It’s hard to tell when this happened, but at some point, the sex toy market became a bit overwhelming. Walk into any adult shop and you’re met with a colorful array of gizmos and gadgets with different shapes, sizes and purposes. Seriously, there’s something for everyone—a Google search for the weirdest sex toys reveals a rubber ducky bathtub massager, a black Eiffel tower dildo, and a “crystal ball anal training kit.” In other words, if you can imagine the pleasure accessory—it probably exists.
But until now, you’d still be hard-pressed to find an ejaculating sex toy made for LGBT couples to help them conceive. Truthfully, if you wanted to start a family at home, your only options before were—well—a turkey baster or a needleless syringe.
That realization is what spurred Boston-area entrepreneur, Stephanie Berman, formerly of Sepal Reproductive Devices, to invent The Semenette: A unique 6.25-inch dildo with an inner tubing and pump system that allows partners to mimic traditional intercourse and ejaculation.
And if you’re wondering whether it’s effective, Berman and her wife say they were able to successfully conceive of their daughter using The Semenette.
On Thursday, Berman launched an Indiegogo for the product, which is hypoallergenic, Phthalate-free and made in the U.S. from 100 percent medical grade silicone. There’s 39 days left in the campaign, and the goal is to raise $50,000.
Pledge $110 and you’ll get original Semenette in vanilla, chocolate or cinnamon (note, vanilla-haters: there’s a limited supply of cinnamon and chocolate). Or, for $130 you can snag one in one of the new colors, which will decided by popular demand. While $35,000 of the money raised from this campaign will go directly to manufacturing costs of The Semenette V2, the other $15,000 of the money raised will go to new packaging. And any funds banked over the goal will go towards the team attending local trade shows and events all around the country.
And FYI: just about any liquid can be used in The Semenette—the creator encourages you to get creative—but obviously, be smart about what’s safe for internal use.