How to Use Clitoral Vibrators

How to use clitoral vibrators

One of the most popular types of vibrating sex toys available to women is the clitoral vibrator. These devices are specially designed to be used specifically on the clitoris. The clitoris is the most sensitive part of the vagina, and stimulating it directly can lead to some incredibly strong orgasms.

What is a Clitoral Vibrator?

All vibrators, vibrate ... duh! However, a clitoral vibrator is designed to work on the clitoris which is external of the vagina.

Most vibrators can be used externally and can be used for clitoral stimulation. However, clit vibrators are specifically designed for this purpose though and are much more effective at targeting this relatively small part of the female body.

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Sometimes known as clit vibes, clitoral vibrators are generally small, making it easy for them to access the pea-sized clitoris.

The simplest and cheapest of these are bullet vibrators that will only have one or two speeds. Some produce mild vibrations which is great for beginners and others like the Adora USB Rechargeable Bullet Vibrator produce ridiculously powerful vibrations, guaranteed to satisfy the advanced users.

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The more complex products are specially designed and may have special programs, simulating waves and pulsation modes. They are generally designed to be very smooth, and made from softer materials, as the clitoris is extremely sensitive, like the Zumio range of clit vibes.

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Rabbit vibrators tend to have a small extra arm that aims directly at the clit while the rest of the vibrator is designed to penetrate the vagina and stimulate the G-Spot.

Vibrators purposely designed for clitoral stimulation though are usually too small to effectively be used as penetrative devices.

Most clitoral stimulators will work with either a strong, high-frequency setting or a gentler, low-frequency setting.

High-frequency vibrations are very good at quickly stimulating the clitoris and reaching a fast orgasm. Due to the intensity of these sensations though, they can somewhat desensitise the clitoris after a short period of time.

Gentler, low-frequency vibration allows you to build up the sexual pleasure much more gradually, usually leading to a more intense final explosion of pleasure. Due to the gentler nature, these kinds of vibrators or settings are usually able to be used for a much longer period of time, and can often lead to multiple orgasms in a single session.

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The small design of many clit vibes also makes these vibrators very discreet. Many manufacturers use this to their advantage, disguising the vibrators as small objects that a woman may carry around often, such as lipstick. Allowing you to carry these small and powerful sex toys with you wherever you go, and won’t arouse suspicion should someone happen to catch a glance of the inside of your handbag.

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Using a Clitoral Vibrator

Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the clit, using one of these vibrators may take a little bit of an adjustment period.

When beginning, it is usually recommended that you start on the lowest possible setting your vibrator offers. If this still proves to be a little bit too much for you to handle, it might be best to stimulate the surrounding area of the labia before moving onto the clitoris.

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This will usually warm you up enough for the sensations to be a little less intense. You can also try using it over the top of your underwear as a bit of a barrier, which slightly muffles the vibration and makes it a little less intense.

When making direct contact with the clitoris, it’s entirely up to you how to proceed. Spend the first part of the session experimenting with the vibrator.

You can move it to different areas of the clitoris, as some women find that one side of their vagina is more sensitive than the other. You can also try out the different speed settings on your vibrator to see what feels most comfortable.


If you spend a long time stimulating the clitoris, then it is a good idea to use a bit of lubricant. While the vagina does produce its own lubrication, over a lengthy period of time this may dry up a little, and the intense vibrations may begin to irritate the skin. Adding a drop or two of water-based lubrication prevents this from happening, and makes sure everything stays nice and slippery until you’re finished.

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Sex with a Clitoral Vibrator

Clitoral vibrators are one of the most versatile toys you can incorporate into your existing sex life. Due to their small size, they can be used and held near your clitoris in almost any sexual position.

Unlike other larger vibrators, like a rabbit vibrator, which are difficult to maneuver to a position while having penetrative sex with a partner.

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Direct clitoral stimulation does tend to bring most women to orgasm quite quickly though. If you are planning on using one of these during sex, then it may be useful to flirt with it a little more, moving it around the body and the edges of the vagina.

Once you get close to orgasm, use direct contact to send you over the edge. Practice makes perfect. The more you use a cit vibe during sex the more accustomed you will become, and you will learn exactly where and when using them. You’ll be able to make direct contact for longer before orgasming.

Bullet vibrators, finger vibrators and couples vibrators are the best models to use during penetrating sex.

Bullet and Finger Vibrators

Because of their small size, bullet and finger vibrators allow you and your partner to access your vagina and clit during penetration.

Allow your partner to pleasure you doing the physical penetrative work, will you work around the outside of your vagina. Your reactions are orgasms will be more animated and intense which will also bring a heightened excitement to your partner, giving them more powerful orgasms.


