I remember purchasing my very first sex toy. I was a typical first time buyer. I was considering the different sizes and vibration speeds, as well as how each toy would feel.I was looking at all the different colours and forms and imagined how they could be used in different ways. I didn’t want to waste my money on a product that didn’t work for me, so I looked for something low-cost.
I didn’t think about the material the toy was made of at all. I don’t think I’m the only one.
I notice a lot of queries from first-time customers.Those concerns about the safety of materials used in toys are uncommon.
As a buyer, you immediately assume (especially when dealing with major, well-known corporations) that the things you’re buying are fully safe and have been thoroughly vetted to guarantee they represent the least amount of risk to you, the client.
I’ve discovered over the last year that this isn’t always the case. The term “phthalate” kept coming up in conversation, and my curiosity got the best of me. I decided to investigate further. What I discovered astounded me much. Have you seen these images?
These are my sex toys made of jelly. For the past 4/6 weeks, I’ve been keeping them in a cardboard box beneath my bed in the spirit of science and to demonstrate why I’ll never use a jelly toy again.
So what are phthalates?
Phthalates are a type of chemical. They’re more often known as plasticizers, and they’re used to soften hard, brittle polymers and rubber. This is what gives jelly toys their squidgy, soft texture. The issue is that phthalates do not adhere to the material they are combined with, thus they leach out of the product over time.
When you buy a jelly toy and take it out of the package, the overwhelming stench is the first thing that makes your eyes roll into the back of your head. This is known as ‘off gassing,’ and it is caused by phthalates and other harmful chemicals leeching off the toy while it is in its packaging. Have your jelly toys ever seemed to sweat or leave an oily, moist film on the surface?
These are chemicals that have leeched out of the toy. You could have even noticed that your toys have fused together (much like mine have in the photos) and wondered why. Because the toys are in close proximity, chemicals have leaked to the surface, reacted with the other toy, and begun to melt or bond the two toys together.
Isn’t it sexy?
Are phthalates dangerous?
These compounds are not only unpleasant to smell, but they may also be harmful to your health. Phthalates have been found in animal tests to cause cancer, birth abnormalities, and affect sperm production.
There has clearly been enough data regarding the dangers of phthalate use that these chemicals have been banned from use in children’s toys in several parts of the world. Why? Because youngsters put toys in their mouths, researchers have discovered possible linkages to respiratory disease and asthma.
I’ve read accounts of folks who have experienced burning, swelling, and discomfort after using jelly sex toys. I was one of those people who didn’t connect the dots until I completed my research.
Because jelly toys are porous, they not only leech chemicals, but they also soak up chemicals, bacteria, and viruses that could infect you with a variety of diseases. It is impossible to sanitise them fully. All you can do to protect yourself from the risks is to always use a condom every time and to not share your toys with your partners.
Why are phthalates used in sex toys if they are potentially dangerous:
There are several causes for this. For starters, there haven’t been enough human studies, and it’s difficult to persuade decision-makers to act without this proof. Second, unlike the children’s toy market, the sex toy industry is not regulated.
Manufacturers are not required to disclose the materials used in the creation of their toys, and they can even stretch the truth or plain lie without risking legal action. Toys containing as low as 10% silicone can be labelled as silicone products.
What makes up the remaining 90%? To make matters worse, several manufacturers have trademarked their materials’ names.
This doesn’t tell you anything, and figuring out exactly what it’s constructed of is a pain.
I, for one, refuse to play with toys that contain hazardous chemicals, and I am not alone. I’m no expert, but I believe there isn’t enough being done to research and eliminate hazardous substances from our sex toys. I’d rather spend a little more and get a good product from a reputed company.
Pure silicone, glass, and metal are examples of such materials.There are a growing number of trustworthy producers who clearly label their items, stating whether or not their toy is phthalate-free, non-porous, and safe for children. Before making a purchase, the greatest way to get information is to read reviews and conduct some research.
If your sex toy, like mine, can sit in a drawer or a box and melt. Are you sure you want to put that in your body?