Kegels Are Out, SKEA Is In: Meet The First Video Games For The Vagina

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The fun way to exercise your pelvic floor. Photo courtesy of Huffington Post screenshot

No matter how hard we try, there are some things us women experience we can't ever make men understand. Take pelvic floor-related diseases, for example. By the time women reach age 55, about half will suffer from some kind of pelvic floor condition. But rather than simply brush off the condition as yet another “woman problem,” one man decided to help. The result? SKEA, the world’s first video game for the vagina.

The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles that hold the organs in the lower abdomen in place. It is involved with functions related to urinating, defecating, and sex. Childbirth, injury, or simply aging can cause these muscles to become weak, and this in turn causes a number of issues. The most common issue caused by pelvic floor conditions is trouble controlling urination, which results in urinary leakage or an overactive bladder. For those who experience these problems, the quality of life can be seriously compromised.

Kegel exercises help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, but physicist Tom Chen has decided to take these exercises one step further by making them not only healthy but also fun. His invention is the SKEA, which stands for “Smart Kegel Exercise Aid.” The first SKEA vaginal video game is Alice In Continent. Women insert the controller into their vaginas, similar to a tampon, and control the avatar on their smartphone by squeezing.

If you’re slightly intrigued by the concept, you’re not alone. Chen has been able to surpass his original Kickstarter goal of 38,000 by $14,000. According to The Huffington Post, if all goes according to plan, the first shipment of SKEA will be shipped out by the end of January 2015.

You don’t have to experience troubles with urination to benefit from Kegels. According to Cosmopolitan, Kegal “absolutely” enhance a woman’s sex life. Cosmo reports that, while Kegels can’t help to “tighten” your vagina, they do tone and strengthen its muscles, which may lead to a boost in arousal and subsequently a more intense orgasm.

Chen has monopolized on this sexual capacity for the device by creating a version of the Kegel which rewards women for successful moves in Alice In Continent, by sending increased pulsations to her most sensitive areas.

So far, users report enjoying their vaginal play device, with Wired.co.uk reporting that one tester described Alice in Continent to be "like playing Temple Run with Fitbit. Just that I don't use fingers but use my pelvic muscles!"

 
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