Are Sex Toys Safe for Your Health?

The new Womanizer 2GO is our newest addition to our line of safe and non-toxic sex toys. But that got us thinking, exactly makes a toy safe or unsafe? Is there an easy way to tell what to avoid or what to look for when you’re shopping around?

Adult toys are one of those things people underestimate when it comes to safety. Many assume that as long as the toy itself is safe – no electrocution or parts falling off – then it’s good. However, the materials play a huge part in your overall safety. After all, there are a vast array of materials that have been linked to causing serious disease, such as cancer. The craziest thing? Lorax of Sex, an online sex educator states, “Chemicals illegal in pet toys and playthings for children are permitted in items designed for internal use.” So, there’s no better time than right now to learn about dangerous and non-toxic sex toys; just because it’s on the market doesn’t mean it’s safe to use.

Are various sex toys safe to use?

Two popular ingredients to avoid:

While there are many dangerous ingredients found across a wide range of products, some are less common than others. So, we’ve narrowed it down to the two most commonly used toxins that you should definitely avoid.

Jelly adult toys have dangerous phthalates

It isn’t uncommon for dildos, vibrators, and even some lubricants to be made with jelly-like materials. However, these often contain phthalates that pose serious risks to your health. When your body absorbs this toxic ingredient, it can cause symptoms such as cramps, nausea, and headaches – and that’s best-case scenario.

Phthalates have been linked to disrupting the body’s hormones, causing an increased risk of breast cancer, reduced sperm count, diabetes, obesity, allergies, asthma, pregnancy problems, and much more.

So, if your adult toys have that “new car smell,” it could be more dangerous than pleasurable. The key is to make sure any jelly-like products you purchase are high quality to decrease the potential risks.

Parabens are popular ingredients that can be quite dangerous

Parabens are popular in today’s modern world, and for all the wrong reasons. You’ve likely seen several articles regarding this toxic ingredient, and just as many products, from shampoos to household cleaners, makeup, lotions, and sex toys claiming to be paraben-free. That’s because parabens aren’t good for you.

This ingredient can increase allergic reactions for people who have dermatitis, rosacea, and other skin conditions. It can also trigger the development of skin cancer – and it doesn’t end there.

This toxic ingredient have been linked to disrupting the estrogen in women, causing an increased risk of developing breast tumors. It has also been linked to causing problems with fetal development in women who are pregnant.

As for men, using adult toys that include parabens can cause a decrease in sperm cell count. And it doesn’t end there.

Fortunately, there are many non-toxic alternatives that have absolutely no parabens.

Safe sex toy alternatives

In order to ensure a safe sexual experience, it’s important to opt for chemical-free alternatives. Fortunately, they aren’t as hard to find today as they once were a couple of years ago, and many lubricants, cleaners, and sex toys are free of parabens and phthalates.

However, there are many other chemicals that can be found in adult toys.
As a rule of thumb, the safest sex toys are made of silicone, hard plastic, glass, metal, and stone. But like most things in life, not all are created equally and you do want to ensure sex toys made of these “safe” ingredients are made with quality to ensure a safe and sexy experience.

Chantal McCulligh

Chantal McCulligh

Chantal is the kind of girl who does it all. She’s a freelance writer, marketer, social media manager, and mental health advocate, with a burning desire to share her love, life, experience, and knowledge with the world. With her words, she hopes to inspire everyone to achieve their dreams and overcome their struggles – even in between the sheets.
Chantal McCulligh