Do Sex Toys Cause Addiction?

Posted On: April 6, 2021

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You might have heard that you can get addicted to sex toys, but believe me, it’s is nothing more than a myth. For most women, sex toys can provide an orgasm much more easily and quickly than manual stimulation. Due to which they prefer using them again and again to seek pleasure, but that is a personal preference, not an addiction.

According to some people, the use of sex toys means that your clitoris would become dependent on that. The fact is, the vagina is flexible, meaning as long as you continue to use a sex toy, its sensitivity for low-intensity vibrations will decrease. However, if you quit using them for some time, the vagina retore its sensitivity to lower intensity vibrations, done by hands or genitals.

According to the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists(AASECT), there have not sufficient evidence to support the perception of sex toy addiction as a mental disorder.


Bleasdale, C. (2019, November 27). Can you be Addicted to a Vibrator or Become Dependent on a Sex Toy? Minna.

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice for more than 12 years, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore. She is also a Red Tent Women’s Circles Facilitator from Star of Ishtar.

Often cited in the media, Dr. Lee is the appointed Resident Sexologist for; as well appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-BetweenOrgasmic YogaFrom Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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