“I think it’s great that there are companies making these products.
But it is important that you have good quality toys,” says Susan G. Brown, a sex therapist and sex educator who works with sex workers.
“If they don’t have good toys, they’re going to be less effective.”
One of the main reasons for this is because of the sheer amount of materials used in the sex toys industry, which, as Brown puts it, is “all about using the least amount of material possible.”
“You don’t want to use a toy that will make you vomit, but a toy with rubber is a great toy because it is so easy to clean,” she says.
“It’s a lot of material, and there are so many types of toys.”
But some toys are actually made out of plastic or polymers.
“Polymers are the most common type of material used in sex toys,” Brown says.
That’s because the plastic used to make them is generally made of several layers of different materials, and it is often fused together, or bonded together with rubber.
In fact, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina found that “polymers are used in almost 70 percent of the world’s consumer-grade sex toys and toys that are marketed to children.”
So, while sex toys can be made of just about any material, some of the most popular are made out, Brown explains, of “polymer-based materials.”
Some of these materials are actually more harmful than others, though.
“Some materials, like silicone, are more toxic, and they’re made out with rubber and they do not adhere well,” Brown explains.
“So if you use one of these material types, you’re putting yourself at risk for cancer.
And if you’re using one of those materials, it’s a good idea to wash it before you put it on, and to always keep it clean.”
Another reason why sex toys are often made out not only of plastic, but also of other materials, is because they are sold as “cushions” or “comfort toys.”
“Some of these cushions are actually synthetic, and those are the kind that are being marketed as toys for women,” Brown adds.
“For example, some silicone toys that come out of the plastic are made from polyurethane foam.
They’re synthetic, they do come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some are actually toxic.”
The good news is that there is a lot you can do to protect yourself from the chemicals used in these materials.
“When it comes to sex toys, you have to be vigilant,” Brown continues.
“You have to take care of yourself.
You have to wear a condom.
You’re not going to get away with it, because the materials and the companies will do anything to get rid of the information.”
The best sex toys will be made from a material that will not harm you.
“I would tell anyone who wants to buy a toy,” Brown advises, “that you should have the best quality material.
If it’s made of a polymer, you should use a rubber toy.
If there’s silicone in it, you don’t use it.”
So how can you avoid getting a potentially toxic toy?
Brown says to be wary of the type of materials that come in sex toy boxes, since they are generally not safe to use in a sexual relationship.
“Do not buy from Amazon,” she suggests.
“Ask your local sex shop if they have anything for sale, and make sure it’s safe.”
And if your sex toy is sold as a cushion or a comfort toy, Brown also advises that you should only use it as that.
“Use it as a pillow, or a pillow is for someone who’s sleeping on a pillow,” she explains.
Brown also recommends that you use it only in the room where you’re having sex, so that it’s not touching someone else’s body.
“That’s what sex toys should be used for,” she concludes.
“Because if they’re touching another person’s body, they’ll be at risk.”
But not all of the materials used to create these toys are harmful, Brown cautions.
“There are many types that are safe, and the materials are really good,” she continues.