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Sex Toys For Health Issues

Dr. Lisa Lawless

Dr. Lisa Lawless, CEO of Holistic Wisdom
Clinical Psychotherapist: Relationship & Sexual Health Expert

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Most sex toys are marketed for pleasure because they are typically not tested for health issues or made with medical-grade materials. Learn more about sex toy classification through our guide: Why Are Sex Toys Called Adult Novelties? This article will review the safety of sex toy materials as well as sex toys that may be beneficial for some health conditions.

Speaking With A Healthcare Provider

One of the most important things you can do is discuss your sexual functioning with a healthcare provider to determine what sexual products may be ideal for you and your specific health concerns. Talking about sex with anyone can feel quite personal and, in some cases, uncomfortable, so we have provided a helpful guide to assist you in having this vital conversation: How To Talk To Your Doctor About Sex.

Sex Toy Materials

There are a lot of sex toys with toxic materials and personal lubricants that contain harmful ingredients, so it is essential to be educated about what is body-safe. However, there is also a great deal of myths about toxins in sex toys with many self-appointed sex toy experts who spread misinformation, so it is often difficult for consumers as well as healthcare professionals to gauge what is healthy and what is not.

Toxicants In Sex Toys

There are sex toys that contain unhealthy chemicals such as phthalates, BPA, lead, cadmium, and many others. These harmful chemicals can easily leach into the mucus membranes of the vagina and rectum, causing various health issues such as headaches, painful sex, numbness, rashes, blisters, nausea, cramping, and vaginal or rectal burning. That is why we only carry the healthiest sex toys available so that shopping with us allows for your peace of mind. For more information about the types of toxins found in sex toys, please see our helpful guide: How To Avoid Toxic Sex Toys.

Fear-Based Sex Toy Myths

Unfortunately, many bloggers and so-called sex toy experts spread false narratives about sex toy materials so often that some myths have become considered common knowledge. Some of the biggest myths are regarding silicone sex toys.

One common myth is that only medical-grade silicone sex toys are safe to use. The problem with this is that sex toys are not made with medical-grade silicone, so finding one would be quite challenging. Medical-grade silicone is not a type of silicone; rather, it is how silicone is tested. To be considered medical-grade, it would have to be tested by being implanted in the body and tested for many months. It would also not be able to have any pigment (color) added to it once tested.

What consumers should look for instead is how silicone is cured, as that is one of the most significant factors in determining how pure and nontoxic the silicone is when it comes to being a body-safe sex toy. Platinum cured, and post-baked peroxide cured silicones are the safest silicone sex toys you can buy. To learn more about silicone sex toys, please see our helpful guide: Silicone Sex Toys: Is Yours Real & Safe?

We work closely with chemists and labs that are ISO 17025 accredited and FDA registered to ensure that we share only factual information about sex toys and sell the healthiest available. We provide well-researched information and avoid perpetuating fear-based, false messages about sex toys to educate and empower you.

Health Conditions & Sex Toys

While sex toys are typically designed with sexual pleasure in mind, many can be used for those who struggle with sexual health issues. For example, vaginal atrophy is when the vaginal walls become overly tight, thinner, dryer, inflamed and can cause pain during sex. Using dilators to gently stretch vaginal tissue to provide more comfort during penetration can be quite helpful. When you go to doctor's offices, they often have outdated dilator suggestions that do not have curved, tapered tips, easy-to-hold handles, and high-grade platinum cured silicone. Thus getting dilators from a reputable sex toy retailer opens up more advanced options for their patients.

Another example is for men who have erectile dysfunction (ED) issues and wish to use a penis ring to hold blood in their penis after using a penis pump. Most medical penis rings do not offer vibrating features that may keep blood flow elevated. Again, choosing more advanced sex toy options may be a better option, depending on the health concerns.

People who have disabilities and have gone through debilitating cancer treatments, diabetes, and many other health conditions can find assistance in using sex toys. Please talk to your healthcare provider about what sexual products may be right for you, and feel free to have them contact us as we frequently work with physicians to help them find beneficial sexual products for their patients. Below are examples of health issues for which we commonly provide education and product suggestions.

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