Are Sex Toys Safe?


If you use sex toys, it's important to do so responsibly and to keep them clean. Sex toys can pass on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne infections (infections passed on through the blood). 


Avoiding STIs

If you use sex toys, you can avoid STIs by:

  • keeping sex toys clean: wash them after each use.
  • covering penetrative sex toys, such as vibrators, with a new condom before someone else uses them
  • not sharing sex toys or having a different set of sex toys for each partner

Sex toys can pass on STIs such as:

  • chlamydia
  • syphilis
  • herpes

The Health A-Z has more information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


Is It Safe To Use A Vibrator In Pregnancy?


nn allnanos blk-760371-490x362There are no scientific studies which address whether using a vibrator in pregnancy is safe or not. Vibrators are used by women to help them achieve an orgasm.


For most normal, healthy pregnant women, orgasm is a good release and often easier to achieve due to the increased vascularity of the perineum. Having an orgasm does usually not negatively affect the vast majority of normal pregnancies.


Using a vibrator is usually considered safe in pregnancy, but you want to be sure not to penetrate too forcefully since the vibrator is more rigid than a penis. If you are at risk for preterm labor, or you have a placenta previa or issues where having an orgasms is contraindicated then you may want to discuss it first with your doctor.



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