I’d like to introduce you to Crescendo, a smart vibrator and toy that has the potential to help transform your life. You probably know that sex can have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing, but I bet you didn’t know to what extent. In this article, I’ll share with you what your sex life has to do with prostate cancer, the quality of sleep and more.
On September 18, 2018, I got an email from the marketing manager at Mystery Vibe, a pleasure tech startup that has the ambitious goal of making sex toys mainstream. They asked me if I wanted to review Crescendo, an advanced luxury vibrator, which recently won the Design Week award by beating the Apple Watch.
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Frankly, I wasn’t sure how to respond at first because I have never covered a sex toy on my blog and didn’t have any intention of doing so. But as I thought about the proposal and learned more about Mystery Vibe and its strategy, the more I realized that their products perfectly represent the fusion of technology and health that my blog focuses on.
For the rebel in me, writing about Crescendo was a no-brainer. I just had to figure out the context, as I wanted to turn this article into something my audience would enjoy reading.
Let’s Talk About Sex
Even though Salt-N-Peppa with their hit song from 1990 “Let’s Talk About Sex” already suggested to talk about the topic, it’s still taboo for many, and we generally do not talk about it much.
Why? We are all the result of the sexual intercourse our parents had (let that picture sink in for a moment), and despite the life-changing potential that goes along with someone’s sex life, we often don’t touch the subject (pun intended).
Depending on when and where you grew up, the chances are that your sexual education as an adolescent might have been somewhat limited or downright misleading. I don’t remember the details of “the talk” I had with my dad, but he communicated the subject relatively direct. Still, there was plenty of misinformation out there and still is. For example, I remember the rumor going around in my high school that masturbation might cause blindness. Really?
Fortunately, my wife and I are on the same page regarding how we intend to educate our kids once they are older. Our goal is to enable them to talk openly about sex and sexuality with anyone they choose to and to embrace sex for what it is: A crucial component of our lives and overall wellbeing.
Health Benefits of Sex
Sex is physical activity, and it increases your heart rate and blood flow. As a result, you burn calories. According to a study from 2013, “mean energy expenditure during sexual activity was 101 kCal or 4.2 kCal/min in men and 69.1 kCal or 3.1 kCal/min in women.” (1). That’s less than half of what you would burn by running 30 minutes on a treadmill, but I’d argue sex is significantly more fun.
Apple Watch owners: Hands up if you ever tried to close your activity rings at the end of the day by having sex! Personally, I think Apple should add a separate “Sex” category, so we don’t have to pick “Other?”
But sex also has other perceived and proven benefits for your wellbeing. For instance, sex:
- Stimulates your brain by increasing blood flow,
- Decreases the perception of pain through the release of neurotransmitters, including dopamine,
- Boosts your confidence,
- May reduce the risk of prostate cancer,
- Improves sleep,
- Reduces stress by interacting how your body deals with cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone.”
Sexual intercourse can have a significant influence on your wellbeing by triggering the release of certain hormones, including oxytocin and dopamine, which in turn can play a crucial role in how your body deals with cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone.”
Sex Can Improve Sleep
You might have noticed that stress can have a negative impact on your sleep, and especially on how quickly you fall asleep. That’s why I try to avoid reading, watching or discussing anything before bedtime that might stress me out. There have been plenty of times where a stressful event right before bedtime has kept my head spinning and me awake.
Sex, and especially an orgasm triggers the release of oxytocin and dopamine. Studies have shown that the former can reduce cortisol levels and increase positive communication (2). Both can improve sleep and shorten the time it takes to fall asleep.
The Relationship Between Physical Fitness And Sexual Functioning
Studies have shown that the fitter you are, the better you can sexually function (3). That in return can enhance how you perceive yourself. Plus, we already learned that sex counts as physical activity. As a result, sex is almost like a positive feedback loop improving both your overall health and sex life.
Sex And Mental Health
There appears to be a relationship between sexual activity and mental health (4). Studies have discovered that couples who talk about sex and problems related to their sexual needs have reported fewer depressive symptoms, and higher sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction compared to those who don’t talk about their issues (5).
Ejaculation Frequency And Risk Of Prostate Cancer
Studies have demonstrated a relationship between ejaculation frequency and the risk of prostate cancer in men (6). While it’s still unclear what factors influence this relationship, I’d recommend playing it safe and increasing the frequency :)
What Sex Toys Have To Do With All Of That?
Regardless of your sexual orientation and whether you have a partner or not, sex toys can provide an additional channel to express your sexual desires, spice things up, and make you want to have more sex.
Not everyone feels comfortable making toys part of their sex life, and that’s ok. But I’d argue that anything that helps to have more sex and to express your sexual desires increases the chance of reaping the above benefits.
Smart Sex Toys
The market is flooded with all kinds of tools and gadgets that sometimes make the wildest claims about how they can improve your sex life.
Interestingly, the segment of smart and technologically advanced sex toys is still relatively new and immature. But companies, such as London-based Mystery Vibe have set out to change that by making pleasure technology mainstream and lifting some of the taboos that many of us associate with such products.
That’s what intrigued me and, ultimately, made me decide to write a blog article covering Crescendo, a luxury dildo that’s packed with technology.
Meet Crescendo – MysteryVibe’s Smart Vibrator
If you are like me, and English isn’t your native language, you might not have known that “Crescendo” means “a progressive increase in force and intensity.” That’s an apt name for a vibrator, so kudos to MysteryVibe’s marketing team!
