Are sex toys safe?

In short, YES, sex toys are safe to use and buy, you just have to make sure that you buy adult toys from a trusted manufacturer, like Loving Joy. A report conducted by the Swedish Chemicals Agency found that sex toys were safer than children’s toys. This report was the first of it’s kind, and one of the inspectors actually remarked that ‘this was a bit surprising’.

To make sure that your sex toys are the safest they can be make sure that you always clean your sex toys before and after use. This is especially important if you are sharing your adult toys with someone else, as you can still get sexually transmitted diseases and infections if you share your sex toys with someone who already has them. In order to avoid STI’s make sure you keep them clean. Some people with toys designed for sexual penetration even put a new condom over their sex toys each time they use them to make sure that infection isn’t passed on. Because of the risk of infection with sharing them, we recommend against doing this.

When buying a sex toy and if you are considering how safe a sex toy is then it is always important to take a look at the material. Please note, that all sex toys that we manufacture are made from body safe materials, so no matter what you buy the product will always be safe to use for its intended purpose. That being said, different materials do have different chemical make ups.

Back when sex toys were first being manufactured many of them were produced with phthalates, these allow for plastic to bind together, making it more flexible, and will often be found in some cheap sex toys. Phthalates have been linked to numerous different health concerns, including male fertility issues, cancer, and diabetes, so it is best to stay away from them! That being said all of Loving Joy cheap sex toys are phthalate free, however other cheap adult toys from marketplaces that are not made by an established sex toy brand cannot be trusted, and may include low quality materials that contain phthalates. Old school jelly vibrators and dildos would have contained phthalates, but nowadays you will find that well known sex toy manufacturers, like Loving Joy, do not sell jelly vibrators.

Another important thing to look out for if how porous the material is. Porous materials allow for bacteria to grow within them, meaning that re-using them can lead to bacterial infections. If you have a sex toy made from such a material it may be best to use it with a condom, or dispose of it after use. Rubber sex toys that are made from a latex materially, which you would have found in old dildos, would be porous.

Nonporous sex toys are much more popular nowadays as people are more educated on the benefits of using certain materials. They will have a smoother surface that is water resistant. They do not harbour bacteria, and can usually be sterilized with boiling water. Silicone is a very popular nonporous material used for sex toys, however silicone is expensive, so the cost of silicone sex toys will be higher than other materials. Other nonporous materials include metal and glass.

If you are buying an anal sex toy then you will need to make sure that it has a flared base. Sex toys that are designed for anal penetration will have a flared base, preventing the toy from completely entering the rectum. Furthermore, if you are using an anal toy, do not use it for vaginal penetration, make sure you keep these toys separate as using an anal sex toy for vaginal penetration can upset the natural bacteria in the vagina, and cause infection.

In summary, to guarantee that your sex toys are safe, make sure you buy from a reputable company. Here at Loving Joy every sex toy undergoes a rigorous testing programme to make sure that it is up to the high standards that we set. So when buying from us you can always rest assured that you are getting the best quality sex toys available.

If you have any more questions on ‘are sex toys safe’ then please feel free to contact us and one of our product experts will be more than happy to help answer any questions that you have!