a 23-year-old female. I always had big, amazing orgasms, from
sex and oral sex. My sex life was perfect. I decided to get
a vibrator, and my boyfriend and I started using it, which
was also great. After a while, though, I stopped having orgasms.
It got harder and harder for me to come. That was a year ago.
I don’t know if it’s because of stress or what, but my clitoris
doesn’t work anymore. My boyfriend can give me oral sex for
an hour and I still can’t get anywhere close to where I used
to. I think about this all the time and if I don’t have an
orgasm soon, I think I am going to go crazy.
that sounds frustrating,” said Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning,
co-owners of Toys in Babeland, a sex-toy shop with locations
in Seattle, New York, and online (www.babeland.com). As C&R
have made selling sex toys to women their life’s work, they
were naturally a bit reluctant to blame your sex toy. “Your
question leads us to think you are on the verge of blaming
woman’s best friend—the vibrator! But rest assured, your vibrator
probably isn’t the culprit, and your clitoris certainly isn’t
broken.” (Claire and Rachel don’t really speak in unison,
but they both wanted to respond to a few questions I sent
them, so I’m going to credit all their quotes in this column
So what the hell is wrong? “You need to get turned on,” said
C&R. “It seems your clitoris has become disconnected from
your erotic mind somewhere along the way. If you aren’t aroused
or are too stressed out going into a sexual encounter, your
boyfriend can go down on you until the Green Party takes the
White House, and you still won’t reach orgasm. Start paying
attention to what revs you up. Explore fantasies, porn, erotica,
And while C&R, as long time vibrator merchants, didn’t
want you to blame your vibrator, they were, as long time lesbians,
more than content to blame your boyfriend. “Are you still
hot for your boyfriend? There is the sad possibility that
the fire has gone out, and it’s time to move on.” But before
you contemplate dumping your boyfriend (the only kind of sex
toy C&R don’t sell), they wanted you to try a little experiment.
“Take a week off from your vibrator and see if that helps.
It’s possible to become habituated to an intensity that a
mere mortal can’t match.” And boyfriends, as anyone who’s
ever had one knows, are the merest of mortals.
an 18-year-old gal and have never had sex with another person,
but I do get off on my own. The problem is, it takes me 25-30
minutes to do so, and I have to be rather rough on myself.
Afterward, I’m sore both inside and out. Is my difficulty
in climaxing a physical problem or a mental one? Also, will
being very rough on one’s clit leave me unable to climax from
need lube, right away,” said C&R. “Your natural wetness
isn’t lasting as long as you need it to, and rubbing dry,
sensitive genital tissue chafes it. Ouch!” Beyond that, C&R
suggested you cut yourself some slack. “Masturbating for 30
minutes is only too long if you aren’t enjoying it. Take all
the time you need! You’re not a 14-year-old boy, you are an
18-year-old woman, and getting to orgasm can take women longer.”
As for your rough approach to self-pleasure, you need to cut
yourself some slack on that score too. “Some people are wired
to like rough play, and softer sensations don’t do it for
them. If that’s you, then accept it, and love yourself. You’re
coming, which is terrific. Relax, enjoy what you have, and
get some lube.”
am a 27-year-old female, and I think I have a sexual dysfunction.
I can’t feel anything while I’m fucking! I can’t orgasm or
anything. And the problem is, I’m lying to my boyfriend, telling
him that the sex is good and that I have orgasms with him.
We’ve been dating for four years and I love him. Every time
we have sex I need a vibrator. The vibrator makes me come!
It’s like snapping your finger and I’m done. But after that
we are still fucking but I’m not feeling anything. My doctor
says it’s normal for a woman to have this problem. And, no,
I’ve never been raped or anything. I don’t know what could
be wrong with me. Is there any pills out there for me to take
or what? Please help! Because I want to feel some pleasure
is probably dying to find out whether or not C&R are going
to advise NH to dump her boyfriend, I realize, but before
I turn the mic over to the ladies, I’d like to get in my two
cents: If your boyfriend is using a vibrator on you, NH, and
he’s making you come using a vibrator, then you’re definitely
feeling some pleasure during sex. Man + woman + vibrator +
orgasms = sex. What you’re not feeling pleasure during is
vaginal intercourse, the main event for straight folks, but
not the only thing that counts as sex. OK now, let’s see what
C&R have to say . . .
fear you’re sexually dysfunctional, your doctor is not helping,
you lack vaginal sensation, you have disappointing orgasms,
and you are lying to your boyfriend, who you love,” C&R
said. “What a mess! Let’s take this one piece at a time: While
some doctors are very good, most are either in the ‘bad sex
is normal’ camp, or ‘you’re sexually dysfunctional, here’s
a pill’ camp. It may be normal, as in common, for perfectly
healthy women to have lousy sex. Normal doesn’t make it right.
But unless you want your sexual pleasure dependent on pharmaceutical
companies, the sexual- dysfunction docs should be a last resort.
It’s likely you can find a natural solution. First, explore
your body, masturbate, develop your erotic imagination, work
on communication with your partner, and try new positions.
Or it may be that vaginal penetration doesn’t do that much
for you. A lot of women aren’t wowed by it, contrary to popular
belief. Are you expecting too much from fucking? To maximize
sensation, try some positions that aim toward the front wall
of your vagina, such as woman on top or rear entry. That will
increase the G-spot stimulation.
clitoral stimulation is where it’s at for most women, so work
with that. Combine clitoral stimulation with penetration.
A vibrating cock ring might help. When you’re using your vibrator,
back off before you come. Let the tension build up a few times
before you go over the edge. Practice playing with the energy
using breathing and muscle clenching to increase the charge
or to ease back. Orgasm is not just something that happens
to you—you create it. And you have to be honest with your
boyfriend. Nothing squelches arousal like the terrible feeling
you get from lying to someone you love. Get honest and start
working together to improve your sex life. This bad-sex thing
is a time bomb in your relationship. The only way to defuse
it is with honesty.”
Toys 101: A Playfully Uninhibited Guide (Fireside), an
awesome new book by Claire Cavanah and Rachel Venning, is
available at better bookstores everywhere.