A bit of exercise.If you're looking to be reminded to do your Kegels, this might be the right exerciser for you. It won't force you to do them, and don't expect to be able to weight lift with your vaginal muscles afterward, but it might help to tighten up to increase orgasms.
I thought that the rubbery end which hangs outside of your body might be annoying, but I hardly notice it. If I were to wear spandex shorts or something along those lines, it might be apparent, but in regular jeans and undies, you can't tell I'm wearing the Eclipse. Also, I never actually feel the cord either. It's made of a strong rubber so I don't fear it breaking off when I pull on it either.
There is virtually no smell to the rubber exerciser, but I made a point to wash it with soap several times before using it so that the scent would be diminished quite a bit. I also continue to wash the toy after and before every use. I simply don't want it to inhabit bacteria.
The two balls are connected with a minimal amount of rubbery plastic so that the balls have the ability to bend away and towards one another without being forced. Again, this is the same rubber as the pull-string, and I haven't noticed it becoming weaker with use at all. One of the questions I had before receiving the Couture Collection Eclipse was how they were weighted. I simply thought they would heavy; instead, it feels like a baby rattle, in a way. Inside each individual ball, it feels as though there is another ball which is why you can feel them vibrate a bit inside of you. There is no noise though, even though I sometimes become paranoid that everyone is staring at me wondering what that "noise" is...even though there is none.
It has a very smooth exterior, and there are no cutting edges. This was my biggest reservation about the exerciser, but luckily there is none. Although the toy itself is not sexual to me, nor does it provide pleasure in the traditional sensual sense, it does make me feel a bit sexy. Since I am using my vaginal muscles more I am more in tune with my body, which makes me want sex more often.
Truth be told though, I have not noticed a huge difference in the "strength" of my muscles, but I have only been using this for about a week, anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours a day. I am hoping that with a few more weeks of use I'll be able to feel a larger difference. If not, I would still recommend buying it because of the fact it simply encourages me to be more aware of my body, and also has me thinking about sex more often throughout the day.