One of the main reasons I see people suggest using condoms with sex toys is if the toy in question is really porous. Some toy materials like TPR/TPE, jelly, rubber, PVC, Cyberskin, etc. can easily harbor bacteria, viruses, and mold in their pores and can’t really be sanitized beyond the surface.
PVC sex toys 🙁. Bad. Common in realistic dildos. PVC, by nature, is a very hard substance, so if you have a soft squishy PVC toy, it’s likely that it’s been softened with toxic phthalates. This is a very common sex toy material because it’s cheap to produce. This is a very porous material. Latex Rubber sex toys 🙁. Sprint away.
"Condoms shouldn't be used on POROUS dildos, as it can further degrade the material, but we really should not be using porous sex toys in the first place," LeClaire says.
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The material we are looking at today is PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is a plastic used in the making of some sex toys. Vinyl chloride is on the Government of Canada’s Toxic Substances List ...
To minimize the risks, you should always use PVC vibrators and dildos with a condom. Also look for changes in your toy’s color, texture, and smell which can indicate that the phthalates have leached out of the plastic.
Jellies contain phthalates. Rubber: This latex material is commonly used to make dildos. It has a pungent odor and can cause allergic reactions. If you buy a rubber sex toy, be sure to use it with a condom because it is porous. PVC and vinyl: These are both cheap materials that contain phthalates.
So, even though Fine says phthalates (and PVC) are much less common in sex toys nowadays, look out for toys that say phthalate-free and are made of silicone or other non-plastic materials.
3. Condoms may not protect you from toxic toys. People often get a false sense of security when it comes to using condoms on toys containing phthalates and other harmful chemicals. While condoms can protect you from STIs and pregnancy, there haven’t been any tests to indicate they’ll protect you from the toxic chemicals in certain sex toys.
Some chemicals often used in them can be harmful, and keeping them clean can be difficult. There's an easy solution: Use a condom with your toys. Sex toys have lost much of their stigma in a post ...