Intensity, a new vibrator-slash-“muscle stimulator,” has as many features as the cooking gizmos advertised on late-night TV. The shaft inflates and deflates to suit your vaginal size; it has multispeed clitoral and g-spot vibrators; and, strangest of all, it boasts adjustable electro stimulation. It claims to induce bonkers orgasms via vibration and has electric pads on the shaft that deliver small jolts to your internal muscles, causing them to involuntarily contract and eventually strengthen. Since strong pelvic muscles prevent vaginal prolapse and urine leakage (and improve your sexy times), I was definitely enthused about Intensity’s promises. Vibrator-assisted mondo-orgasms and rock-hard vageen muscles? Sign me up.
I approached this thing like the chimps examining the black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey: fearful, curious, and intimidated. I did as the instructions said, coating the shaft with the included electrogel and inserting it while the Intensity was fully off. When I activated all the functions, I expected some kind of fireworks, possibly even literal ones, but I was a bit let down. First off, I like a more robust vibration—my favorite toy is the Hitachi Magic Wand, which has all the discreet elegance of a belt sander. The Intensity’s vibration more closely resembles the gentle touch of a Bullet vibe, and is probably better suited for a daintier lady. No amount of wiggling or readjustment made the vibrator feel quite right, and I wasn’t able to get off, despite the fact that I usually orgasm like a teenage boy—quickly, and with very little effort.
As for the involuntary Kegels, the Intensity definitely delivered on its promise. There are five speeds of stimulation, and I made it up to the third before I had to say uncle. The feeling was more functional than sexual for me—as if I were doing internal bicep curls. I’m all for anything that encourages me to be lazier, so I was glad to lay back and let electricity do all the work. At over $200, the Intensity isn’t an impulse purchase, unless you have a Scrooge McDuck-sized bank account. That said, many women report mind-blowing experiences with this toy, which combines sexual health with sexual satisfaction and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. If it works for you, I think it’s worth every penny.
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By Ashley St. Ives
This review appears in the April/May issue of BUST Magazine with cover girl Krysten Ritter. Subscribe now.
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