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electrostimulation uses electrical currents to sexually stimulate
and is fast becoming a popular way to enjoy sexual pleasure.
Learn what it is all about, common myths, consumer alerts and
warnings, research and studies regarding health benefits, tips
for using estim devices as well as safety concerns and more.
Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist & Sexuality
CEO & Founder of
Holistic Wisdom, Inc. & NAASAS
Copyright © Holistic Wisdom, Inc.
electrostimulation uses a low-voltage electrical current for sexual
stimulation and is the next level in sexual stimulation. It is
also known as electro sex, estim, electro stim, electrical stimulation
and EES. Erotic electrostimulation is when electrodes are placed
on the desired sexual areas, thus, creating a circuit of electrical
impulses which travels along nerve fibers. This provides both
pleasure and releases endorphins. Experts agree that using such
devices are safe, but only if proper equipment is used and instructions
followed in order to ensure that the device is being used properly
as such devices can cause harm if directions are not followed.
many people think of this as simply using a sensation of electrical
shocks to stimulating one sexually, it is actually much different
than one who has not experienced it may imagine. Electrostimulation
has long been used for improving the health of muscles, pain reduction,
cosmetic skin improvements and nerve regeneration.
basic way to describe using an electrostimulation device is that
there is typically a power box connected to wires (leads) that
connect to electrodes. These electrodes may be pads but may also
include dildos, clitoral electrodes, labia and gspot stimulators,
butt plugs, prostate probes, testicle rings, penis rings, CBT
boards, urethral probes (sounds) and other penile stimulators.
you will find our erotic electrostimulation guide to help you
determine if this is something that is right for you and/or your
lover. If you have questions that are not answered in this article,
feel free to contact us as we are
always happy to help provide you with additional information.
What Does Erotic Electrostimulation Feel Like?
What the sensations
feel like depend on what power level you are using as well as
the types of electrodes you use, but it can feel as gentle as
a light tingling sensation to a heavy throbbing with muscle contractions
using higher intensities. While nothing can compare to sex with
a real lover, the use of erotic electrostimulation has been compared
with some of the most sexually stimulating sensations available.
men that use it on their penis, they typically describe it as
someone stroking their penis from both the inside and outside.
When combined with testicle stimulation it begins to become even
more intense and pleasurable from a tingling to a deep throbbing
stroking. The same applies to women when using a vaginal probe
or stimulating the clitoris. In addition, because of the muscle
contractions that the estim device provides, many women find that
it acts as a Kegel exerciser
the pelvic floor muscles to help create a tighter vaginal
canal and provide stronger orgasms.
addition to doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors, acupuncturists
also use electrostimulation. There is a key sexual stimulation
point called spleen 6 (located approximately 3 inches above the
inner ankle) which has shown to be a good point to stimulate for
sexual arousal. Research done in women found that simply stimulating
this point by using electrostimulation was able to bring women
What Are Self-contained Estim Sex Toys?
With the advancement
in sex toys there are now vibrating sex toys that also have electrostimulation
features built into them, thus creating complete erotic electrostimulation
sex toys in one product. They are self contained with no wires
and do not require an additional electro-stimulating
Homemade Erotic Electrostimulation Devices
urge those considering making a homemade electrostimulation device
to consider the serious risks of using something that has not
been independently tested for safety. Areas of concern are that
the homemade electrostimulation device may supply too much power
or not provide enough insulation and in some cases cause the electrode
to become live. Deaths have been reported from such attempts and
one situation a man who decided he was going to make his own device
put an electrode of his own making up his urethra (as an electric
sound) and ended up burning the inside of it so badly it seared
the tissue shut causing the need for urgent corrective surgery.
This is an example of why we do not recommend homemade devices
even if you have found instructions on the internet. Using kits
that are tested for safety is something we strongly recommend.
