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Sexual Enhancement Devices and Poison Prevention, Lesson Two

March 26, 2015
The Posting Maven

Poison Prevention 2

Now that you are aware that there aren’t any current safety regulations in the sexual device industry, because they are considered to be for “novelty use” here is a comprehensive guide as to what you should look for during a purchase.

Regardless of device type or function: anal, vulva, or penis, first and foremost check the porosity. Porosity describes how porous or absorbent the material is. The more porous, the more likely bacteria can exist and thrive (like reproduce). You don’t want these bacterias entering your body.

Non Body Safe Materials

Porous materials are wood, latex (not to be confused with the same material in condoms), and silicone-like (jelly, cyberskin, thermoplastics rubber or TPRs). Here’s how to test is the material is not body safe. The smell. Toxic devices have a strong chemical smell, which never goes away completely, even with repeated washings. The price. The cheaper the device – the more of a guarantee it is toxic. Rule of thumb: you get what you pay for. It’s tempting to purchase devices in the $10-$20 range, but they’re toxic.

Body Safe Materials

Non-porous materials, that are body safe, are silicone, hard plastic, glass, and stainless steel. Many non-porous toys can be sterilized by boiling them in water or running them through the dishwasher (this is not recommended if you live with roommates or parents). However, regardless of non porosity, it is important to always properly clean and maintain your device

Silicone – Is soft and lifelike, it is hypo-allergenic, and it warms up quickly to body temperature. It is non-porous and so is easy to clean with mild soap and water. It may also be boiled for sterilization to allow for sex-device sharing without the need for condoms.

Hard Plastic – (see silicone)

Glass – Is commonly made from clear medical grade borosilicate glass (”hard glass”) of which Pyrex is one well-known brand. This material (essentially “lead-free crystal”) is completely non-toxic and will withstand extreme temperatures as well as considerable physical shock without compromising its structural integrity. Glass toys made of borosilicate are completely safe. Glass dildos are also non-porous and can be sterilized to help prevent infection with reuse or sharing. These types of sex toys are not only durable, but also visually appealing. Glass sex toys are a long-lasting alternative to less expensive toys. These toys can also be warmed or chilled before use.

Stainless Steel – Or chrome alloy. It is easily warmed to body temperature, pleasurable, and beautiful. Steel sex toys will last almost indefinitely if cared for properly. No special precautions are needed for stainless steel sex toys, all of which are resistant to almost everything including food and beverages. You can boil or soak stainless steel sex toys in bleach and water solution, or wash in the dishwasher. For lubrication, you can use any type, including water, oil, or silicone.

Elastomer -Similar to jelly, elastomer is less dangerous and much higher quality. An elastomer is a compound that does not include phthalates. A special note about elastomer. Though it is safer in terms of not containing phthalates, it is still porous and non sterilizable, so it should not be used without a condom and ideally not anally.

Though it important to pay attention to your sex toy material, it is just as important to pay attention to your lube as well! Unfortunately lubricants can be made up of non body safe materials as well. Also, depending on your sex toy, the lube you use can affect the material of your device!

Lubricant that you lubriCAN use

Just because a product claims to be natural doesn’t mean it is safe to put on your body. You should only purchase water-based without glycerine or silicone-based lubricants.

Water-based without glycerin lube – This lube last longer than lubricants with glycerin. They reduce irritation to the genitals and do not trigger yeast infections because they contain vegetable-derived glycerin. And they don’t stain sheets.

Water-based with glycerin lube –  This lube is mostly commonly sold with syntethic glycerin, which produced a sweet taste. Most flavored lubricants and warming lubricants contain glycerin. When water-based lubes start to dry, it is best to add water or saliva rather than just adding more lube because that just creates a mess, whereas the water or saliva makes it slippery again. Though these are safe to use with latex condoms, they do trigger yeast infections to vulva that are prone to them. Also these products contain parabens, another chemical material that can be dangerous.

Silicone-based lube – These last the longest of all. Silicone lubricant is different from the silicone used in breast implants and is not considered dangerous; it cannot penetrate through the skin’s pores. Most silicone lubricants are hypoallergenic.

Oil-based lube – Both synthetic and natural oil-based lubes can destroy latex condoms. They are safe to use with condoms made from nitrile, polyisoprene or polyurethane. The general rule with natural oil-based lubes is that: if it’s safe for you to eat, it’s safe to put on your vulva and inside your vagina. Luckily the body can clear out natural oils more easily than petroleum-based lubricants, or Synthetic Oil-based lubes.

Here is a chart to know what lube to use with which device:

Lube Chart

*It’s important to note that using condoms with your designated device is presuming you’re sharing these devices. Just as it is important to practice safe sex with a partner it is twice as important to practice safe sex with a device with a partner.

*It’s important to note that using condoms with your designated device is presuming you’re sharing these devices. Just as it is important to practice safe sex with a partner it is twice as important to practice safe sex with a device with a partner.

In Lesson 3, we will have a complete list of retailers and manufacturers who pledge to only sell products that are body safe and non-toxic!

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