Why you should care what your sex toys are made of
Not all sex toys are created equal. You might know that already, but did you know that not all sex toys are body-safe?
The sex toy industry is unregulated, which allows there to be products on shelves that consist of unsafe materials—the cheaper the toy, usually the worse it is for your body.
What are phthalates and why should you avoid them in the bedroom?
Phthalates are chemicals used to soften and increase flexibility in sex toys. Studies have shown that being exposed to phthalates causes a risk of birth defects, infertility, and cancer. Jelly, latex, PVC, and rubber toys are softened with these chemicals which can also cause burning, itching, rashes, and tissue damage.
Why you should avoid porous materials.
Porous materials like jelly and rubber are difficult to clean because they soak up bodily fluids, which makes it much easier to contract bacterial infections and STIs. These toys are easy to identify; if it's at all translucent and not made out of glass, it's jelly.
What are Body-Safe Materials?
They should be nonporous, hypoallergenic, waterproof, flexible, durable, and, most importantly, latex and phthalate-free. Silicone, metal, and glass are the most hygienic and of the highest quality, but hard plastic is also nonporous and usually cheaper, but not flexible or durable.