Safe Sex Toy

Practice Safe Sex

What are Safe Sex Toys materials? Non porous. Phthalate free. Hypoallergenic. TPV. CyberSkin. PVC. 100% silicone. Body Safe… Things we see a lot on the labels on a sex toy packaging. Some of them are well known, some of them not at all – yet the most important thing for anyone when considering using sex toys (especially people partial to infections or people with sensitive skin) is to pay particular attention to what exactly it is that you are putting into your orifices.We need to consider what is the porosity of a toy, and the chemicals used to make it. This is not disregarding all toys on the market, though. Companies like Tantus, L’Amourose, LELO, Fun Factory, WeVibe and many others, make toys of a high quality toys that are body safe. I define this as something which is not immediately (anything over time if not properly looked after can become harmful) harmful, irritating or damaging to the human body. What to look for on the label and what it means:

Porosity
Porosity is how absorbent a material is. The more porous a sex toy is, the more it becomes a literal sponge soaking up bodily fluids. Or otherwise compared to a breading ground for bacteria. Materials such as Jelly Rubber and PVC are EXTREMELY porous and WILL absorb bodily fluids. This makes sharing with a partner unsafe, due to repeatedly putting thriving bacteria into yours and your partners orifices repeatedly. I know what you’re thinking… There are SO any PVC and Jelly toys on the market. They’re known for their squishy, forgiving, bendy, “lifelike” feeling materials. Because porous toys can’t be properly cleaned (boiled or sterilized) if you have one, wish to get one or wish to share one with a partner – use always with a condom.
Nonporous definition is an adjective for not permeable to water, air, or other fluids. 
Non-Porous toys have a smooth, impermeable surface and do not harbor bacteria in it’s surface. Some non-porous toys can be cleaned via dishwasher – hello 21st century! As well as being boiled or if you’re really fanatic about cleanliness you can mix with a part (and I mean really small mix) of bleach. Non porous toys can be made from materials like glass, metals (steel, aluminium etc), wood, granite, high grade silicone and many more. Non-porous are Safe Sex Toys
Photo of Sponge with Pores
Photo: Porous Sponge
Phthalates
Some sex toys are made from materials that can cause burning, itching rash’s or in extreme cases tissue damage. Phthalates are a material used to cause elasticity in some sex toys (usually PVC). This is what makes them flexible, soft, squidgy and life like. The EPA (environment protection authority) states that Phthalates inhibit possible human carcinogens – meaning it has the potential to cause cancer as well as being linked to some reproductive issues. This is a little bit scary to me. Some claims of Phthalate Free on some sex toys can also be unverified. In this case, what can you do? Despite sounding very scientific, Phthalates are usually easy enough to notice in a product. Here are some tips for ‘sniffing’ out the good and the bad.
  • Read the label to determine the materials the toy is made from. Look for terms like PVC, Rubber, Vinyl, Jelly etc.
  • If a toy is bendy, super ridiculously squishy –  it is likely that plasticizers have been used to soften the material. These could be (are most likely) Phthalates.
  • Toy’s containing Pthalates can often be found with oily discharge or residue on the skin of the toy. This is the chemical degradation process of the toy material. This occurs naturally after an unspecified amount of time.
  • A chemical or rubbery smell can often be omitted from a toy containing Phthalates. BUT – some toys may have this smell because they’re made from plastic. Though some people who have been exposed to the smell before say that there is a particular odour that Phthalates do have.
Though Phthalates are found in materials they’re also found in a lot of other day to day things that we use in life. Many children’s toys have been found to include Phthalates.Again, to be safe – use a condom over the toy. Phthalate free are Safe Sex Toys
 
Recommended Sex Toy Brands
If you have sensitive skin, are prone to allergies or infections, or just worried about what materials are in some toys, toys made from any of the above mentioned materials are definitely for you. Buying from manufacturers like WeVibe, LELO and Fun Factory ensure products that are made with medical grade, high quality materials. If you want a squishy feeling toy that’s not rock hard without the risk of Phthalates – you need to try Tantus. They’re truly taking over the market with realistic and non realistic dildo’s that are medical grade, 100% silicone that can be boiled to sanitise – AND are squishy as hell. Sold? Because I am.
Folks who crave firm stimulation are in luck. All steels, woods (check the manufacturer and process of making the toys i.e what they used to seal the wood), granite and glass are perfect for temperature play, G Spot and P Spot stimulation. Not only does their rigidity make them perfect for achieving female ejaculation, but they literally last FOREVER. You can’t break them (without at least dropping it from a 20 storey building) and with proper cleaning practices – they cannot breed bacteria. Always do your homework and understand what certain chemicals and materials are. But most importantly, ask the staff at your local sex store. If you’re unsure, staff at ALL Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres are aware of what Safe Sex Toys are made out of and which ones to be careful with. And remember – condoms will make porous toys much safer, cleaner and safe to share with your partner! It is important to practice safe sex.

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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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