Sex Toy Safety: Fuck Yourself The Healthy Way

Are jelly toys safe? What are the concerns ~ and how can you best protect yourself?

What is a “jelly”, “gel rubber”, or Cyberskin toy made of?

These adult toys or sexual aids are made with a soft plastic, porous material that is composed of different ingredients including latex and phthalates. Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used as plastic softeners or solvents, and they can be found many places in our daily environments. However, questions have been raised the safety of pthalates. Studies have been done which expose a pthalates health risk ~ including the banning of the use of this material in the making of children’s teething rings and pacifiers and the EPA designating phthalates as “possible human carcinogens”, with the toxins linked to neurological and reproductive issues.

Since no research has been done on sex toys containing phthalates, we do not have proof of any long or short-term effects (primarily because here in the USA, there are currently no safety regulations in the sex toy industry; this is why sex toys are often labeled “sold as a novelty only”) But let’s face facts: If phthalates are dangerous for babies to insert into their mouths, likely toys with phthalates can have similar health risks to our soft tissues, be the toy used orally, vaginally, or anally.

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Healthy “Green” Adult Toys

This is why sex kittens and Sex-Kitten.Net encourage the use of high-grade, non-porous, and phthalate-free sex toys ~ especially when these toys are to be inserted.

These safe pleasure toy options (often called “eco-friendly”, “eco-sensual”, or “green” sex toys) include silicone, acrylic, glass, stainless steel, aluminum, wooden, or hard plastic vibes dildos, and anal plugs.

Many of these toys can also be easily cleaned and disinfected, therefore making them more hygienic all the way around.

How can you tell if your vibrator, dildo, or other sex toy contains phthalates?

1) Read the packaging. Items which are listed as being made of or containing PVC, vinyl, and jelly rubber usually contain phthalates. However, because a sex toy needs only to contain 10% of a material to be called that material ~ and no regulatory agency is fact-checking any of the safety claims made on sex toy packages, any “phthalate-free” claims on the package aren’t necessarily true. So, you’ll need to investigate the product itself.

2) Open the package and evaluate the product itself. If the item is not made with medical grade silicone and is super “bendy” and/or “squishy, be suspicious… If the toy feels sticky from “weeping” oils, or if you see sweat-like beads of oily discharge on the surface of the toy, this is likely caused by the chemical degradation of the phthalate-based toy material. (This degradation and disintegration will occur naturally over time as a toy sits on a store shelf ~ and while in your bedroom drawer, whether it is in use or not. Ick!) If the toy has a strong, unpleasant, chemical or “new car” smell, it likely contains phthalates.

If you have a favorite jelly rubber toy, or have taken a fancy to buying one, how can you protect yourself?

We strongly recommend using a condom over any toy containing phthalates. Every time. As with a partner, a condom creates a barrier between you and the potential health problem. Condom use with jelly toys is also recommended for another reason: basic hygiene. Since jelly and similar rubber toys are porous, they cannot be disinfected ~ even cleaning them does not remove risk. Therefore, a condom is always recommended with jelly toy use.

When sharing toys with other people, always use a fresh condom per person. It may slow down your play, but putting safety first ensures there is a next time to play!

Our Top Five Picks For Phthalate-Free Vibrations:

* G-Vibes by Fun Toys (review here) are free of phthalates and offer multiple uses.

* The We-Vibe line is phthalate-free and the We-Vibe 3 is even manufactured in a totally carbon neutral way. Bonus: It is small enough to keep in your handbag, and discrete enough in shape not to fluster even the most modest of persons during an airport screening.

* The classic and powerful Hitachi Magic Wand (The Choice for forced orgasm play) is an external rather than internal vibrator is phthalate-free. Should you opt for the G-spot attachement, it is also free from phthlates.

* The infamous silicone Jack Rabbit vibes are safe innie-and-outtie fun.

* The Solar Bullet Vibrators, which also does it’s part to save the Earth using solar power.

(Don’t let the prices put you off. Not only can’t you place a price on health, but you’ll honestly be saving money with quality products because they are well made, last, and do not fall apart and even disintegrate like the cheap products do. That means you won’t have to buy replacements so often, pay for condoms for protection from the toys, or have those doctor bills. Invest in yourself and your personal pleasure, because you’re worth it.)

See also: Safer Sex with Toys: Gettin’ Jiggy with Jelly and Have You Ever Used A Vibrator So Long That Even After You Stopped It Still Tingled?

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