Artificial vagina

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A fleshlight designed to resemble a vagina
Photograph of the exterior of Tenga Flip Hole White
Flip Hole White split open, showing its complex internal structure. The user's manual and lotions also shown
Tenga Flip Hole White is designed to be split open for maintenance as shown on the right photograph. The set includes a user's manual and three kinds of lotions.

An artificial vagina is a device designed to imitate the female sex organ. To achieve this, it will generally be made of a soft material, lubricated, and sometimes heated.

There are different types of artificial vaginas. They may be designed for medical research purposes, animal breeding, or as a sex toy for erotic stimulation. Strokers and sleeves are sex toys usually designed as a handheld way to simulate a sex act, while an artificial vagina installed in a sex doll can be used hands-free.[1]

Veterinary use[edit]

A breeding mount with a built-in artificial vagina used to collect semen from horses for use in artificial insemination

Artificial vaginas are widely used by farms in cattle artificial insemination programs and semen collection centers for collecting animal sperm and its further application. An artificial vagina designed for collecting semen will imitate some or all of the anatomical features and behaviors of an animal's vagina.

There are several types of collecting apparatus, but the general design uses a tube with a normally sterile inner liner and hard outer shell. The walls of the tube may be hollow and filled with warm water to mimic a natural body temperature for better results, and may contain a filter to separate the semen.

Human use[edit]

Artificial vagina

An artificial vagina, stroker, masturbation aid, masturbator, or pocket pussy[2] is designed to simulate the sensation of sexual intercourse on the erect penis and to induce orgasm and ejaculation. It will often have moving parts such as vibrators that increase stimulation rather than accurately simulate a woman's vagina.

Usually the artificial vagina has a realistic or close to realistic appearance with a sleeve, where the penis can be inserted. The sleeve, or as it is also called "vaginal tunnel", measures in average from 10 to 20 centimetres (4 to 8 inches) and can have an open end for inserting a vibrating bullet, if the user wishes.



This type of artificial vagina is modeled on female genitals. For marketing purposes, many manufacturers design the vagina like an exact replica of some famous pornographic actress' vulvas. Realistic vaginas are made to simulate the natural physiology: pubic bones, hair, labia, all natural creases and dimples, etc.

Artificial vagina is currently the most researched male sex toy type in the United States and Europe. The popularity of this sex toy has increased dramatically and is now competing with industry’s most popular sex toy types that include dildos and vibrators.[3]

These masturbators also come in many shapes and styles for many purposes; such as mouths for oral sex, as well as the several realistic vaginas that are manufactured with a narrower anal orifice (or anus) for those users who also like to simulate anal sex.[4] The natural vagina has a series of ridges called rugae, and manufacturers often add nubs or ribs into artificial vaginas to simulate the rugae and enhance pleasure.

In Japan, artificial vaginas are known as onaholes. They often feature more varied designs than their Western counterparts, come in various sizes, and often feature packaging with anime and hentai-themed art.[5] Onacups are popular disposable artificial vaginas that simulate various sex acts and come with lubricant already inside.


These artificial vaginas superficially resemble the previous one, but they have the added feature of a vibrating element — usually a removable vibrating bullet that can be easily inserted into a hole into the bottom or the end of the sleeve. For more intensive sensations there are a variety of functions: vibrating, pulsating, surging, rotating, multi-speed, etc.

Vibrating bullets are usually controlled by a panel connected by a wire. Some kinds of vibrating artificial vagina are designed effect, replicating the role of a penis pump—with a bulb squeezed by the user.


Strokers are generally more discreet than other masturbators. The inside of a stroker features a textured canal that stimulates the penis while the outside is often ridged to ensure a good grip during use. Some automatic strokers are powered by electric motors to simulate the sensations of sexual movements.


In prison slang, a "fifi" refers to an artificial vagina usually made by rolling a trash bag or condom inside of a towel, and using some sort of lubricant such as hand lotion.[6] These are also referred to as "fifi towels"[7] or "fifi bags".[8]


In 2016, Buck Angel partnered with a sex toy company to release the Buck-Off FTM Stroker. It's designed "for [the] t-cock/enlarged clitoris" of a transgender man on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It was the first such product, and won both an XBIZ Award and an AVN Award. Later, a smaller variant for people not on HRT called the Kiss-X was released.[9]


The artificial vagina as a sex toy is designed from materials that imitate the feel of natural skin. The materials used in manufacturing artificial vaginas are stretchable and elastic to accommodate different penis sizes.

  • Cyberskin, Ultra realistic or Futurotic (mixture of PVC and silicone) and some other patented materials – natural-feeling materials that are quite porous, therefore requiring special care before and after use.
  • Plants (fruits and vegetables) – hollow cucumbers, banana skins, papayas and other produce are widely available, low cost, and have a flesh-like texture.
  • Rubber (elastic hydrocarbon polymer) – a flexible and resilient material with high durability. The porous rubber makes it difficult to clean.
  • Soft plastics (Poly vinyl chloride) – popular material for sex toys that has a jelly-like feel, though it has a plasticizer odor.
  • Latex (natural rubber derived from plants) – flexible material that may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
  • TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers) – Most common and can be used to make dolls more cheaply than silicone.

The above materials are all porous and therefore require special care and cleaning to avoid bacterial accumulation. Manufacturers recommend protecting them by applying a condom during use. This is less of a concern with artificial vaginas made from silicone, which, while generally more expensive, is non-porous and can be disinfected after cleaning with a bleach solution or heat.

Medical usage[edit]

Masturbators are sometimes used for medical research. For example, Kobori et al. at Dokkyo Medical University have applied a Japanese onacup for ejaculatory dysfunction studies.[10]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Drillinger, Meagan (2018-06-21). "The 10 Best Sex Toys for Men, Because Sometimes Your Hand Just Gets Tired". Men's Health. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  3. ^ Moore, Martin (2022-04-18). "Sex Toy Search Trends in 2022: Who's in The Lead?". TechySex. Retrieved 2022-07-18.
  4. ^ Kunaal, Hartik (2017-10-08). "Realistic Vagina Simulate Anal Sex". Charlotte French. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  5. ^ "What is an onahole? | Definition, description and origin of the word Onahole". Motsutoys. Retrieved 2022-04-22.
  6. ^ Grant Barrett (2006). The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 116. ISBN 0-07-145804-2.
  7. ^ Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (2015-06-26). The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. ISBN 9781317372523.
  8. ^ Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (2015-06-26). The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. ISBN 9781317372523.
  9. ^ MacMillen, Hayley (2016-10-03). "Introducing the First Sex Toy for Trans Men". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  10. ^ Kobori; Sato, Ryo; Ashizawa, Yoshio; Yagi, Hiroshi; So, Shigehiro; Arai, Gaku; Okada, Hiroshi (December 30, 2009). "射精障害患者に対する Masturbator を用いたリハビリテーション" [Rehabilitation for ejaculatory dysfunction with using a masturbator]. The Japanese Journal of Impotence Research (in Japanese). 24 (3): 355–357.

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