Erotic Electrostimulation Health Benefits
can be felt within the electrodes and can stimulate one to experience
a hands-free orgasm with little effort. These machines are designed
to increase erotic pleasure and can also be used to relax muscles
and reduce stress. Furthermore, they may be helpful for medical
inhibitors which prevent normal sexual functioning and may be
useful in cases of infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED), female
sexual dysfunction and even for those who have disabilities that
prevent them from having sex such as paralysis. It is always best
to consult with your physician before using such a device when
you have health concerns and important to understand that erotic
electrostimulation will not "cure" any of these or other
health conditions; rather they may be able to address symptoms
with improvements to performance. Again, it is best to review
these matters first with your physician should you have concerns.
has been used for many years in humans and does address some of
the issues related to ED. Electroejaculation is when a electrostimulation
probe is inserted into a male's rectum in order to produce ejaculation
and is often used in cases of ejaculatory dysfunction for both
animals and humans.
there have been very few studies using erotic electrostimulation
for sexual health benefits, there have been several through acupuncture
studies which is referred to as electro-acupuncture. This is where
an electrical current is used through acupuncture needles and
inserted into the skin. Below are a few studies to give you an
idea of how well this form of treatment worked in some of the
2011, a study showed that women who had an electro-acupuncture
for infertility treatments had a better chance of giving birth.
The study was conducted with a total of 309 women who underwent
vitro fertilization (IVF). It was determined that those who
had electro-acupuncture at the time that their embryos were
implanted were more likely to give birth.
of electro acupuncture has also been show to treat erectile
dysfunction when the perineum and penis were needled. A study
done by NIH was done in regard to using such a treatment for
erectile dysfunction and it was found that there was a marked
improvement of 39% of men who tried it. Specifically, it also
improved the quality of erections by over 15% of patients and
even more promising was the 31% of men who reported an increase
in their sexual activity.
Electro-acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of sexual
In Women & Men
Sexual Arousal Disorder
Sexual Desire Disorder
Research Through Sex Toy Manufacturers
development of electrostimulation sex toys by several adult novelty
retailers have included scientific and medical testing. At one
of the largest sex toy manufacturers in the world (California
Exotics, LLC) there were two medical professionals who created
a unique electrostimulation dildo apparatus to strengthen women's
pelvic floor muscles. During the initial testing of this product,
something unexpected occurred. A very unassuming woman quietly
admitted that she experienced one of the best orgasms of her life.
Then another tentative voice echoed the same result. Then another,
long, numerous women in the study group reported having intense
orgasms when using the device. The medical team was amazed at
the unexpected feedback. Certainly not considered a negative side
effect, they decided to explore the cause of the orgasms. Scientific
research indicated that since the pelvic floor muscles are partly
responsible for the involuntary contractions which occur during
orgasm, an electrostimulation dildo may also be capable of producing
incredible pleasure. This revelation made them look at their invention
in a different light.
manufacturers have now brought such products to the public also
adding vibration in the form of a gspot stimulator on the shaft
along with clitoral stimulators that vibrate as well. These sex
toys now have the ability to hit virtually every erotic area of
a woman's genitals simultaneously. The final result is an adult
novelty that strengthens pelvic floor muscles essential to a woman's
sexual joy, and increases the intensity of her orgasms.
electrostimulation sex toys use the very same electrical pulses
as much more expensive medical devices (Utah Medical's Liberty)
that are used in physical therapy for the rehabilitation of women
who suffer from weak pelvic floors (urinary incontinence and sexual
Jessica Browning-Cassaday said of electrostimulation sex toys
that "Kegel exercisers help strengthen pelvic floor muscles,
which may lead to longer, stronger orgasms. Unfortunately, most
women don't achieve optimal performance when performing Kegel
exercises. These products automatically target and tone pelvic
muscles with greater precision; it does the work for you. More
intense orgasms, plus sexual wellness benefits."
Erotic Electrostimulation Products
electrostimulation sex toys and devices that we carry on our site
are only from companies that also specialize in making them for
medical purposes as we feel strongly that such devices must be
safe and of the highest quality for our customers. We highly recommend
that you only buy from companies that sell as an authorized dealer
of such devices and who understand how these devices work. The
last thing you want to do is spend money on something that may
not work or worse may cause you harm. Below are a few consumer
tips when buying erotic electrostimulation sex toys as well as
sex toys in general-
Only from Sellers Who Sell New Sex Toys-
Due to the nature of sexual products make sure you
look for a sex toy retailer that only sells new products and
does not allow for returns unless a product is defective (and
they have you dispose of the defective one or dispose of it
themselves). Due to risks of STDs it would be a huge liability
to be sending a sex toy that may have been used. No business
should ever risk a customer's health and we feel very strongly
about this issue because we care about your health.