But beyond its fitting name, Crescendo has many features that make it unique and worth considering:
- Apple-like, minimalistic design
- Premium materials and craftsmanship
- Six powerful motors for customized vibrations
- Bendable to support different body types and shapes
- Remote Control and update via mobile app
- Supports wireless charging
- 100% waterproof
Technologically, Crescendo is impressive, and its feature list, including inductive charging, waterproof, and Bluetooth reads like the spec sheet of the latest iPhone.
I’m a technologist and when I received the “review unit” I didn’t bother to read the instructions. Instead, I started pushing the various buttons to find out what they would do.
Pretty quickly, I figured out that MysteryVibe preloaded Crescendo with a couple of programs that feature different vibrations or vibration patterns and intensities. What I didn’t realize was that pressing two of the side-buttons simultaneously locks the vibrator, so you can’t accidentally turn it off or change the pattern during “play.” As a result, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to unlock the device before I could turn it off.
My wife was cracking up seeing my struggle with this vibrator. So I highly recommend you check out the “getting started” guide before taking it into battle.
You can bend Crescendo into any shape or form you like, making it perfect to explore your or your partner’s body. Plus, the smart vibrator has six built-in motors that you can control individually via the mobile app (iOS, Android).
Alternatively, you can select pre-defined programs that make the motors vibrate in a particular pattern and frequency. Besides the pre-loaded programs, you can download new vibes, as MysteryVibe calls them, or create your own.
If you want to go all in on the fun, you could even have your partner change the vibration patterns for you.
With all six motors active, Crescendo lasts for two hours, but by using fewer motors, it can last even longer.
Unlike traditional vibrators, you don’t have to worry about running out of or replacing batteries in the most inconvenient times. That’s because MysteryVibe built a rechargeable battery into Crescendo. Best of all – you can wirelessly charge Crescendo by placing it on top of the provided charging disc. That’s incredible for a sex toy, considering that Apple just added support for wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
Best of all, you can charge Crescendo with any Qi-enabled charging pad. I tested that by placing the vibrator on the wireless charger on my wife’s nightstand, and it worked. How cool is that?
The premium silicone MysteryVibe used for Crescendo makes the vibrator fully waterproof, so you can easily wash and clean the device after each use, or take it into the bathtub or shower with you.
Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Technology?
There certainly is! I’m a firm believer that not every problem requires a technological solution. Technology is supposed to make our lives more convenient, but if you overdo it, it might have the opposite effect.
However, in the case of this smart vibrator, I believe that technology makes sense for the following reasons:
- Wireless charging is quicker and more convenient than replacing and recharging batteries.
- The built-in battery in Crescendo makes it completely waterproof, thus enabling additional use cases and making cleaning easier.
- The accompanying mobile app makes it easy to change, download and create vibration patterns to suit your taste and preferences. That way you don’t need to bother with multiple devices.
The minor disadvantage of all that technology is that you have to learn how to use it. In the case of Crescendo, that’s not incredibly difficult. But having to read the manual of your toy before using it will likely be a new experience for you as it was for me.
Plus, technology can break, and I don’t think there is an easy way to repair Crescendo if it does. The good news is, Crescendo comes with a 12 months warranty. How reliable the product is in the long-run remains to be seen.
Last but not least, you might have to update the firmware of your sex toy occasionally. I highly recommend doing that before you first use it. Imagine you (and your partner) are about to get naughty, and the MysteryVibe mobile app prompts you to update the firmware of the device before you can use it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Crescendo a G-Spot Vibrator?
You can certainly use Crescendo for G-spot stimulation or even for clitoral stimulation. This toy is so flexible, it can be anything you want it to be!
Can I Use This Toy As a Clitoral Vibrator?
Crescendo doesn’t have to be just a penis “replacement.” There is nothing wrong with using it for some clitoral fun!
Does This Toy Work With Water-Based Lubricant?
How Do I Clean Crescendo?
Rinsing it in warm soapy water is usually the best method of cleaning Crescendo.
How to Store Crescendo
After thoroughly cleaning Crescendo, I would put it back into its storage pouch so it doesn’t collect dust or lint.
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Your sexual activity and satisfaction, your mental health and fitness are all connected in more ways than we understand today. But there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that sex has a positive impact on your health and quality of life. In some cases, it may even reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
Unfortunately, sex and most topics associated with it, such as sex toys, are still taboo for many of us. As a result, we don’t talk about it.
I just learned about the potential relationship between sex and mental health or the risk of prostate cancer while researching this article. If it wasn’t for a dildo review, I might have never found out because we, as a society, don’t talk about it.
So I encourage you to break that pattern and to talk more openly about the very subject that makes the survival of the human race possible. I know, that’s a strong statement, but it’s true!
Lead The Way
MysteryVibe has made it their goal to use advanced technology, quality materials, and outstanding design to make sex and sex toys more approachable and mainstream compatible.
Our belief is that an enlightened and liberal society is a safer and happier one.
I completely agree with that statement, and that’s one of the reasons why I decided to write about the company and Crescendo, the world’s most advanced luxury vibrator that perfectly fits into our “Apple household.”
If you embrace technology, appreciate quality craftsmanship, and have sex, you should buy Crescendo.
And if you decide to buy* Crescendo, I dare you to be the first one to leave a comment on how you like it.