Sex toys are manufactured using all sorts of materials and some may be toxic and unsafe for your tender genital tissues.
True story. My partner and I were engaging in some anal play with a toy that we hadn’t used before. Almost immediately upon entry, I felt a burning sensation that intensified until I had to ask him to remove it. We made a joke of it and named the toy “Bernie.” I thought perhaps I hadn’t rinsed the toy enough after I had cleaned it before play, so we tried the toy again after another cleaning and a thorough rinse. I felt the same burning. We even tried it a third time in his ass (after a third cleaning) and he also felt the burn.
Last weekend, I attended a fantastic workshop “Junk for Your Junk: Sex Toys 101″presented by Chicago sex educators Sunny Megatron and Ken Melvoin-Berg. At one point, Sunny mentioned that some cheaper sex toys may contain toxic materials that will cause genital irritation and burning. My partner and I looked at each other with knowing recognition. Bernie!
Here’s a quick and easy tip to check sex toys for safety before risking irritation or a burning sensation. Lick the toy. If it tastes bad or burns your tongue, don’t put it near your sensitive genital areas unless you put a condom over it for some extra protection. Better yet, consider retiring the toy to the trash. Thanks Sunny Megatron for solving the mystery of Bernie!