From The Streets Of London, Malcolm Aitken
National Health Service doctors have started recommending vibrators to sexually dissatisfied British women.
Women with problems including major genital damage caused by surgery and birth defects or reduced desire for their
partners are being referred to shops sensitive to their needs, the Guardian reported last week. British medical
professionals have long debated the merits of vibrators for enhancing sexual satisfaction.
'[For women who] suffer from sexual dysfunction, sex shops and their accoutrements could be a vital part of their
therapy,' says Dr David Goldmeier, lead clinician in sexual function at London's St Mary's hospital.
Goldmeier-an eminent consultant-last year initiated a meeting with Sh!, a women's erotic emporium in the east end,
after visiting its website. 'We have a symbiotic relationship’, he says. 'Sh![pronounced Shush] is a nice boutique that
carries our leaflets and, in turn, we recommend women to them when it's appropriate.’
Sh!’s been approached by NHS trusts across Britain since Dr Goldmeier contacted it.
Recent studies suggest 40 percent of women experience some sexual dysfunction and only a quarter achieve orgasm through
penile penetration and thrusting: 75 percent require further stimulation, according to the European Sexual Dysfunction
Alliance. Although many women enjoy sex and feel emotionally close to their partner without orgasm, an estimated 12
percent never reach climax.
A third of British women own a vibrator according to European lingerie and sex toys retailer, Ann Summers.
- Malcolm Aitken is a freelance journalist based in London. He can be contacted at MTFAitken@aol.com