You don’t need to be embarrassed about using sex toys. Much like the topic of safe abortion, there is a certain, unwarranted stigma attached to sex toys. There is nothing wrong with enhancing your sexual pleasure.
In this article, we discuss must-know sex toy basics.
Are sex toys safe?
Sex toys are made from many different materials such as jelly, latex, PVC, rubber all the way to specialised glass and silicone. The type of material used is largely dictated by the price point.
Sex toys that are made from soft material such as jelly, latex, PVC and rubber are porous, meaning that they have tiny holes through which air or liquid can pass through. It’s very difficult to clean completely and bacteria can easily accumulate in the miniscule holes making it easier to contract an infection.
Another disadvantage is that the cheaper materials contain phthalates, which is a toxic agent that can cause birth defects, infertility, and cancer.
Rather, opt for body-safe sex toys – here are four basic criteria that you can use to determine whether a sex toy is safe for your body:
- Phthalate-free (Phthalate is a toxic substance added to plastic to increase flexibility, durability and longevity)
Keep sex toys clean!
In order to avoid medical issues such as bacterial infections, it’s essential that sex toys are cleaned after they’ve been used. The method of cleaning depends on the type of material.
Porous toys: An antibacterial soap is recommended. Wash the toy for 15 – 30 seconds with hot water and the soap and allow it to dry naturally.
Silicone toys: For toys that aren’t vibrators (or any others with electrical components) you can simply clean them by putting them in boiling water or even in the wash them in the dishwasher.
Where you can purchase safe sex toys
There are many online shops that specialise in selling sex toys. Also, many manufacturers sell directly from their site. If you would prefer to buy it from a physical store, ensure that you go to a trusted, reputable adult shop; you’ll find a wide variety of sex toys available.
How Marie Stopes can help you
It is possible for you to become pregnant if a sex toy that you’re sharing with your partner gets semen on it and is then inserted into your vagina. If you do become pregnant and are considering a safe abortion, please contact us.
Our Women’s Wellness service, offers two comprehensive health check-up options from which to choose. Your health and safety are our priority, always.
If you have any questions about sex toys, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 11 77 85 or you can book an appointment. We operate 17 centres across seven provinces. No topic is off limits.
Marie Stopes South Africa is the leader in sexual and reproductive health services in South Africa.