Phthalate Free Sex Toys!

Phthalate Health

I am Pauline From Oh Zone Penrith and today I am reviewing Phthalate. Since starting to work here at Oh Zone I am constantly reading on the specifications of the sex toy that it is phthalate free and until now I didn’t know what it was and why it made a difference to the toy and what made it a selling point. So here we go for anyone else that is in my situation.

Phthalates, pronounced thal-ates, is a group of chemicals that are in plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, longevity and make them harder to break. Phthalates are derived from phthalic acid andare often referred to as plasticizes for its plastic-softening properties.   You will probably be extremely surprised to know that Phthalates are used in so many things and a lot of these are everyday items, vinyl flooring, adhesives, lubricating oils, detergents, plastic automotive parts, solvents, rain coats, personal hygiene products like shampoo’s, soaps, hair sprays and nail polishes just to name a few.

Another surprising fact is that people are exposed to phthalates in many different ways, aside from the few ways mentioned above exposure can come from some containers that food and drinks are is kept in, exposure can come from swallowing, touching or even breathing if there are phthalate vapors in the air and also in some dust particles. Duration of exposure may be immediate, short term within about 14 days or long term, around a year.  Once phthalates enter the body, however the exposure has occurred, they generally breakdown fairly quickly into metabolites that pass out pretty quickly through urine.


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Are Phthalates Sex Toys Safe to Use?

There is simply not enough scientific evidence to directly answer that question as there have been very few studies conducted using sex toys, however a variety of research institutions have weighed in and expressed  concerns from mild to serious. There is a growing body of research consensus that phthlates have a toxic effect, particularly on the male reproductive system. Most research organizations, with the obvious exception of the chemical industry all agree that phthalates pose some risk to health and reproduction.

Studies have been performed on rodents that revealed when exposed in large doses, phthlates can cause damage to the liver, lungs, kidneys, testies and caused hormonal disruption. Preliminary studies on humans have suggested that phthalates can cause poor semen quality and can also have an effect on genital development. In saying that though, these studies are still in the early stages. Using vaginal douches can also increase phthalate levels. There was a study done recently by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency that concluded using sex toys with phthalates for one hour a day posed no health risks at all unless you were pregnant or breast feeding, and the risk was to the fetus or child not the adult.

But other researchers have found that white cell and animal studies show phthalates lead to changes that could induce or promote breast cancer. There have even been studies conducted to test the urinary concentration of phthalate metabolites in women with breast cancer versus women without breast cancer and the levels proved to be much higher in the women that had been diagnosed with breast cancer. There have even been studies that show that phthalates can increase resistance to some Chemotherapy treatments, but again this is still in the early stages. The types of phthalates were the type used in vinyl flooring, carpet backing, car trims, dash boards and artificial leather.

Although research concerning phthalates have produced alarming results, most of the studies have been conducted at relatively high doses to which humans would not normally be exposed to.  So in conclusion, there is still no solid evidence at this stage as to whether phthalates does cause certain types of cancer but the more I read up on this the more I think is does have a contributing factor to some cancers, the effectiveness of some cancer treatments and both the male and female reproductive system and there is some overwhelming evidence that phthalates do effect the development of unborn and young children.  So although no concrete evidence I would put forward that sex toys you purchase should be phthalate free just to be on the safe side.


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