Only from Resellers Who Play By the Rules-
Look for retailers that abide by the manufacturer's rules and
regulations so that they can keep receiving the products directly
from the Manufacturers and offer you all of the manufacturer's
Wary of too Good to be True-
Extremely low priced products may be stolen or refurbished (used
sex toys) in these situations the old adage of 'too good to
be true,' may apply. We suggest you use extreme caution when
purchasing products that are well below a manufacturers suggested
retail price (MSRP) or Minimum Advertised Price (MAP). There
are a few reasons why selling low is done as you must remember
that all businesses must make money to stay around, so if the
price is too good to be true, it most likely is as you will
be paying for it in other ways. Please note that we do not do
any of the following as we respect our customers.
of Your Information -
Even with large, mainstream companies this is done.
to You -
They will bombard you with all kinds of sales pitches by
email, phone and mail. Some may be pornographic..
or Used Merchandise-
Some people and stores will resell used sex toys. There
also may be a chance that the merchandise was not purchased
wholesale, rather it was stolen.
Erotic Electrostimulation Myths
estim makes having an orgasm easy it cannot be used to force
someone to have one without their consent despite a variety
of myths to the contrary.
myth is that x-ray machines at airports will definitely damage
estim devices. Typically, this is not true but it may be more
subject to inspection and require an explanation.
people out there that are not only against electrostimulation but
sex toys in general are under the illusion that they are addictive
and once you use them you will not want normal sex again. This is
a ridiculous line of thinking as no sex toy in and of itself is addictive
or can come close to the sensation of skin to skin contact with another
Read more in our articles Fear of Sex
Toys and Men's Fear of Sex Toys.
- There are those
that indicate that erotic electrostimulation causes nerve damage.
However, there are no scientific studies that have indicated this
and we have found that such articles are typically written by those
advocating you purchase natural herbs instead, which of course they
sell. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) did a study
in 2009 that indicated that electrostimulation actually promotes nerve
regeneration. However, we encourage you to be an empowered consumer
and do further research on the subject if you are concerned.
What we have found in our own research is that it does not cause nerve
damage; rather it helps nerves to heal and work better. We have also
found that electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) has been used safely
for hundreds of years. Using erotic electrostimulation may promote
the well-known effects of voluntary resistance training which basically
means it increases the strength of your muscles without you having
to do any of the work. It has been used on athletes to improve physical
performance as well as to help heal muscles. In addition, it has been
used for cosmetic reasons to enhance skin appearance for a firmer
more youthful appearance.
- There are no
documented health benefits to electrostimulation is yet another myth.
There are many medical conditions that have long been treated using
electrostimulation for health conditions that present muscle, joint,
or bone problems. Examples of such illnesses are fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis,
lower back pain, neck pain, tendinitis and bursitis. In addition,
electrostimulation has been used to treat conditions that present
pain such as child birth and even chronic pain associated with cancer.
This does not even include the sexual health studies of electrostimulation
that we also mention in this article.
- Another myth
is that you cannot have any metal piercings. You do not necessarily
have to take out metal piercing when using an electrostimulation device.
You should take out piercings if it is close to where you will be
using an electrode as metal does conduct electrical current and if
the current comes near the piercing, it may jump to it and make it
- Also see our
article on Vibrator Myths.
- Use estim
on low settings for at least a few minutes before increasing
them helps you to gently familiarize yourself with the sensations.
- Avoid putting
the power settings on too high your first few times so that
you can get used to the sensations and see how your body reacts
to such stimulation.
- If you
are unsure about using an electrostimulation device you can
consult with a physical therapist, acupuncturist, or doctor
to help you determine if it is appropriate for you to use one
as well as what settings and type to use.
- Dry skin
has a fairly high resistance so that is why lubricating the
skin is important. If you do not have enough lubricant the feeling
can be sharp and painful.
- When using
a probe vaginally, the best way to test it is to turn it on
and place it in the crux of your elbow. If you grab it with
your hand it will hurt as the micro-currents of electricity
will be stronger as it is bouncing off the tiny bones in your
hand. A vagina does not have bones, but rather soft tissue so
the feeling will be much different. Vaginal electrostimulation
dildos are sex toys that can be used as a Kegel exerciser with
long term pleasure benefits. Once Kegel muscles are toned and
tightened, a woman may have stronger and longer orgasms as reported
by many women who have tried them. It is also advised not to
get to the highest level until you work up to it. Women will
see a lot of benefit from just being on lower levels.
