The use of vibrators, dildos and other sex toys for sexual stimulation and pleasure is common among women and is growing in popularity. While the phenomenon has positive benefits, it might equally present adverse consequences to users. This research aims to assess the popularity of sex toy use among women from different nations. Furthermore, the study aims to find out if the use of other household items for sexual stimulation is popular among women between the ages of 18 and 50. Finally, the study attempts to discover if sex toy users observe changes arising from the use of various sex toys and if such variations can be attributed to the assimilation of the sex toy used. I employed a convenience sampling in eight countries. The study observed that sex toys are popular among women between the ages of 18 and 50, but sex toy use appears to produce varying effects on users. It was also evident that a majority of participants use vibrating sex toys without a clinician’s recommendation. Some women observe changes in sensitivity levels of their sexual responses after using sex enhancements. It was observed that while there is a crackdown on the use of sex toys in Islamic nations, religion itself has a certain influence on the individual adherent’s desire to explore use of sex enhancements.
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Special thanks to members of the research team; Jones Abrokwa, Mohamed Mamdouh, Tõnis Rahe, Isaac Akwasi Appiah, Kristīne Ozoliņš, Andris Ziedonis, Adelita Schmidt, Ellen Afrifa for their selfless work during the field work. I am also grateful to the three blind reviewers for their elaborate reviews and encouragements.
This article was supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.
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Kwakye, A.S. Using Sex Toys and the Assimilation of Tools into Bodies: Can Sex Enhancements Incorporate Tools into Human Sexuality?. Sexuality & Culture 24, 2007–2031 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-020-09733-5
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