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For many people with vaginas, it takes more than just penetration to reach the big O. Luckily, the clitoris exists just for that reason—pure pleasure, and one of the easiest ways to stimulate it is with a clitoral vibrator.
If you're not sure where the clit is, you may be surprised to learn that about 95 percent of it is located internally. You can find the five percent of it that's external above both the vaginal and urethra openings and right under the point where the inner labia meet and form a little hood known as the "clitoral hood," a piece of skin that covers the clit, says Lyndsey Murray, an AASECT-certified sex therapist at Relationship Matters Therapy.
Peep a few of the best expert-approved clitoral vibrators below:
All over the clit there are 15,000 nerve endings, which makes it extra sensitive to external arousal from a tongue, massage, vibration, and more. "It contains twice as many nerve endings as both the penis and the pelvic floor," explains Janet Brito, PhD, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist.
In short, it's perfectly capable of giving you those leg-shaking orgasms that keep you reaching for your go-to vibrator, or even better—a clitoral stimulator. "[It's] very sensitive and easy to reach sexual arousal when the clit is stimulated. The clit is also easier to access than, say, the g-spot," says Murray.
What should I look for in a clitoral vibrator?
Before hitting "add to cart" on your next favorite toy, Brito suggests asking yourself a few questions about where and how you might want to use the toy.
How you'll use it
Think about your preferences when it comes to what you want to feel. "Everyone is different, so, for some folks the vibrator’s pulsation may be too strong if they apply it directly to the clitoris," says Brito. "Others may prefer to use the vibrator around the clitoris rather than right on it. It's best to explore to find the best stimulation for you." Yep, you may need to experiment with a little trial and error, which is great for becoming with familiar with what your body likes and doesn't like.
Ultimately, it does depend on the kind of sensations you’re looking for. Do you want to feel sensations only on your clit? Would you prefer a mix of internal and external stimulation? Do you want a waterproof vibe that can join you in the shower? Are you into power or suction? Either way, there are plenty of toys out there for just clit stimulation and then some.
Additionally, it’s really important to make sure your vibrator is made of the right material. “I would suggest a silicone vibrator as they are sturdy, last a long time, and are easiest to clean. You can also use a water-based lubricant with it,” says Murray. You can also opt for vibrators of different sizes and designs, depending on what you're looking for. For example, some clitoral vibrators are more flexible than others, allowing for more gentle sensations than say a stiffer option.
How it's charged
Lastly, you may also want to keep in mind how the vibrator is charged. Maybe it uses batteries or needs to be plugged in. Lean into whatever is more convenient for you. “Always make sure it's charged enough or has fresh batteries before using it because it's no fun at all if your vibrator dies on you before you finish,” Murray says.
Meet the Experts:
Janet Brito, PhD is a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jenni Skyler, PhD is a certified sex therapist and resident sexologist for Adam & Eve. Jess O'Reilly is a sexologist and host of the Sex with Dr. Jess podcast. Shawntres A. Parks, PhD, is the cofounder of Parks & Powers Psychotherapy. Lyndsey Murray, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist at Relationship Matters Therapy.
So, with your personal preferences and needs in mind, take a peek at the 18 best clit vibrators of 2023, per experts and reviews.
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