3 More Ways To Play Safe With Sex Toys


3 More Ways To Play Safe With Sex Toys
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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

This article was originally published at Eros Coaching. Reprinted with permission.
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Dr. Martha Tara Lee

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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.

Check out her first book Love, Sex and Everything In-Between! Join the Eros Coaching Facebook fan page for daily updates on the most happening news on sex and sexuality around the world, and more here! For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com.

Location: Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Credentials: MA, Other
Specialties: Empowering Women, Sexuality
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