The outstanding progress has been made in reducing the upper bounds on EDM of several particles. Even if significant challenges must be overcome to further improve these limits, it is still one of the best chances to detect new type of interactions beyond the standard model. Analyzing several examples, we highlight a common thread that is visible in different set-ups used for the EDM detection. The electric dipole moment is one of the clear consequences of CP- or T-violating interactions, however it is not the only one. These symmetry-violating interactions enable extra phenomena that unavoidably accompany the EDM-induced spin precession, and they must be taken into account in planning and executing sensitive experiments. After reviewing three typical cases, we suggest conditions for improving the sensitivity of detecting the intrinsic EDM.