Ladies, vibrators have made their way outside the dingy sex stores and sketchy online retailers and will now be sitting on the shelf next to the condoms and the family planning items. I, for one, couldn't be happier about it.

Two condom companies -- Durex and Trojan -- have gone outside the realm of latex sheaths and entered the world of pleasure for women. The Trojan line includes the Tri-Phoria ($39.99), which is the newest one. Others on the shelf include the A:Muse Personal Pleasure Massager by LifeStyles and the Durex Allure by Durex, both of which are $19.99.

Trojan decided to enter the vibrator market after a study the company conducted in 2008 in partnership with the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. It revealed that over half of American women had used vibrators, 80 percent of whom used them together with their partners.

Vibrators are no longer a dirty little secret. And they never should have been in the first place.

Ladies, we need this. You can say (and you probably will in the comments) that this is gross and that orgasm isn't the most important part of sex, but then it's just likely you aren't having them. Because once you do and once you have them frequently enough, then you will understand the power of the orgasm -- the stress relief, the mild euphoria, and the oxytocin release.

Ten to fifteen percent of women never climax under any circumstances.

Those are bad, depressing numbers. This vibrator can help that. In fact, 75 percent of all women never reach orgasm from intercourse alone -- that is without the extra help of sex toys, hands, or tongue. So this isn't some extra silly step. This is essential to getting the same pleasure from sex that anyone should be.

Besides, it's just fun. I was lucky enough to receive the Tri-Phoria as a sample sent to The Stir and, oh wow, it's worth every penny. The multi-speed settings and the pulses and the three different tips make this a much better vibrator even than the infamous Rabbit Pearl, which was once featured on Sex and the City.

Vibrators aren't a dirty little secret anymore. They're a great way to enhance pleasure with a partner or learn to explore your body on your own without the dangers of STDs and unwanted pregnancy.

Once you get used to them, you will wonder what held you back. With the stigma gone, why not give them a try? You will be far, FAR from alone.

Do you believe in using vibrators?

 

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