- It is
recommended to use the electrostimulation dildos or probes for
Kegel exercise for the first 30 days, 6 days a week in 5 minute
sessions. Again, as a woman is relaxed, by the 6th day she may
want to try level 2 and work her way up as the month progresses.
Things Clean & Shaved
erotic electrostimulation sex toys it may be beneficial to have
freshly washed skin that is hair free. By having smooth and clean
skin you will ensure that you are getting full contact with the
electrodes and avoiding hot spots and electrical arcing. If you
opt to use an anal electrode, you may wish to consider using an
enema beforehand to wash away fecal matter before any electrostimulation.
If you have
a an estim probe and wish to clean it, use a good sex
toy cleaner to keep from transferring harmful bacteria
anywhere else on the body. Even if it is silicone, do not boil
it or put it in the dishwasher to sterilize as it has electronic
The Right Lubricant
you can use olive oil or any waterbased
lubricant for erotic electrostimulation, you will find
much better results when you use an estim
gel as they are designed to promote electrical conductivity
and contain ingredients such as salt to assist in maximizing
results. You will want to avoid any silicone or silicone
hybrid lubricants as they act as an insulator and reduces
term refers to the power source for the erotic electro stimulation
device which can also be referred to as a power box. It controls
the frequency of the electrical impulses that are delivered
through either the electrodes or other attachments used for
erotic electrostimulation sex play.
term stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulation
(EMS) and it is the stimulation that draws forth muscle
contraction using electric impulses. It is sometimes also
referred to as electromyostimulation or Neuromuscular
Electrical Stimulation (NMES/NES).
term stands for Transcutaneous Electrical nerve
Stimulation (TENS) and is reference to the electrical
current that is produced by an attachment to stimulate.
term simply refers to the wires that connect electrodes
to your generator source / power source.
refers to the type of combination of electrodes that are
used in order to provide the desired results by placing
them on the body for maximum efficacy.
be successful in estim, it is important to have full
contact which means that there are no gaps or space
between the electrode and the skin. If there is space,
the electricity may arc and create an electrical 'zapping'
sensation that can be uncomfortable. This is typically
used for BDSM play as it somewhat painful. For users
who do not wish to experience such pain, it is important
to make sure there is no space between the electrode
and the skin.
can occur when there is not enough lubricant used,
contact with metal jewelry, unshaved pubic hair and
other things that would keep an electrode from having
full contact with the skin.
is the attachment that is used to deliver the electrostimulation.
They are most often made from both conductive and nonconductive
materials and can come in different shapes and sizes.
Please note that you cannot connect more than one output
to the same electrode unless it is allowed through a special
model of an electrostimulation device. It is important
to read the instructions carefully and unless otherwise
directed, you should assume that you cannot connect the
leads together from different channels or devices. Electrodes
can be made of a variety of materials. Typical metals
include gold, silver, aluminum, and stainless steel. They
can also be made out of conductive silicone or rubber.
They can also come in single, double, triple, or quadruple
A single pole (uni-pole) refers to an electrode with one
connection point and continuous conductive surface. When
using a single pole electrode, you must use another electrode
for it to complete the circuit and work. It will not work
unless at least one other electrode is used.
This type of electrode (a.k.a. bi-pole, bipolar) has two
connection points with two separate conductive surfaces
and can be used by itself as it is able to complete the
circuit. It may also be used as a single pole when only
one of the connection points on it is used.
Also known as a tri-pole, this type of electrode has three
connection points with three separate conductive surfaces
and can be used by itself as it is able to complete the
circuit. It may also be used as a single or double pole
when one or two of the connection points on it is used.
