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Self-Sex is not always Safe Sex!!

Important information for women about the safety of common pleasure products.

About Phthalates

In 2006 the environmental activist group Greenpeace called on the EU to ban sex toys that use chemical plastic softeners containing phthalates. (2)

Phthalate (pronounced 'tha-late') is a plasticizer used to make PVC plastic soft or flexible. Flexible PVC such as that used in pleasure products contains as much as 50% plasticizer by weight. That might not be a problem except that the phthalates are not chemically bonded to the PVC molecules so are given off freely by the PVC in a process called “offgassing”. Offgassing increases with bending or pressure and exposure to solvents such as fats, oils, saliva, and temperatures over 85°F. (1)

In a nutshell this means that the toxic phthalates in pleasure products are easily released over time into the sensitive areas of the body of the women who uses them .... making even sex with yourself a potential health hazard!!

Greenpeace reported that many adult sex toys contain the phthalate DEHP that was banned from being used in children's toys in Europe in 1995 amid fears that it could have damaging health effects for kids. They tested eight adult toys of which seven contained between 24 and 51 percent phthalates.

What's wrong with Phthalates?

Some of the adverse health effects of phthalates include: premature breast development in young girls, premature delivery of babies, impaired sperm quality and sperm damage in men and genital abnormalities in babies exposed to phthalates prenatally. (1)

So it looks pretty clear that we want to avoid exposure to phthalates. But until legislation bans their use in sex toys there is good chance you are absorbing a dose of phthalates every time you use one.

So how can you identify phthalate-laden toys?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does it smell horribly chemical?
  2. Is it pliable?
  3. Is it made of plastic?
  4. Is it unusually inexpensive?

If you answer with two or more yes's it probably contains phthalates. In general if it is soft or pliable, and smells bad it is likely to contain phthalates.

Phthalate free alternatives

Now the good news is that there are numerous alternatives that could be used - but unfortunately not many manufacturers use them. Products made from medical grade silicone, elastomer and food grade vinyls are perfectly safe. They have no chemical smells, no off-gassing and no leeching into your body.

Here at yOni we have located an excellent range of 100% phthalate free pleasure products and these are now available in our gift store. So if you are at all concerned about your toys, just head on over and check out some healthy replacements.

References

1. http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/environmental-health/stop-toxic-toys/phthalates-overview

2. http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/toxics/bad-vibrations-we-expose-an-eu-sex-scandal

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