Questions related to E-Stim safety
Everything you ever needed to known about the safety of playing with E-Stim. Find out the do's and don'ts for electroplay.
Can I use a condom on the electrodes?
No, as e-stim electrodes rely on contact with the body, a condom will provide an insulator, preventing the electrode from working. The best method to ensure protection from infection is to ensure that you have your own electrodes and you don't share with others. Ensure you clean the electrodes thoroughly both before and after use.
Can I use e-stim across my nipples?
Despite what you might see on electro sex groups we strongly advise against using any E-Stim equipment across the nipples. The heart is a rather important piece of your body that runs on electrical signals ...Passing a current across the chest from any E-Stim equipment MAY disrupt its operation. To play safe stick to stimming below the waist (and remember hand to hand may pass across the chest.. a definite NO.NO.)
If you know exactly what you are doing it is possible to undertake safe electro nipple play, with specialised equipment such as the E-Stim Systems 2B and BiPolar EClips.
How Safe is E-Stim?
E-Stim companies only generally sell units on the strict understanding that they are novelty items, but good advice would be to only purchase from a well known manufacturer with a good reputation and with a control unit that is CE marked. Beware of imported TENS units that are not designed for electroplay as well as using second hand and adapted equipment
Electroplay itself does have a couple of safety considerations, mainly to ensure that no current passes through the heart or across the chest, especially if pacemakers or other medical devices are in use. Based on this you should NOT use any form of Electro Stimulation if you have a heart condition, suffer from Epilepsy or are pregnant.
Contact points should be secure and if possibly lubricated, E-Stim could possibly cause burns at high levels with small contact areas.
Will it leave marks?
Generally E-Stim with made for play dedicated units doesn't leave marks, unless you are using it for long periods of time, or at very high levels. But should you incur any adverse reactions, such as skin tenderness while using an Electro-Stimulation unit it is recommended that you discontinue its use. Electrical play with violetwands is known to cause marking.
Can E-Stim cause burns?
Generally no, but with high levels, and a very small contact area it is possible to cause minor irritation or redness.
What do you mean by isolated channels?
An E-Stim box with isolated channels means there is no electrical connection between channels.One of the safety aspect of e-stim is to try to avoid passing current across the chest. If you have a power box with two non isolated channels it is possible to have current flow from channel to channel, so although you might think you are not passing current across the chest, you actually are.Examples are the E-Stim Systems 2B, the ET312 and the EM140.
Can I use E-Stim on my head, ears, neck?
No. The general advice is to stay below the waist, but certainly avoid anything above the shoulders - there are too many autonomous nerves that could be inadvertently stimulated by e-stim.
Can I use a violet wand and e-stim at the same time?
It is not something that we would generally recommend. A violet wand is designed to use excessively high voltages (although tiny currents) that will destroy most consumer electronics - so your PC, mobile phone and any other electronics that you can think of could be vulnerable.
Simple answer - No.
Can I use E-Stim if I have a heart condition?
If you have a heart condition you should NOT use any kind of electro-therapy device unless recommended and guided by your medical practitioner.
I am taking prescription medicines can I use e-stim?
We cannot offer medical advice in this respect as there are so many medicines that are available, we suggest you talk to your medical practitioner.
I am allergic to latex, can I use conductive rubber?
Latex allergies are normally related to the release agent used in making latex, but if you have an allergy, the advice would be to try a small piece of conductive rubber on the skin - you should be able to see if there is a reaction.
I am allergic to nickel can I use e-stim?
Generally yes, but check with the manufacturer to ensure their electrodes are nickel free. You need to ensure that you are using a power box with no DC output (all made for play power boxes have an AC output), to ensure there is no possibility of ion migration, as well as more obviously an electrode that does not contain nickel.
I have a steel pin in my leg will this cause an issue?
Metal implants in the body are not known to cause any issues however if you are unsure then have a chat to your medical practitioner and possibly avoid connecting any electrodes on or near the implant location.