In a country where politicians are uncomfortable hearing the “V” word, it’s no surprise that there is little regulation of the adult toy industry, let alone ample research available on the effects of toys on the human body. We are talking about putting these objects into one of the body’s most sacred places. I don’t know about you, but I would want some pretty extensive research done on a product that you’re putting “down there.” According to a 2009 study on the use of vibrators among American women, over 52% of American women are shaking in their drawers, so to speak. Millions of people use adult toys, and the government turns its back because they get an erection when they hear the work “vagina.”
The thing is, these products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration because they are considered “novelty items.” Therefore, they are not required to be tested for internal use. This allows manufacturers to fill their dildos, vibrators, and cock rings with chemicals that could potentially be harmful to your health! There are people using these toys who are having allergic reactions ranging from itching to upper respiratory infections to even sometimes worse side effects. Meanwhile, many doctors often do not realize that the reaction was caused by a cheaply-made adult toy.
I know what you’re thinking: “How do I know what brands and retailers use safe materials?” Or, “How are people not being educated on how can they protect themselves?” There is a test that retailers and reviewers use to see how pure the material is. The test is conducted by placing the sex toy over an open flame. If the toy is not pure silicone, it will begin to melt. There are plenty of reputable, honest reviewers on the web who speak openly about sex toy materials. Do a little research before you make your next purchase, and stop to consider what it is exactly that you are putting into your body.
It’s important for sex toy users to gain some knowledge about safe materials, like glass, metal, silicone ceramic and even treated wood. Since the public education system does not have this type of information readily available, it is something we have to research and seek out for ourselves. Many reviewers and enthusiasts make lists of companies they trust. It’s just a matter of sending an email or private message to them on a blog or social network. Take a second to think next time before you purchase one of these products from a retail store. Think to yourself: “Am I sure this is the toy I really want?” and, if so, research it before dropping your hard-earned cash on something that could possibly make you sick.