A vibrator is a sex toy that is used on the body to produce pleasurable erotic stimulation. Salpêtrière hospital in Paris the bullet sex toy 1878, with Romain Vigouroux cited as the inventor. Vibrators began to be marketed for home use in magazines from around 1900 together with other electrical household goods, for their supposed health and beauty benefits. Other historians disagree with Maines about the historical prevalence of genital massage as a treatment for female hysteria, and over the extent to which early vibrating massagers were used for this purpose.
The vibrator re-emerged due to the sexual revolution of the 1960s. On June 30, 1966, Jon H. Tavel applied for a patent for the “Cordless Electric Vibrator for Use on the Human Body”, ushering in the modern personal vibrator. In the 1980s and 1990s vibrators became increasingly visible in mainstream public culture, especially after a landmark August 1998 episode of the HBO show Sex and the City, in which the character Charlotte becomes addicted to a rabbit vibrator. As of 2013, rechargeable vibrators were beginning to be manufactured to reduce the environmental impact of battery-operated vibrators. United States ages 18 to 60 have used a vibrator.
Vibrators may be recommended by sex therapists to women who have difficulty reaching orgasm through masturbation or intercourse. Couples may also choose to use a vibrator to enhance the pleasure of one or both partners. There is a device available that functions as a small vibrator specifically meant for couples to use during intercourse. Vibrators very often generate their vibrations using eccentric weights driven by a conventional electric motor, but some use electromagnet coils. Some vibrators are marketed as “body massagers”—although they still may be used, like the ones sold as adult sex toys, for autoeroticism.
While some companies sell significantly larger dildos and vibrators, most that are marketed for vaginal or anal insertion are sized around the average penis size. Clitoral: Often sold as “back massagers”, these are powerful wand vibrators such as the Hitachi Magic Wand. Dildo-shaped: Approximately penis-shaped, can be made of plastic, silicone, rubber, vinyl, or latex. Vibrating dildos are designed for both individual usage and with a partner. Egg or bullet vibrators: an egg- or bullet-shaped vibrating item for vagina insertion with wired or wireless control.
Waterproof: Can be used wet, such as in the shower. Although marketed as waterproof, most should not be submerged. The ones designed for underwater usage may be used in the swimming pool, bath or shower, or any other wet place. The waterproof vibrators are recommended to be used with a water compatible lubricant, such as silicone-based lubricant. Rabbit, Two-pronged for stimulation of both the vagina and the clitoris simultaneously.