Now it’s time to review what we’ve discussed so far. We’ll start with some of the terms we first discovered when talking about electro-stim:
Closed Loop (aka “complete circuit”): A closed loop is needed in order for current to flow through a circuit and the body is one example of a circuit. Electrodes are placed on the body and connected to a power unit using lead wires.
Current: Current is the flow of electrons, expressed in amperes (A) or milliamperes (mA). Current flows from a source, through a load, and back to the source. This flow is enabled only when the circuit is complete. An open circuit — one that has been interrupted by a space placed between the conductors — will result in no current flow and in the case of e-stim, no sensation felt.
Electrode: An electrode is a conductive surface that enables an electrical connection between the body and the power unit. Electrodes can be flat for use on the surface of the skin or shaped to fit inside various parts of the body. Examples include gel electrodes, scrotal electrodes (ECup and Ball Vise), cock electrodes (CockCap, conductive rubber tube, metal rings and conductive bands), and insertable anal and vaginal probes.
Power Unit: A power unit converts a direct current source — battery or the output from an AC adapter — to an alternating current source (AC). There are many kinds of power units used to stimulate the body, including medical devices designed to treat chronic pain (TENS units) and made-for-play devices (ErosTek ET312, ET232 and ET302R among others) which produce erotic sensations by generating complex, ever-changing waveforms. A power unit always includes some method of controlling the output level or intensity, the selection of a mode or routine, and the speed at which the mode or routine plays. Some power units have a simple layout (ET232) while others have more capabilities and complexity (ET312) or remote-controlled operation (ET30R). The choice of which power unit you choose is perhaps the most important as it determines the quality and range of sensations you will experience.
Monopolar: Monopolar devices have one electrode surface. They need to be paired with another monopolar device in order to create a closed loop which allows current to flow — and sensations to be felt.
Bipolar: Bipolar devices have two electrode surfaces with an insulator combined into a single package. They can be used to form a closed loop (complete circuit) by themselves with no additional electrode needed.
How to Get Started
Package Deals and Making Your Own Choices
[ ] Electrodes for the cock, balls, and butt.
[ ] Accessories as needed to connect electrodes to lead wires
[ ] Conductive gel or water-based lube
FAQ and Troubleshooting
I don’t feel anything!
Connecting just one wire of a lead to the body will result in no current flow (an open circuit) even at maximum power levels. It’s good practice to get wired up first, then plug the lead wire into your power unit with the outputs turned all the way down. Slowly adjust the output levels until you just begin to feel the pulses. If you get past 12 o’clock and still don’t feel anything, it’s a good idea to turn the output back down and check your connections, making sure that both ends of the lead wire are connected to an electrode surface, and that there is some skin between each electrode. If the electrodes overlap and make contact with each other, you won’t feel anything — current flows in the path of least resistance, just like lots of things.
Why does my cock sometimes tingle after I’m finished with an e-stim session?
Your nerve endings were repeatedly energized — more technically, polarized and depolarized — during your session. Afterwards, it’s common to feel a slight tingling or numbness, but this usually is a result of longer sessions (an hour or more, let’s say) coupled with higher output levels over the length of the session. These two factors combined cause the residual tingly feeling that sometimes persists for an hour or so after your session is through. From my own experience, and in all the cases that I’ve heard of, the nerve endings restore themselves back to normal with a bit of rest, making them ready for…another session!
Will I still want to have sex with a person after I stim?
Maybe not right after, but most likely, you’ll still want the pleasure of another man or woman — if you already want that now. Electro-stim is not a replacement for normal, healthy sexual relations. But it can be a bit daunting to bring up if your partner is not willing to experiment. That’s OK. You can always use e-stim solo. I am a regular, moderate user of e-stim and most of the time, I’m doing it privately on myself. It’s become another form of meditation for me: a way to bring my attention back to my body, my breathing, and how it feels to be in the moment as it happens.
The lights are flashing but I don’t feel anything!
The LEDs (aka “lights”) are designed to indicate when a signal is being produced by the power unit. It doesn’t guarantee that you’ll feel anything. For that, you need to be wired correctly with 2 electrodes in a complete circuit connected to a power unit and the output level adjusted to the point that you can feel the current flowing. Just because the lights are ON doesn’t mean you’ll feel it. There are a few things in between those blinking lights and you. Review our Getting Started Guide and become familiar with what’s needed to close the loop and allow the current to flow.
If you still have questions, that’s great! We have several resources for you to consider:
Our blog is located at http://blog.erostek.com. Here you will find a collection of articles written about our products — including new product announcements and how to care for the ones you already have — and a growing library of e-stm videos and AudioStim tracks made for the ErosTek ET312. Feel free to browse our blog and comment on the posts you see there. Become part of our growing e-stim community.
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Books and Articles
The subject of male sexual practice is shrouded in mystery. Here are a few articles and one well-written book I’ve found to be helpful:
We Need to Talk About Butt Sex a great article by Mark O’Connell, a psychotherapist in NYC’s Flatiron District with links to several books and resources including:
- The Bronze Eye Is Open: A Philosophy of Anal Sex an article on Huffington Post by Marten Weber, author of “Benedetto Casanova” and other books
- The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex by Stephen E. Goldstone (1999)
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