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Is Your Vibrator Toxic?

This post comes from user Betty Wayne in the group Sex 101 in our TrèsSugar Community. Feel free to weigh in in the comments!

Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more flexible. They are found in damn near everything: catheters, paint, shower curtains, glue, and sex toys. Phthalates have been linked to reproductive, liver, and kidney problems, as well as cancer. In the US, a law was passed under the Bush Jr administration banning phthalates in children's toys above a concentration of more than 0.1%. There is no regulation in the sex toy industry as far a phthalate content.

Green Peace in the Netherlands commissioned a study, to be performed by TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, to measure the phthalate levels in sex toys. They tested eight sex toys, and found that only one did not contain phthalates. The other seven contained phthalates ranging in concentration from 24% to 49%. Keep in mind, children's toys can't contain more than 0.1%.

The only toy that did not contain phthalates was the "Cyber Pussy." Since phthalates are used to soften plastics, you can avoid them by using toys made from hard plastic, glass, stainless steel, or acrylic, or by having real sex. Condoms do not contains phthalates. Also, toys leak more and more phthalates as they age, so the older a toy is, the more toxic it can be. Here is a PDF of the Green Peace study.

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Lucy-Hush Lucy-Hush 5 years
Wow! The vast majority of the toys I stock in my boutique are 100% Phthalate free AND they're flexible. Phthalate free products are typically marketed as such and I make sure to display thourough product descriptions detailing content and materials. It's always good practice to get your toys from a trustworthy business owner and expert.
weeshly weeshly 5 years
I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work. Sex toys
Glamorme Glamorme 5 years
scary- that's why i use a non-invasive vibrator. wink wink
meghanlriley meghanlriley 5 years
You can also used platinum grade silicone toys, those are phthalate free tooo!
nancita nancita 5 years
Just one of those things you don't even think about!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 5 years
You could always roll a condom over it if you're worried?? Or get a glass one. Nothing to freak out about there! :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 5 years
Yeah that's right BPA's
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 5 years
Yeah that's right BPA's
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
SKG- I should have clarified- phthalates have been banned from children's toys because children are more likely to put toys into their mouths and absorb the chemicals that way. Your vagina and mouth are both highly porous. The chemical bond between the phthalates and the plastics they are mixed with is relatively weak, causing phthaltes to leach into whatever they come in contact with more easily than other toxic chemicals. The FDA has never in any way endorsed vibrators as safe. Vibrators are neither a food or a drug. Vibrators are technically 'novelties.' There is absolutely no regulation whatsoever when it comes to the composition of sex toys. As far as Green Peace doing the study, they do have a political agenda; I also have a political agenda. TNO, the lab commissioned, does not have a political agenda as far as I know; they do only contract work. Kudos to you for being skeptical, though. You should never believe everything you read. Not to scare you or anything... There's a lot of cancer in my family, so I avoid possible carcinogens at all costs. I always liked the flexible vibes, I was quite disappointed to come across this article. HypnoticMix you're probably thinking of BPA. As far as I know, it's added to plastics to make them more shatter resistant. Some studies say it passes harmlessly out of your body when you urinate and some say it causes a whole slew of health concerns. Like I said, cancer runs rampant in my family, and I don't like taking chances when it comes to carcinogens, so I avoid BPA too. You just got me thinking... I wonder what the BPA levels are in the hard plastic vibrators...
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
SKG- I should have clarified- phthalates have been banned from children's toys because children are more likely to put toys into their mouths and absorb the chemicals that way. Your vagina and mouth are both highly porous. The chemical bond between the phthalates and the plastics they are mixed with is relatively weak, causing phthaltes to leach into whatever they come in contact with more easily than other toxic chemicals.The FDA has never in any way endorsed vibrators as safe. Vibrators are neither a food or a drug. Vibrators are technically 'novelties.' There is absolutely no regulation whatsoever when it comes to the composition of sex toys. As far as Green Peace doing the study, they do have a political agenda; I also have a political agenda. TNO, the lab commissioned, does not have a political agenda as far as I know; they do only contract work. Kudos to you for being skeptical, though. You should never believe everything you read.Not to scare you or anything... There's a lot of cancer in my family, so I avoid possible carcinogens at all costs. I always liked the flexible vibes, I was quite disappointed to come across this article. HypnoticMix you're probably thinking of BPA. As far as I know, it's added to plastics to make them more shatter resistant. Some studies say it passes harmlessly out of your body when you urinate and some say it causes a whole slew of health concerns. Like I said, cancer runs rampant in my family, and I don't like taking chances when it comes to carcinogens, so I avoid BPA too. You just got me thinking... I wonder what the BPA levels are in the hard plastic vibrators...
trinitycc trinitycc 5 years
or just use the "old fashioned" ones made of hard plastic ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 5 years
Wow first std's now toxic vibrators. Damn ya'll can't get a break. On a related point I watched an episode of Dr. Oz regarding the same problem in food storage containers. With respect to those only use them for storage do not reheat in a plastic storage container. Put it in a glass/ceramic container first then reheat.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 5 years
Wow first std's now toxic vibrators. Damn ya'll can't get a break. On a related point I watched an episode of Dr. Oz regarding the same problem in food storage containers. With respect to those only use them for storage do not reheat in a plastic storage container. Put it in a glass/ceramic container first then reheat.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Yeah, I agree with SKG... if you're that worried, just regularly replace yours. I doubt our vibrators are going to kill us.
Monique-Marie427757 Monique-Marie427757 5 years
OMG. Just when you think you can light some candles and relax with the "bunny" you have to wonder if you are in toxic danger.
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
Haha. Nice comment. Good post Betty Wayne! That's scary! I don't have one, but it's still creepy to think of.
Depraved-Girl Depraved-Girl 5 years
Shit. There goes my afternoon of masturbating.
Depraved-Girl Depraved-Girl 5 years
Shit. There goes my afternoon of masturbating.
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