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Is Your Vibrator Killing You?

A must read for anyone who owns or is considering buying a vibrator or sex toy…

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Guest Blog : Today I have Katrina Pfister  from Love Rouge who explain why it’s important to practise safe sex…even when you’re alone! Toxins are everywhere and its important to remember that it’s more than what we eat and drink !

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We all know pleasure toys are a great way to enhance or add variety to you sex life. What you may not know is the potential health risks posed by using inferior pleasure toys. Unlike other plastic items such as medical devices and children’s chew-friendly toys, adult toys still go largely unregulated and untested in Australia.

Phthalates

Phthalates pronounced “thal-ates” are the dirty little secret of the adult industry, they are the chemical softeners used to make PVC plastics soft, mouldable, transparent and longer lasting.

Phthalates can easily leach because there is no covalent bond between the phthalates and plastics in which they are contained. The danger is that the plastics particularly as they age can leach the phthalates chemicals into their environment and can be absorbed into the body.

Why is it important I know about Phthalates?

Many adult toys such as vibrators and jelly rubber-like dildos are made of polyvinyl chlorides (PVC) that contain Phthalates. PVC is cheap and easy to work with, hence its widespread use in many adult products.

In recent years, testing has revealed the potentially serious health impacts of phthalates. Phthalates have been shown to cause birth defects and change human hormone levels. There are also studies being conducted into the link between phthalates and breast cancer in women.

Research has already been carried out into the effects of phthalates in children – the US, Japan and the European Union have all placed bans on phthalates in children’s toys. But no such rules exist for adult toys!! So without government regulation, it’s important that you, the consumer, know about phthalates in order to make informed choices.

How do I know if my vibrator or dildo contains Phthalates?

If you have a toy that has a very pungent plastic-like smell when taken out of the packaging, the likelihood is that it contains phthalates. Also the cheaper your sex toy, the more likely it is to contain phthalates.

If in doubt, have a look at the box and check the product specifications. Products that are Phthalate free will be highlighting the fact. If nothing is stated, then find the manufacturer online and check out the product specifications or ask a reputable adult shop consultant.

Be warned – one type of vibrator from one brand may be phthalate free, but that does not mean all from that brand are.

How to know for certain?

There are fantastic adult brands that only use 100% body safe materials.

At Love Rouge we recommend buying a vibrator that specifically states that it is phthalate free. Some brands whose entire range is phthalate free include LELOJE JOUEFUN FACTORY and PICO BONG.

If you have any concerns or questions about your vibrator please feel free to contact the girls of Love Rouge info@loverouge.com.au, we are happy to answer your questions and/or make recommendations or visit our online store at www.loverouge.com.au

 

 

 

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