Also known as a quad-pole (a.k.a. quadra-pole), this type
of electrode has four connection points with four separate
conductive surfaces and can be used by itself as it is
able to complete the circuit. It may also be used as a
single, double or triple pole when one, two or three of
the connection points on it is used.
devices on the market today are safe to use as long as you
follow the instructions carefully. Below you will find some
safety tips for using erotic electrostimulation devices.
people don't have any side effects from electro sex play
when they follow instructions and the proper equipment
is used. In some cases there may be some area of redness
from the electrode which may be from the adhesive gel
not the current. Also, if the estim device was used for
a long time you may experience sore muscles for up to
a couple of days much in the same way you would if you
did an intense workout. In rare occurrences you may experience
temporarily numbness or muscle twitches which typically
are gone after only a few days. If you have any concerns
beyond these side-effects you should contact your physician.
should typically keep connections below the waist and
make sure that if you do use them above the waist you
have read the health risks involved by doing so. This
is particularly important for those with heart conditions.
should also never run estim products through the heart
area or above your shoulders.
must never flow through the brain, on the eyes, in the
mouth, or over the ears, or any other part of your head
Current must never flow through the throat (near the laryngeal
or pharyngeal area) as muscle spasms in this area can
devices do not have AP/APG safety (they are not impact
not use around explosive or combustible material.
only on healthy skin.
Do not use if you have active cancer, or an implanted metallic
or electronic device.
Do not use if you have a history of rate or conductive disturbance.
not use one vaginally if you have a copper IUD, an active vaginal
infection or open sores, an active urinary tract infection or
have had recent pelvic surgery (should be 6 weeks post operative
and have doctor's clearance). If you have concerns regarding
your health, consult your doctor before using this product.
make sure to begin using your estim products slowly at
low settings to make sure you are connected properly and
are not experiencing adverse side-effects.
sessions to no more than thirty minutes in order to avoid
any lingering tingling sensations that may last as long
as 24 hours.
using audio amplifiers to avoid tissue damage.
electrostimulation is not advised for pregnant women or
women who might be pregnant (must be 6 weeks postpartum)
or anyone with a heart condition, heart disease, epilepsy
(including those with a history of strokes or seizures),
implanted electronic devices (i.e. defibrillators, pacemakers,
drug pumps, etc.) or related medical conditions.
should also not use electrostimulation on vital parts
such as carotid sinus nerves, across the brain and for
health conditions that may be affected by muscle contractions
or on skin irritations and burns.
- If you
desire to use estim devices on the nipples you must use only
those devices that are specifically designed for nipple stimulation
which have two contacts for each electrode as it is dangerous
to use a single electrode on each nipple which in turn runs
the electrical current across the chest and heart area.
- If you
need to move your electrodes, you should first turn off your
estim device as moving them while it is on can cause it to arc
leaving hot spots and electrical burns.
- Estim devices
typically have double isolation from AC power and should always
come with UL and CE approved AC adapters.
using estim devices with two or more people unless they are
specifically designed to be used in this manner. Devices that
have multiple channels may be used by more than one person if
each person is wired to their own output. However, do not share
a single output channel between more than one person as it may
cause unintentional current paths (i.e. through the heart or
head) which can cause health risks.
- When doing
research on some sites you may find that they mention that great
care must be given to anything using a current greater than
500 mA, as tissue burns may result due to heating of the electrode.
The electrostimulation devices that we have on our site are
nowhere near that amount and do not go above 80 mA and only
go to 40 Volts. It should be noted that anything over 120 Volts
are dangerous for adults.
it is important to keep in mind that there is big difference
between alternating current and continuous current, and of
course between low voltage (below 500V*) and high voltage
(more than 500V*). Our devices work with continuous current
in low voltage. This is important to understand because if
a nerve tract in your body receives two impulses at the same
time it will carry the stronger of the two. The estim devices
we carry only apply current at the nerve ends where impulses
can only be received, not produced or interpreted.
the different types of current there are Alternating currents
(AC) - what comes out of the wall outlets which are a great
deal more dangerous than a continuous current (CC). Simply
put if you are receiving 50 impulses per second - the body
feels 100 impulses for AC, but only 50 impulses for CC which
is a big difference.
can occur when there is too strong of an intensity based on
the current's density. A density of 10 mA / mm˛ can lead to
redness, and from 20 mA / mm˛ upwards, marks or blisters are
possible. With the products that we sell on this site set
to the maximum of 80 mA, when users follow directions both
poles must touch more than 8 mm˛ of skin which keeps the density
under 10 mA/mm˛ and thus there are typically not the risk
of burns when instructions are followed.