Clinical Sexologist share what materials is safe when it comes to sex toys.
In a previous article, I highlighted four things to note when it comes to using silicon sex toys. Besides silicon sex toys, you may want to consider:
- Glass toys. Glass toys are typically made of tempered, shatter-proof medical grade glass which is a non-toxic and these toys are phthalate free, hypoallergenic, non-porous, and can be chilled or heated without damaging the integrity of the glass. So you could put it in your fridge, you could put it in your microwave oven and it would still be okay.
- Other materials that you can consider using is sustainably harvested wood, ceramic, or stainless steel. These materials are very durable and so it’s less likely to end up in the landfill. So when choosing a wooden toy, you want to be mindful that you choose a product that is treated with body-safe and hypoallergenic sealant.
- When it comes to energy of your toys, look for toys that are rechargeable. Choose a vibrator that plugs in since it doesn’t require using disposable batteries which results in less waste or battery in the trash. Recyclable toys are typically higher quality too and they can last for longer years. You also may want to look out for solar powered sex toys.
A Note of Warning:
Say no to jelly and other soft rubber toys that contain high concentration of phthalates which are petroleum-derived plastic and there are PVC softeners.
Phthalates are highly volatile and easily released into the air and groundwater, and easily absorbed into our body through our skin and mucous membranes in our vagina. We know for certain is that phthalates in children’s toys is restricted and banned in the EU, United States, Canada and Australia.
Phthalates have been linked to cancer. It has this new house smell. So if it feels slimy, wet, oily, or greasy and/or smells like chemicals, then it usually contains toxic materials like phthalates and it should be avoided. Other than that, shopping at reputable sex shops and asking the staff for help to find a quality toy is usually a good idea. The most absorptive area of your bodies are not where you want to place things that release dangerous chemicals into your system. Some manufacturers add a fragrance to mask the smell of phthalate off gassing which may cause irritation and allergic reactions.
Furthermore, jelly and soft rubber toys are extremely porous and easily harbor bacteria and cause infection if not cleaned properly. It’s very difficult to clean them properly if they can’t be boiled.
What You Can Do:
- Save up and buy products that are worth your money. If these safer products are constantly being sold and there is a demand then retailers will take note and stock these products rather than those which are of lower grade and pose potentially harmful to the body.
- Support what you believe in. By helping to keep these companies, the manufacturers and the retailers in business and this is something that people are often overlooked just by looking at the price point, just by looking at how much money the toy is versus looking at the kind of research and the material that went into the making of the sex toy.
- These are some manufacturers who design sex toys with our health and our pleasure in mind: Tantus, Jimmy Jane, Lelo, Fun Factory, We-Vibe, Crystal Delights which is glass, Vixen Creations, NjoyHappy Valley, Down Under, Nobel Essence and Penetralia which is wood.
My Eco Sex campaign's message is about sustainable living by going green between the sheets and outside of the bedroom. The month brings attention to our relationship with our bodies. Besides addressing what you can do to feel good about yourself, it also highlights positive self-care habits, and includes being savvy about the purchase of personal care items including sex toys and lubricants. Subscribe to my Eco Sex campaign here. Follow my Eco Sex Facebook page here!
Dr Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching in Singapore. She is a certified sexuality educator with AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), as well as certified sexologist with ACS (American College of Sexologists). She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality as well as certificates in practical counselling, life coaching and sex therapy. She is available to provide sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conduct sexual education workshops and speak at public events in Asia and beyond. For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com.
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This article was originally published at Eros Coaching. Reprinted with permission from the author.