I tore my ACL during college. Had reconstructive knee surgery, and spent five months in the training room rehabilitating so I’d be ready for football season the following fall. In addition to one-legged “clock rotations,” inverted wall squats, and various Bosu Ball balancing acts, my regimen also included a good amount of electronic stimulation therapy. If you’ve never experienced this sort of treatment (known simply as “stim” by about midway through your second month of rehab), it goes something like this: Rydell stretched out on the trainer’s table, book in hand, while a small machine fires quick bursts of electricity to the muscles around the knee. Said muscles flex involuntarily and, in theory, regain full strength more quickly.
Okay, back to the world of sex toys. When we received the Jopen Intensity, the first words I noticed on the box read: “10 incremental levels of electro stimulation.” No way, I thought, it can’t be the same thing.
“It totally is!” says Susan. (Quick bit of Susan history: she spent a year as an athletic trainer.) “I know what electro stim is. I watched countless athletes’ muscles twitch while hooked up to the equipment we had. I was very curious about how they would incorporate that into a sex toy. And why, to be honest.”
Since we’re being honest, I will say that electro stim takes some getting used to. By the end of my rehabilitation stretch, I loved it, craved it even. At first, however, it felt like … well, it felt like the first time you accidentally run into an electrified fence while playing kick the can outside of town in the middle of the night.
“I was totally anxious,” Susan admits. “It’s one thing to shock the muscles around your knee or whatever; I was about to do that inside my pussy! I’ve stuck my tongue on a 9-volt battery. I’m not sure I wanted that happening anywhere near my lower lips.”
Susan’s a trooper, though, so after applying the electrode gel (important so that the stimulation contacts are in direct contact with the vaginal walls), we inserted the Intensity, inflated it (yes, you read that correctly; more on this later), and I turned it on to level one.
“I waited, but didn’t feel anything,” she says. “Level two gave me a little flutter. Level three … I’ve never felt my pussy squeeze that hard! It was a crazy feeling, too, because I didn’t have anything to do with it so I wasn’t expecting it. Rydell pushed the button and then all of a sudden it was just boom, like a clenched fist.”
The Jopen Intensity is actually billed as a hybrid, two-for-one pelvic-floor-exerciser-slash-clitoral-stimulator. The exercise portion is the aforementioned electronic stimulation, and the theory mirrors my knee routine experience: shockwaves force the vaginal muscles to involuntarily contract, thus strengthening them more efficiently.
“I can see the potential for this,” Susan says. “We’re big fans of exerciser balls and such, but after using the Intensity’s stim function for just a few minutes, my vagina is actually worn out. There’s no other way to explain it. It feels like I do after a big lift at the gym.”
A fatigued vagina isn’t exactly a major turn on — for either party — but that situation is easily remedied with the toy’s vibration feature, a fairly straightforward rabbit-like module that straddles and buzzes the clitoris with five continuous speeds.
“The vibrator combined with the inflatable shaft is a lot of fun,” Susan adds.
| http://www.edenfantasys.com/jopen-intensity/adult-toys-dvds-34411 | Intensity by Jopen]Ah yes, back to the inflation situation. The success of the device’s electro stimulation depends on quality — and constant — intimate contact between user and shaft. Since women are shaped differently, the Intensity inflates to ensure a custom fit for everybody. You wouldn’t know it based on Susan’s reaction, but it’s actually a very important technical piece of the overall concept.
“Yeah, yeah, just give it another pump,” she laughs. “I mean, come on, usually whatever you put in is what you get. This thing grows inside! That felt nice, and the vibrator fingers hit my clit perfect. Some ladies might be a little disappointed that there aren’t any varying patterns or crescendos like most of the recent vibes have, but I actually like the steady hum so it worked well for me.”
The fact is, the Jopen Intensity works well to both fill (get it?) a fun niche as a sex toy, and ultimately to also build a stronger pussy. “It’s sort of cool to know that playing with it is like milk …,” Susan says. “You know, doing my body good.”
Yeah, we get it, still “there’s no question that this is one of the craziest products we’ve ever tried,” Susan continues. “When that thing makes my cunt contract, it’s like it has taken control of my entire body. All I want to do is shut it off, but at the same time all I want to do is wait for one more shock, and then one more after that. There’s something about those tremors that gets to be sort of addictive.”
Like I said, electro stim takes a little getting used to, but eventually, there’s nothing else like adding a little extra Intensity to your regimen.