10 Shocking Facts About the Vibrator

In the 21st century, sex toys are quite acceptable in the sex industry. There are more sex shops than ever and plenty of outlets to discreetly purchase the toys and tools needed to achieve the ultimate pleasurable experience, either by yourself or with a partner. In the past, having a vibrator had a negative connotation that was related to women either not being able to find a partner to please them or who had a partner that was unable to satisfy them. But no more. Vibrators are not only becoming more acceptable and popular, but are also being considered a tool for bonding between couples.

It’s said that in 2014, one in two women are using vibrators. There is no doubt that the vibrator is one of the best selling sex toys in the industry, with thousands of variations and more to come (insert unintentional pun). “Mother’s little helper” has been around for well over a century, and it’s hard to imagine what many women would do if the vibrator didn’t exist. Well, there was a world without the vibrator, but it was also a very oppressive time for women, which we’ll get into shortly in our upcoming list.

Below are the ten most surprising facts about vibrators, from history to modern day uses that are considered to be unconventional. One of the most amusing myths about the invention of the vibrator included the historical figure Cleopatra filling a hollow gourd with angry bees, thus creating the first vibrator. These shocking facts will include truth, myth, and maybe a little sex appeal as well. All in all, enjoy this ten facts and next time you’re in the market for a vibrator, you’ll have a richer appreciation for the history of that little vibrating tool, because it’s come a long way, baby!

10. Before There Were Vibrators

 

Before vibrators even existed, women’s hysteria (Latin word for “womb”) must have been rampant around 200 AD to the 1800’s. To treat this hysteria, doctors back then believed that “paroxysm” (also known as an orgasm) could help the uterus release fluid that caused female hysteria. To achieve this paroxysm, Galen of Pergamum prescribed genital massage, which essentially required fingers getting up in there with essential oils. Eventually in 1653, British surgeon Nathanial Highmore realized that it was the orgasm that was helping with female hysteria.

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