We all know how much fun sex toys can be and add spice to your sex life, but always remember that safety comes first. Ensuring that you are using sex toys that are free from phthalates is vital during selection. Not all toys are equal and some of the materials used to construct them are not necessarily safe to put inside your body.

What are Phthalates?

Phthalates (“tha-lates”) are chemical plasticisers that are added to plastics to increase their flexibility, durability and longevity. Research has found that phthalate exposure has been linked to a number of health risks such as neurological and reproductive health concerns. The USA has declared that phthalates are possible human carcinogens, meaning that they may be involved in causing cancer. For these reasons, it is important to make sure your sex toys are safe for use.

Due to the fact that there is controversy around the recent discoveries regarding phthalates, toys that state on the packaging that they are “Phthalate Free” may make false claims.  Sex toys are not currently regulated and so often the manufacturing process is not controlled. Many toys are produced in countries where there is even less regulation regarding dangerous substances, so making sure that your are using a chemical free and safe toy is vital.

There are a few ways in which you can ensure that your toys are phthalate free and safe for internal use. Toys containing PVC, rubber or jelly likely contain phlalates, so make sure you read the packaging carefully. If the toy easily bends or is soft or smells strongly of rubber or chemicals it may be best to avoid it.

Protect your Private Parts

Choosing safe sex toys is easy. Ensuring that you buy toys that are of high quality and from trusted manufacturers is the best route. While you may be paying more for the toy, there is no price on physical safety. Added to this, better quality toys will last much longer which justifies the cost. The ingredient contained in high quality toys is often medical grade silicone, so make sure the toys you use are made from this.

You can make your toys last even longer if you care for them correctly. Some tips for proper sex toy care are:

  • Always clean your toys thoroughly after use with warm soapy water
  • Dry them properly – after towel drying, leave them to air dry too
  • Consider using a condom over the toy when in use
  • Wipe toys down with anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti viral wipes
  • Only use water-based lubricants with silicon toys

While using sex toys is enjoyable and drastically enhance your sex life, always make sure that you are using toys that are safe for insertion into the body. Don’t compromise on quality for cost, rather make sure you have toys that are safe and of high quality. If cared for properly, these toys will outlast the cheaper ones and you will be able to have many years of enjoyable, sexy fun with them.