“Sexual pleasures are your birthright. It is a vital source of life and should be respected, understood, nurtured, and cherished. Claire Cavanah is the co-founder of Babeland sex toys, which has locations in Seattle and New York. She describes “sexual positivity” as a positive attitude. She says that this movement partly reflects the recognition of sex as a part of a healthy and happy life. Toys are a great way to spread happiness. Toys that vibrate Toys that can be strapped on! Toys that feel and look like flesh and toys that look like James Bond gadgets. There are many options available.
We could all use some refresher training, no matter if you are the FAO Schwarz of sex toys. Safety of sex toys:
Know what you are doing with your toys. Safety and regulation of sex toys and testing vibrators are not done by the government. Make sure you do your research on what materials are safe and which ones are not. Safety concerns have been raised about phthalates, which are chemicals used in sex toys and products that soften plastic and increase flexibility. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, some research has shown that prolonged exposure to these chemicals can cause cancer and damage reproductive systems, testes, and liver. Although no agency can verify that sex toys are “phthalate-free”, Cavanah and Charlie Glickman, a sex and relationship coach based in Oakland, Calif., say that this indicator is a good place. According to a Kinsey Confidential article, you should also inspect the packaging for materials like vinyl, polyvinyl chloride, and jelly rubber. These substances often contain phthalates. Remember that phthalates soften plastic so toys with a jelly-like texture are suspect.
Porosity is a key feature of soft toys. Although squishiness doesn’t necessarily indicate the presence or absence of phthalates in toys, it can indicate that the toy may harbor bacteria. Glickman is the co-author of “The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure.” Don’t worry, though. As long as you choose a toy that is phthalate-free, you don’t have to give up on the pleasures of porous toys. Glickman says there is a way to make sure these toys are safe and clean.
Glickman notes that soft, jelly-like toys can be less expensive than silicone toys – the nonporous and sanitizable favourite. If you are new to The World of Vibrators and Dildos and don’t feel comfortable investing in silicone toys, then you can save money by purchasing a plastic toy that comes with a condom. He says that if you decide it’s not for you, you will only have to spend $30 instead of $80. You can choose to purchase a silicone product that is body-safe if you like it.
Trusted companies are the best. Cavanah says that despite the lack of regulation and vague marketing terms, and the fact these items are likely to go inside you, it is important to shop from trusted retailers. She says that stores like Babeland and San Francisco’s Good Vibrations have a mission. She says that she wants people to enjoy their sex and to get rid of any inhibitions they might have.
Glickman says that a quality vendor will have done extensive research on the products and passed the necessary inspections. You can find trustworthy sellers by looking at their websites. Glickman explains that they will provide all the information you need, and they will also give you care instructions and cleaning tips. That’s the difference between shopping with these companies and shopping at Amazon. You don’t get any information.
Take care of one another. Cavanah states that toys are not only for the lonely. This is a common misconception. Toys are used by couples to have first orgasms, to have bigger orgasms, or to have larger, more intense or wilder orgasms. There’s nothing wrong in allowing toys into your bedroom and relationship. Even though there are more intense orgasms, it is important to be cautious. Debby Herbenick is the co-director of Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion. If a partner is using the toy, cover it with a condom.
Condoms should be used when using the same toy anally or vaginally. Herbenick suggests that you have one toy for each part. If not, put a condom on the toy and then take it out of the anus or vagina. Then, use a new condom to replace the condom. You don’t want bacteria to be transferred from the anus to the vagina.
After each use, wash toys. Glickman suggests that toys should be cleaned after each use. He also recommends using antibacterial soap such as dishwashing soap. He suggests that you wash your toy with hot soap and water for about 15-30 seconds. After drying, let it air dry. This will prevent mold growth. Glickman suggests that silicone toys that don’t vibrate can be washed and disinfected in boiling water or on the top rack of a dishwasher. You don’t have to empty the dishwasher yourself, as that could cause awkward conversations.