Dildos may come in many shapes and sizes, but how many dildos are out there that squirt?

There are apparently a few, according to inventor and business owner Stephanie Berman. However, Berman's take on this class of dildo, The Semenette, stands above the rest as a squriting dildo invented with the intention of helping couples conceive. 

Made with medical grade silicone and a disposable tube that funnels through the length of the toy, The Semenette, is unique in that it's novelty isn't so much in it's abilty to shoot liquids, but to act as tool for conception. 

Most importantly however, The Semenette helps couples have a more private, and romantic experience when trying to conceive a child at home. 

Berman recently spoke with Metro on the phone to tell us all about The Sementte, who it's for (everyone, really), and why they want it (for babies and fun, really).

Talk about the technology behind the Sementte. 

Stephanie Berman, creator of The Semenette 

Stephanie Berman, creator of The Semenette 

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In terms of the technology, I didn't reinvent the wheel! 
 
With my technology that I have created it is unique in the sense that the ability for this particular sex toy to have this type of technology where theres medical grade silicone, and there's tubing that threads through that with ease (and is removable and replaceable). That's the unique feature, you never have to reuse any of the components that would come into contact with the liquid you are using.
 
Other squirting dildos that are on the market are much more novelty, and typically modeled after a porn star's genitalia. Or, they're not made with really high quality body safe materials. When you take those things into consideration it definitely separates me from any others that are on the market.
 
Would you say you use this more as a tool than a toy?
 
The idea behind the toy, when I started this, was to get the function we were looking for and at the same time allowing for a much more intimate, romantic, pleasurable and fun experience. There is some scientific data that says if a woman does have an orgasm while she's trying to conceive, here chances of getting pregnant do increase. My wife and I used it to inseminate and we found out that my wife got pregnant on our second try using the toy. 
 
Who is this toy for?
 
Once I brought this to market you would be amazed at how many people are looking for a squirting dildo beyond same sex couples looking to use this to conceive. 
 
There are so many different communities that have come forward: the transgender community, men with erectile dysfunction or disabilities, and serodiscordant couples (which means one or both partners are HIV positive). 
 
What I didn't realize is that there's a whole other pleasure aspect and draw to the toy. I was taking with someone, and I believe they told me that term, either "squirting dildo" or "ejaculating dildo" is one of the most highly searched terms on Google in regards to sex toys. I never imagined that there would be such a draw to a toy like this! 

Do people really use turkey basters to conceive?
 
Yes. People literally take turkey basters out of their kitchen and will use those to inseminate. Some women do actually have success with that. The issue with that is that a turkey baster is obviously not very sexy. There's nothing intimate or romantic using that trying to conceive. After using the needles and the turkey basters, we quickly realized how horrible that was and we both agreed that there had to be something better. 
 
Owning my own business and being embedded in the women's reproductive health industry, I figured that there was something I could do to solve this. It's not rocket science! If you can use a Turkey baster, how do you mimic that technology and turn it into something that is more intimate and sexy.
 
What are the success rates when using a turkey baster?
 
The data that's out there right now the success rates are anywhere from five to twenty-five percent. It's a pretty slim range.  
 
What are the success rates of the Sementte?
 
It's really hard for me to give an exact percentage only because when you're doing this it's a private and intimate experience and you don't necessarily want to share that story with the world. I do have probably anywhere from 15 to 20 success stories of couples that have used this to conceive and have successfully done do. Considering that number based on how long I've been doing this and based off the number of people that have told me, I'm happy with that number. 
 
Does this open a door for single women?
 
Absolutely. There are single who have focused on their career, or they just choose to not have a partner, this would be the ideal option for them. 
 
How do you obtain the sperm?
 
We don't offer sperm with the toy. I always refer customers to spermbanks where you can get frozen sperm, or you can use a known donor. 
 
My wide and I used a known donor. He was a friend of ours and was willing to be our donor. It's kind of a personal preference. There are a lot of things to consider going either route.
 
Does the toy come in one size only?
 
Right now it comes in one size and three different colors. We are currently working on expanding the line. 
 
Has there been any criticism?
 
[Some members] of the lesbian community have been raising some discussion that toy is phallic looking. They wonder why, me being a lesbian, I would create something that looks like a realistic penis.
 
What do you say to those critics?
 
It's different stroke for different folks. It's hard to please everyone. I did a lot of product research, being a lesbian women I leaned heavily on my personal network, and I did a lot of surveys and to be honest I got a lot of feedback that the lesbian community didn't mind the realistic look and color. 
 
We're gonna do everything we can to try and evolve the product and meet people's wants and needs. It's going to be hard to please everyone on the first try.