The idea of using electricity on your body for pleasure isn’t as unusual as we think. Our body constantly uses electrical impulses to exchange information between nerve endings in the brain.
Without these electrical impulses, we wouldn't be able to feel when we hug, kiss, or even have sex. Our skin is conductive, so if we’re sitting next to our partner while connected via wires, the second we touch, we feel a cool, tingly sensation that’s completely different from that of vibration or spanking.
With TENS units, they send soft electrical impulses, reaching the spinal cord, and ensuring there is no room left for pain information. This means the positive sensation of arousal is processed more quickly and felt more intensely.
The electrical impulses transmitted to the nerves by e-stim devices have three properties that can be regulated with the device, including width, rate, and intensity. The width of an impulse will determine the duration of that single impulse , and varying the width along with the intensity of the electricity will allow the stimulation of other nerves.
Meanwhile, the impulse rate, or frequency, refers to how often electrical impulses are released to the skin measured in Hertz (Hz). According to Mystim, a company that produces e-stim devices, setting a frequency at 80 Hz or higher will deliver a tickling, vibrating sensation. A lower frequency, 10 Hz or less, allows a user to detect the individual impulses as they come in contact with the skin.
Lastly, the intensity controls the strength of each impulse. We sense impulse strength differently due to the variation in tissue resistance, thickness of skin, and other factors. The intensity should be chosen so that the __impulse __ is felt as thumping or tickling, but never uncomfortable or even painful.
E-stim can give us a hands-free orgasm with little effort, but it also has some surprising health benefits. Electro ejaculation has been used by humans to address issues related to ED, according to Weill Cornell Medical College. A electrostimulation probe is inserted into the male’s rectum to produce ejaculation in cases of ejaculatory dysfunction for both animals and humans. This fertility treatment is best for men with a high sperm count but low sperm quality.
A similar 2008 study found percutaneous electrostimulation of the perineum (PESP) — stimulating the perineum, the region between the thighs inferior to the pelvic diaphragm — can induce an erection in men who have a spinal cord injury. But that's another story to be told.
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