Ever heard of electro stimulation? It goes by a few other names: Transcutaenous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and E-Stim being the most common. If it sounds like some sort of complicated medical treatment, you’d be partly right. Medical professionals use TENS devices to send electrical currents through the injured part of the body and patients have said that this can greatly reduce, and in some cases, even cure their pain completely. Basically (and this is very simplified science, here), the feelings of “pleasure” that the device provides move faster to the brain than those of “pain”, thereby blocking the brain from feeling the pain of the injury.
But why write about E-Stim on a sex blog? Because E-Stim devices and toys have become a worldwide sexual phenomenon! Individuals and couples are introducing low voltage E-Stim devices and toys into the bedroom and finding it to be a uniquely pleasurable experience. Read on to have all your questions about E-Stim answered and maybe you’ll want to try it out, too.
Isn’t this a BDSM thing?
People have been using electricity for sexual stimulation for decades and it’s true that we usually picture it as part of the BDSM scene. E-Stim devices set at the highest intensities can provide pain (if that’s what you’re looking for) but a more sensual teasing, pulsing or tickling is much more common.
So, how does it work?
There are billions of nerves in the human body, many of which are found in the erogenous zones. To stimulate these nerves, you’ll need an E-Stim device like the Mystim Tension Lover. This is the power source. From this, you connect either your basic electrodes (included with the Mystim Tension Lover) or one of the many E-Stim toys sold separately. You place the electrodes on the area you’d like to stimulate and turn the device onto the lowest setting, adjusting as desired.
The electrical current will flow between these two electrodes, stimulating the tissue in between. For example, you can place one electrode on the top of the penis and one on the underside, or one on the inner thigh and one on the labia or perineum. You can even use all four included electrodes at once, remembering that one pair will be “positive” and one pair “negative”, meaning that the current will flow between these pairs.
But what does it feel like?
That depends on the device and the settings you choose to use. The feeling of E-Stim can range from a gentle tickling, to a sensual pulsing, to strong muscle contractions (as if your body were experiencing an orgasm).
That’s not to say that E-Stim is a way to achieve instant orgasms. It is a uniquely stimulating experience that feels great and may intensify orgasms if used in conjunction with your other favourite methods.
I tried a tester in store and I got a zap. What’s that about?
Remember that the electrical current always needs somewhere to go. For example, using an E-Stim vibrator to tease the outside of the body won’t work (and, yes, may give you a little zap!) because both conductive plates of the toy need to be touching skin in order to have the proper effect. If in doubt, ask a store employee to help.
That all sounds great, but it still sounds a little dangerous.
Using something like electricity in sexual stimulation always carries a bit of risk, but as long as you follow a few safety guidelines, you’ll have no problems.
- Never attach electrodes or use an E-Stim toy on the chest, head or throat as this can interfere with the naturally occurring electrical currents of the heart and brain or, in the case of the throat, cause muscle spasms that can lead to asphyxiation. There are some E-Stim toys that are safe for the chest (e.g, The Barry Bite Body Clamps), but make sure to read all instructions carefully before use.
- If you have a pacemaker, you should consult your doctor before using an E-Stim device (even if it is for sexual use, rather than pain management).
- Remove all jewellery (e.g, rings, bracelets, genital piercings) before using E-Stim. The electrical currents may cause the metal to heat up.
- Do not use any E-Stim device if you are pregnant.
- Do not use any E-Stim device on broken or irritated skin.
- There has been some debate about whether it is safe to use an E-Stim vibrator if you have a copper IUD. There has been no evidence to suggest that it will cause harm, however it’s always best to consult a doctor.
I’d like to try E-Stim but I don’t want to use electrodes.
Not a problem! Honey Gifts carries a range of E-Stim toys that are versatile and fun. Our two E-Stim vibrators – Tickling Truman and Sizzling Simon – are powerful toys that can be used with or without the E-Stim function. The rumbly vibration modes provide a nice backdrop to the sensual prickling of the E-Stim. There’s even a kegel exercise mode that stimulates the muscles in the pelvic floor. Strengthening these muscles can help prevent incontinence and can even lead to stronger orgasms over time.
Our two E-Stim prostate stimulators (Big Bend-It and Twisting Tom) are made from soft and flexible silicone, allowing them to perfectly stroke the prostate while the E-Stim function provides toe-curling nerve stimulation to the rest of the area.
Partners looking to set out on an E-Stim adventure together can try the Magic Gloves, a delightfully tingly way to massage your lover into ecstasy.
Want to try a little pain with your pleasure? The Barry Bite E-Stim clamps are perfect. This inventive device allows you to use E-Stim on your nipples (and other areas considered unsafe when using regular electrodes) because the electrical current will flow between the two small arms of the clamp, not across a wider area.
The E-Stim options for couples and individuals are so varied and versatile that you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Just keep in mind that many of these toys will still require the Mystim Tension Lover as the power source.