Really want to improve women’s health? Pitch in to this crowd-funded vibrator

Two entrepreneurs are doing their part to achieve equality between the sexes – at least in the bedroom. They are combining crowdfunding and 3D printing to launch a new sex toy: a hands-free vibrator. According to the Center for Sexual Health, women orgasm only 64% of the time during vaginal sex, even though men think […]

Two entrepreneurs are doing their part to achieve equality between the sexes – at least in the bedroom. They are combining crowdfunding and 3D printing to launch a new sex toy: a hands-free vibrator. According to the Center for Sexual Health, women orgasm only 64% of the time during vaginal sex, even though men think it’s more like 85% of the time.

Alexandra Fine and Janet Lieberman believe the cause of this orgasm problem is plain and simple – the clitoris is being neglected. Eva is the marquee product of their planned sex-toy company Dame Products. Eva’s flexible wings keep the vibrator in place by tucking under a woman’s labia majora (check out the amazing illustrations on the Indiegogo page). The women are currently raising money for the product on Indiegogo, and it’s getting a big response. The project launched nine days ago with a goal of just $50,000, and they’ve hit $205,817 as of today. 

The video explains how the team has used 3D printers to make multiple prototypes quickly, as well as the challenge of making a device flexible enough to fit different sized bodies. The two people behind Dame Products are the perfect combination for a sexual health startup: a 3D printing expert and a sex educator. Lieberman was the lead engineer for MakerBot’s Replicator Mini Compact Desktop 3D Printer, which won five Best-In-Show Awards from different publications at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. She has a a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and was one of the first ten employees at the crowdsourcing consumer product development company Quirky.

Fine graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology concentrating in sex therapy. She has worked to promote sexual health at multiple non-profits, chaired her undergraduate college’s Sex Week, and taught sexual education programs.

The Eva is a hands-free, strap-free vibrator. 70% of women need clitoral stimulation to climax during sex, and the Dame team says that the Eva fills the “pleasure gap” in the vibrator market. Besides helping achieve equality between the sexes, this device could provide other health benefits for women.  Sexually active people have stronger immune systems, better bladder control, lowered blood pressure, less risk of heart attack, better sleep, less stress, and it definitely counts as exercise.

Here’s one of Eva’s incentives listed on their site, beyond just helping out your fellow woman:

Delivery for the product is expected in February 2015 – just in time for Valentine’s Day.