The sex toy industry is, unfortunately, highly unregulated. To think about it, it is quite disturbing that in a society where sex is ubiquitous, there is no certain protection and regulation when it comes to sex-related products. They are either too taboo to talk about, prohibited from operating, or simply running without any government control. Due to this reason, it is necessary that as consumers, we understand the kind of things that we expose ourselves to. The type of toys that we should opt for, falls into the category of body safe sex toys.
TOXIC MATERIALS / TOYS YOU SHOULD AVOID
The most well known toxic material that has become a public concern is phthalates. Phthalates are a type of ingredient that is used by cheap manufacturer to produce flexible plastic toys. This chemical could cause inability to have children, birth defects, ADHD, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer.
Cheap toys that contains phthalates are generally made of jelly, soft rubber, vinyl and PVC. Not only that these toys are toxic, a lot of them are porous. Porous toys often keeps bacteria, dirt and fungus. They could also cause more serious problems, such as: causing yeast infection and spreading Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
MATERIALS THAT “APPEAR” TO BE SAFE
Most ABS plastic, latex, metal, wood and glass sex toys are considered safe. However, there are some things that we need to take into consideration.
ABS plastic toy could contain some additives that could be dangerous for our body. Please double check and make sure that your toy doesn’t smell like cheap plastic to avoid this type of chemical. Cheap glass sex toys might also be dangerous due to its tendency to crack and chip, which might cause a cut in the anus, vagina or other body parts that come into contact with the toys.
In general, latex is safe unless you are allergic. Make sure you are not allergic when using a latex toy, or you could also opt for hypoallergenic toys.
Metal and wooden toys are safe only if they are made with smooth finish and coated with non-toxic coating. Without proper coating and smooth finishing, wooden toy might chip/ cause splinters. Regarding metal toys, opt for medical grade stainless steel/ surgical steel to avoid any infection due to allergy and corrosion.
100% BODY SAFE SEX TOYS
Body safe sex toys are hypoallergenic, phthalates-free, and non porous. The best body safe sex toys I’ve encountered are made of medical grade silicone. These toys emulate the smoothness of the skin minus the toxicity of jelly and rubber toys. You also need to make sure that the lube that complements your silicone sex toys are water based.
When purchasing any sex toys, make sure that the toys are produced by reputable companies. Purchasing sex toys from a legit platform/ stores/ website is necessary to avoid any fake/ replica products. DO NOT share toys with anyone, regardless of what anyone says. If really necessary, you could also put condom over a toy that has been used by someone else. Last but not least, never double dip a toy that has been placed in your anus to any other part of the body without washing it properly with soap and water.