Uh… no thanks.
That was my first reaction when I saw this week’s topic. I frequently look at short porn clips on PornHub or RedTube. When I search for BDSM clips, electrical play always pops up too. Yes, I have clicked some of those to look at them but to be honest, it scares me. The idea of electrical shocks really scare me. But maybe by researching this kink some more, I might come to understand it better and fear it less.
What is electrical play or electro play?
I visited several websites to read about electrical play and learn more about it.
Erotic electrostimulation (abbreviated e-stim and also known as electrosex) is a human sexual practice involving the application of electrical stimulation to the nerves of the body, with particular emphasis on the genitals, using a power source (such as a TENS, EMS, Violet wand, or made-for-play units) for purposes of sexual stimulation. Electrostimulation has been associated with BDSM activities, and erotic electrostimulation is an evolution of that practice. Erotic electrostimulation is the use of electrostimulation in an erotic or sexual manner versus the more sadistic or painful applications in BDSM.
Electro Sex is very simply the application of electrical charges to your erogenous zones for the purposes of stimulation.
What does it feel like?
My eye fell on this piece of text when I read about electrical play on the Bondara site.
Have you ever used a muscle stimulation device (like a Slendertone for example) to tone your abdominal muscles? Electro Sex pads, dildos, nipple clamps and cock rings work on the same principle; lightly stimulating you with a safe amount of electricity that causes your muscles to clench.
What types of electro-stimulation are there?
I guess that just like with pain, people enjoy different intensities of electrical play.
- Pulse based stimulation: this is the safest form of electro-stimulation. Devices use for it are TENS and EMS units, as well as some devices sold for erotic purposes. A pulse type waveform coming from these devices is designed to safely stimulate muscles and nerves.
- Electrostatic stimulation: high voltage devices are used to generate a spark which can jump to the body. The ultraviolet wand is the most commonly used device for electrostatic stimulation.
They work by ionizing the air between the device and the body. This small amount of superheated air is both very hot and contains a lot of ozone which is very reactive and destructive to human tissue. Most of these devices also give off intense ultraviolet light right next to the skin which is known to cause damage and skin cancer.
- AC/DC stimulation
There are a variety of devices in this category such as cattle prods, batteries, hand crank generators, home stereos and various other adapted or homemade devices. In general, these are the most dangerous forms of electrostimulation. They were not designed for use on the human body and typically can generate far too much power to be safe. Many are also not properly isolated. They can cause burns, electrochemical changes in human tissue, muscle damage and even be fatal. The effect is also often far from erotic.
(Source: Guide to Erotic Electrostimulation (c) 1998 by D. Williams, MD)
On all the sites I visited to find more information about electrical play, there was a paragraph for safety. If you want to engage in this kind of play, please make sure you take all safety measures into account. Educate yourself!
After reading about electrical play, I am not convinced that I would ever want to try it. When reading that the violet wand can cause you skin cancer, I shivered. If I remember correctly the violet wand leaves beautiful red lines when used on someone’s back, but I prefer to get those lines from a knife than from anything that conducts an electrical current. This is not my kink.
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