Please. This is for your own good...
Feeling sexually adventurous sometimes leads people to get creative regarding which diy sex toys they can find around the house to stimulate themselves.
Certainly, sexual creativity and exploration can be a good thing, but there are some household items you definitely want to avoid when it comes time to putting them in your body.
Here are 4 specific types of items that could be harmful — and even toxic — for your body:
1. Fruits and veggies.
I’m sure you've heard jokes about women buying large cucumbers to use as a "natural" dildo.
Here's the problem with inserting fruits and vegetables in your body — they often have pesticides on them (even organic produce) and because the mucus membranes of the vagina and rectum allow for direct absorption of toxins into the blood stream before such substances can be filtered by the liver and kidneys, it's not a safe idea to insert these into your body. Pesticides can also cause allergic reactions in some people, and people who have allergies to ragweed should avoid fruits and veggies such as cucumbers, melons, bananas, and a few others.
If you are thinking of using a sausage or hot dog there are additional concerns — such as bacteria, nitrates, nitrates, and other preservatives — that can cause health issues.
Furthermore, fruits and vegetables with pointy ends such as those on unpeeled bananas and carrots can puncture holes and tear into your sensitive tissue, potentially causing serious damage requiring a trip to the emergency room.
2. Foods or products with harmful bacteria and sugar.
Anyone who's had a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) will tell you it can be rather painful. And given the fact that they can easily spread and develop into a serious infection of the kidneys, it is always a good idea to avoid allowing anything that could contain bacteria coming into contact with your urethra (where urine comes out).
You should also avoid using sugar around the vulva and vaginal opening, as things containing sugar — such as candy and popsicles — can lead to a nasty yeast infection.
3. Phallic-shaped household items.
The handle end of a hairbrush or screwdriver may seem like a quick and easy dildo replacement, but you have to remember these products are made with materials and toxins that may not be suitable for contact with the mucous membranes in your vagina or anus. Even the lacquer on a wooden hair brush handle may be toxic when used internally as could that plastic screwdriver handle.
You can also get splinters and cuts from materials that are not intended for such use!
Not to mention that if the phallus-shaped product you're considering using does not have a flared end, it could end up creating a situation in which you can't retrieve it and end up having an embarrassing discussion with the emergency room doctor (sensing a theme, yet...?)
4. Non-waterproof electrical items.
If you like the fact that something electrical vibrates and want to use it sexually, keep in mind that your sexual fluids or lubricant may get into the device and cause an electrical shock that could be deadly. So make sure that whatever you are using is waterproof and/or water-resistant.
In other words, friends, sex toys are worth spending a little dough on.
Sexual products are designed with the shape and function meant to correctly — and safely — stimulate your most sensitive sexual spots. They are made with special precautions in mind, such as flared bases for anal toys in order to prevent them from slipping and becoming irretrievable.
Professionally made toys also have smoothed edges to prevent pointy ends from puncturing you or harsh seams from causing painful cuts.
Of course, it's important to keep in mind that some sex toys are safer than others. Some are made with materials containing a toxin known as phthalates which the CDC reports "have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals." Make sure any sex toys you purchase are phthalate free and made out of easy-to-clean, nonporous materials that won’t easily harbor bacteria (such a medical grade silicone).
If you have concerns about the safety of the material of a sex toy you currently own you can always put a condom on it to ensure that you are not being exposed to toxic materials.
Some lubricants can break down rubber toys and silicone lubricants can degrade silicone toys, so be sure to check for lube-to-toy compatibility as well.
Remember: Your genital and anal tissues are delicate!
Keep in mind that your genitals and anal tissue are delicate parts of your body and can be damaged quite easily. You want to ensure that what you are using for sexual stimulation is not going to rub you raw, pinch you, slice you, puncture you and certainly avoid things that might cause serious, even life-threatening, consequences such as electrical shock or toxic poisoning.
This may all seem like common sense, but there have been people that have used cement mixer wands as a vibrating dildo and ended up shattering their pelvic bones so sometimes articles like this one are necessary to help keep people safe from their own sense of adventure.
For more information on non-toxic sex toys visit Holistic Wisdom, where author Lisa S. Lawless. Ph.D. provides many helpful articles on sexual health and wellness education, resources as well as products.