentioned in response to a question last week, most women orgasm from clitoral stimulation rather than penetration, and vibrators can be a great clitoral aid. The vibrator possibilities are endless and many find it difficult to make the right choice as returns are not an option and the toys are not cheep.

Available in a variety of designs, vibrators can be full body massagers, phallic shaped, double-headed and even special gloves with vibrating fingertips. They are usually cast into two broad categories--plug-in electrical vibrators which tend to be more powerful and won't lose juice at critical moments, and battery powered models which are smaller, portable, less expensive and in some cases, even water resistant.

For first-timers looking to do some experimenting, the battery powered vibrators are the best bet. Start with something small. Large phallic shaped vibrators are often intimidating to the first-time user, making Bullets the latest "it" toy. They are small--ranging in size from less than an inch to about two inches--incredibly versatile and can be used all over the body, including around the scrotum and the clitoris. They can also be placed in a silicon ring and fitted around the base of the penis causing the entire area to vibrate. The higher-end Bullets come attached to a power pack with multiple functions and varying levels of intensity. Throughout the month most women experience different levels of sensitivity, making the multiple functions very popular. If you don't want to shell out for the more expensive varieties, try a vibrating condom. This Japanese invention consists of a very small bullet-like vibrator attached to a ring which fits over a condom to rest at the base of the penis. When turned on, the condom and penis vibrate slightly. The vibrations are not very intense and there is no way to change the battery once it dies but the unit will only set you back about $10.

Water-resistant vibrators are another sought-after type. It is important to remember, however, that although the packaging may represent the item as "waterproof" it is never a good idea to fully submerge your vibrator. Go ahead and use it in the shower, but keep it out of the bathtub.

If you can, purchase your vibrator from a shop. The staff will be able to take the toy out of the package to show you the functions and intensity of vibrations. If you are concerned about the vibration intensity on your more erogenous areas, see how long you can hold the vibrator to your lip or the tip of your nose. If it feels uncomfortable quickly, you need to look for something less intense. Also, stay away from anything promoted as "hands free." Vibrators definitely require hands on approach to be used to their full potential.

There is no denying that vibrators can create a more powerful build-up to orgasm, allowing you to finish (if desired) with another technique. Even though you might be perfectly satisfied using a different method for achieving orgasm, vibrators deserve a try.

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