Vaginal electrical stimulation (VES) is a technique sometimes used in women’s pelvic floor physical therapy. The pelvic floor muscles work together to keep the urinary and bowel systems working smoothly. They are important for a woman’s sexual health, as they are involved in arousal, lubrication, and orgasm. Sometimes, the pelvic floor muscles need strengthening and toning. There are a number of different techniques that can be used, including VES.
VES can be done in the therapist office or with a personal device at home. First, lubricant is applied to a small sensor, which is then placed inside the vagina. Next, a low-voltage current is delivered through the sensor. This current stimulates nerves in the muscles and makes the muscles contract – exercising them, in a sense. The strength of the current can be adjusted for a woman’s comfort. She or her therapist can control the amount of time the current lasts. Usually, the procedure involves short periods of current alternating with periods of rest.
Past studies have shown that VES can help women who have both pelvic floor problems and sexual issues. In a December 2014 report published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, scientists from Turkey discussed whether the technique could help women who had sexual dysfunction only, without any problems with their pelvic floor. They analyzed data from two groups of women who reported sexual problems. One group received VES treatment; the other received a placebo treatment. The overall results from the two groups were not much different. The researchers noted that VES might be effective for sexual dysfunction only, but more research is needed.
Erotic Electrostimulation Health Benefits
E-stim 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.
Electroejaculation 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.
While 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 studies-
In 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.
Use 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.
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 hurt as the micro-currents of electricity is stronger as it is bouncing off the tiny bones in the 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.
Keeping Things Clean & Shaved
When using erotic electrostimulation sex toys it may be beneficial to have freshly washed skin that is hair free. By having smooth and clean skin you 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 components.
Using The Right Lubricant
While you can use olive oil or any waterbased lubricant for erotic electrostimulation, you find much better results when you use an
To 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.
These 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.