The most popular electric massage devices are powered by batteries, and it can be hard to tell the difference between an ordinary, everyday vibrator and one that is made to stimulate the genitals.
Electric massagers have been around for decades, but now that they’re so popular, scientists have started to investigate their effects on human sexual response.
The results are revealing, but not conclusive.
The most common vibrators and massagers use electric current, and when a person experiences orgasm, they may experience a rapid rise in blood pressure and heart rate, which can be dangerous for health.
In a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers examined how the response to electric stimulation varied with sexual orientation and body type.
The researchers wanted to know if the body’s sensitivity to electric current was influenced by body type, sex and sexual orientation.
To test that hypothesis, the researchers used a novel device that allowed participants to wear electrodes on their genitals that monitored how their bodies responded to electric stimuli.
In the lab, participants wore the device while performing a sexual task.
Participants with the most sensitive muscles and the strongest genital response (the muscles in the lower abdomen that contract with the movement of the penis) reported significantly higher levels of arousal and orgasm, as did the participants who experienced a weaker, less intense genital response.
Participants who reported being in a heterosexual, middle-aged or older group also reported higher levels, according to the study.
The findings were similar when researchers examined sexual orientation as well.
Those with a preference for men and those who reported having an older age group reported significantly lower levels of stimulation during their sexual activity.
The sexual stimulation was not affected by body types or sex, and the researchers suggest that people who experience arousal or orgasm from stimulation of their genitals are most likely to experience arousal and orgasms when they’re aroused by their own body.
The study was the first to use the device to study the response of the human body to electric sexual stimulation.
It’s also the first time that researchers have studied the effect of sexual orientation on sexual response in humans.
“This is the first study to use a device that allows individuals to wear a device with electrodes to measure their sexual response,” said lead researcher and PhD student Rachael M. Kiecolt, a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of California, San Diego.
“I was very surprised by how different these two groups were.
There were no differences in sexual response between these two sexes, and we found no difference in the responses of the two groups to stimulation of the same body part.
Our study provides some of the first evidence that the responses to electric sex stimulation vary with sexual orientations, but we are still in the early stages of understanding what these responses are and what they may mean.”
This is important because previous studies have suggested that sexual arousal is a complex process that depends on a variety of factors including body weight, hormonal balance and physical activity.
It may be possible to target sexual arousal by targeting specific muscles or hormones, but these interventions are likely to be limited by the fact that most people prefer to be aroused by stimulation of other parts of their body, not by their genitals.
The next step for Kiect and colleagues is to look at how stimulation of different parts of the body influences sexual response, which could help scientists better understand how human sexuality is affected by factors other than our genitals.
“It’s important to understand what the biological basis for sexual response is,” Kiecentt said.
“We know that the body is a lot more complicated than that, and that there are many factors that affect sexual responses, including hormones and genetic factors.
It is a very complicated topic and there are so many different questions that need to be answered before we can understand sexual arousal in humans.”
The findings are an important step toward understanding sexual arousal and the biology of sexual response and how these can be used to design better, safer sex.
The University of Cincinnati, which was not involved in the research, is now planning to study similar devices that could monitor sexual response to a variety or types of sexual stimulation, including electrical stimulation, and which could be used in future research.
This work was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01-HD068981, R01-MH038983, R21-MH083973, R22-MH093918 and R2250-MH071185) and the Ohio Health Sciences Center.
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