Do You Have Body Safe Sex Toys?

Will you use a shampoo or a cream with paraben? Do you still use diet products containing aspartame since we discovered it could cause cancer? Did you started using headphones when rumours saying spending long time in calls might have side effects?

I bet you probably check labels or use organic cosmetics, you quit with diet products and moved to ones containing stevia and you are using headphones pretty much all time.

Why when it comes to sex toys this is different?

There are probably two reasons:

  1. you never thought there could be toxic vibrators out there
  2. nobody ever raised the question about toxic material in sex toys.

Unfortunately it all goes back to the fact that talking abut sex and almost everything sex related is still taboo. But toxic materials are still used in sex toys production, especially for low-medium range of products and customers don’t know how and why they can be dangerous.

It’s a fact that sex toys market is yet not recognised by official bodies as the fast-growing and multi million market as it is (valued at 40billion$ by 2020), therefore they have never regulated or imposed certain standards to producers.

This doesn’t have to scare you as, even though there are not imposed regulations, many well established brands (like Lelo, JimmyJane, JeJoue, Crave just to mention some) as well as new-born start ups (MysteryVibe, Dame, MissOnTheGo) do care about safety and health and they create only products which are totally body-safe.

So what body-safe means? Which are the toxic materials we should stay way from?

There are 2 key elements to establish how safe a sex toy is: porosity and material.

The first one relates to how absorbent the material is; the more porous it is, the less safe the toy is. Why? Vibrators get frequently in contact with body fluids and if the material do absorb the liquids, it becomes very difficult to properly clean them. Hygiene is very important to avoid getting STIs or any kind of infection from sex toys.

The following image shows you the level of porosity of the most common materials vibrators are made of.

porositySpeaking about materials, PVC is one of the most common plastic used in toys production; naturally it is not flexible neither has a soft touch so it is treated with phthalates to give the toy a proper shape and flexibility. Recent scientific studies on Phthalates revealed that they mess up with our hormones, especially oestrogen, and can cause cancer. Today PVC is mostly used in cheap vibrators but it is always good practice to screen all the materials before buying any toy.

Why the possibility of side effect is higher with sex toys? We use them in areas characterised by quite absorbent tissues (the vaginal canal or the anus) so if they get in touch for a long time with a toxic substance, our body is likely to absorb that substance quicker other body’s areas.

This is also the reason for Pureeros to select very carefully the products and brand available on our platform; not only for toys but also for lubricants. They are water-based or organic for the same reason. We care about safety and health so we provide only body-safe products.

Phthalates are not the only thing to care about; a recent study in US, which started after several bed reviews and the claim of rush and itches on sex toys blogs, revealed also high presence of chlorine in some toys. If you experience any of those symptoms stop using the toy, go see a GP and claim this to the manufacturer.

Next time you buy a sex toy please think about your health and not only pleasure.

It’s way better to have safe sex!!

Have a look at materials; ask the producer or the platform or boutique what is inside the toy, what it is made of. There are no obligations to claim full list of components, but responsible brands do claim it anyway in the instruction manual.

Going back to the questions I made at the beginning of the article, MysteryVibe CPO recently noticed that when Apple or FitBit had to face the same issue few years ago (band causing skin irritation due to silicone) the fact got a huge media coverage. Results? Everybody was aware of silicon components, learnt something new and good for their health, but also regulations were applied.

If you are thinking about figures: there are as much Apple Watches in the entire world as there are sex toys in the UK ONLY! (FYI approximately 3millions)

It’s not a relevant matter for few people though, but it seems we are still not mainstream. So please, spread the word within the wonderful community of sex toys enthusiasts!

Going to check you vibrator?

Look at materials and see if any of the above is mentioned. If it’s body-safe silicone or medical grade silicone (which is grade V and VI), it’s safe. If you are using dildos made of wood, glass, stainless metal or stone, they are non-porous materials and usually there is no need of chemicals to shape them.

Love yourself, buy it body-safe.

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BY VIRGINIASOFIA CERRONE
DIRECTOR