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Couples Vibrators

Are purposely designed to be used during penetrative sex. Couples vibes look like a funny U-shaped piece of silicone. They are designed with one to be inserted into the vagina, and the other end resting against the outside of the clitoris.

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These internal toys allow hands-free stimulation throughout sex. They are designed to stimulate the vaginal canal, vaginal opening, clitoris as well as sending mind-blowing vibrations to the male penis. Many people find this increases blood flow and produces a harder erection.

The targeted stimulation of these silicone toys are recommended by many sex educators for stimulating all of the erogenous zones of both male and females.



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Solo Play with a Clitoral Vibrator

Clit masturbation is like a pleasure bomb that delivers a climactic finish that can truly rock your world. Yet, like any explosive device, getting it to go off can be tricky.

Sexual energy has to be channelled to just the right place, all while balancing relaxation and arousal. Once you find the balance of pleasure and get the fuse ignited, you’ll be in for an epic kind of big O chain reaction that’s totally the bomb.

Most people use their fingers to play with their clitoris, but vibrators and other toys can also bring pleasure during solo play. When you orgasm, you’ll feel a tingly sensation along your skin and in your brain.

Purpose build Clit Vibes

We have already discussed bullet and finger vibrators, but if you are interested in getting off in a solo session, then we have saved the best 3 to last!

Twitching Clitoral Vibrators

These are vibrators purposely built to target the clitoris and surrounding area with laser point accuracy. These bad boys will have you cumming in no time at all.

They are usually equipped with a small vibrating end that twitches from side to side at varing speeds.

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Some models have attachments that are put on the end of the vibrator and designed to give varying orgasmic sensations.

Clitoral Suction Vibrators

Clitoral suction is one of the most efficacious ways to increase the intensity of clitoral orgasms.

A clit-sucking vibrator works by using a combination of air, suction, and a little vibration to deliver orgasms on the go. Companies like Womanizer and Satisfyer are the leading brands at this point, making some of the clitoral suction sex toys on the market. Some women have even reported having orgasms in less than a minute.

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A clit-sucking vibe looks a bit like one of those ear thermometers doctors use on your ear. It’s shaped with some sort of handle with a nozzle on the top. This nozzle goes over the clitoris (the part on the outside of the labia). It then suctions onto the clit with a variety of optional patterns.

They have a variety of settings like most modern vibrators. There is some confusion with the way they work. Many women are concerned with the "sucking" part being too full on or damaging on their delicate lady parts. These vibes use a combination of a suck/blow pulsation. They are not actually continuously sucking your clit, but rather pulsating it with pressure waves.

Clit suckers are one of the most popular woman's sex toys available on the market today. The Satisfyer Pro 2 is without the most popular of all the clit suckers.

Licking and Tongue Vibrators

Licking and tongue vibrators are a type of clitoral vibe that is deisgned to simulate famale oral sex. They are the latest is sex tech toys desgined to make you feel like a gentle tongue is licking your clitoris, nipples, vagina, anus and other sensitive areas.


g spot vibrator

These types of vibrators range from gentle to wild, bringing you an intoxicating moist pleasure.

They vibrate and have a licking function similar to a real tongue. Generating vibration stimulation to meet your needs.

In line with ergonomic designs, these tongue lick vibrators are capable of completely sending you from 0 to 100 in a few minutes, so start slow.

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Their flexible and soft tongues are desinged to be used on the external clitoris and are a big hot with vulva owners!


Take Away

Clitoral vibrators are one of the most popular woman's sex toys out there today. Due to the intense amount of nerve endings packed into this tiny part of the body, many women will naturally tend to use their vibrators on it anyway.

If you’re going to be focusing on the clitoris anyway, you may as well pick up a new toy designed to feel that extra bit special.

The content provided on this site for informational purposes only, and does not intend to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Some bondage practises can be potentially harmful to you or your partner and should not be used before contacting a professional.

If you have any questions, please contact us. We are always happy to help out.

Erica Cuff

Author: Erica Cuff

Erica Cuff has been involved in the sex toy industry since 2000. Working behind the motto “Sex Toys should be fun”, Erica provides useful tips & advice from years of hands on experience and research with adult products. 

Happily married since 2005, she knows first-hand how our sex lives can become repetitive if we don't give them the time and effort they deserve. If you're looking to spice things up in the bedroom, then Erica is your gal! She lives to cover topics that empower men, women and couples needing inspiration to keep lovemaking exciting and fun.

Her other focus is teaching women how to properly master the “bald man in the boat” to achieve the best orgasms ever (partner or no partner!) Her informative and unique tips, techniques and advice is up there with certified sex therapists and Sexologists, but with the added advantage of her expereince in the adult toy business.

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