Jelly dildos are known to contain enormous amount of dangerous chemicals, called phthalates, that can be linked to everything from infertility to different types of cancers. These harmful chemicals can interfere with sperm flow in men, and it can cause pregnancy complications. While choosing a new sexy toy for solo or partnered sex, always keep in mind that it’s something very personal and intimate. It will be in close contact with your genitals. It’s so unfortunate that so few people know about the harm that can be caused by these cheaply made intimate objects. You would think that any object made to go in and around your most intimate area would be safe and healthy, but that’s not the case. Let’s go down the rabbit hole. Do you remember the first episodes of Sex and The City TV Show, in particular the scene with a pink rabbit vibrator? Just think about it, this adult toy was introduced to more than 10.6 million people. That was a prime example of a PVC, jelly rabbit vibrator, that should be avoided by any means. The early 2000s were the golden age of those phthalate sex toys, with most sex shops overwhelmed with a high demand for those pleasure products. Regretfully, it has been stamped on so many people’s minds, and shown as something cool, modern and unique.
So, what’s the matter with these jelly toys?
How did they end up entering the adult market? According to the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami, since antiquity people used to create sex aids from stone, wood, glass and leather. In ancient Greece, married women kept objects, named ‘olisbos’, that were intended to be used if husbands were traveling or hunting.
These days with the rise of capitalism many things have changed. Manufacturers and entrepreneurs look for the most cost-effective ways to bring a product to the market. Health is no longer a primary concern, unless it’s the law. Take jelly, for instance. Jelly toys are very common. Many adult shops still sell those disturbing products, veiling them with phrases such as “quality jelly toys”, “the best PVC dildos” and so on. They even involve ambassadors to advertise their cheap harmful crap! Don’t get deluded by the number of subscribers, shiny ads, or big brand names. Remember, all those companies want is to get as much profit as possible, diminishing the significance of health concerns. You can easily identify them, these crystal jelly dildos are very flexible, shiny and poorly made. They come in a different range of designs, sizes, and colors. Icing on the cake, they are porous, meaning you will never be able to clean them completely from harmful bacteria. There are some sex shops that don’t list their complete list of ingredients or materials. Take it as an immediate red flag. Don’t let them fool you. We’ve put together a complete guide on how to choose body-safe sex toys.
Practice safe masturbation and sex.
Shop only trustworthy adult brands with high-quality products, such as V For Vibes, Jimmy Jane and Lelo. Keep in mind you don’t want to sacrifice your sexual wellness and health for the sake of a toy and temporary fun. As stated by the CDC, “phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break.” There are even studies that have shown that in certain cumulative quantities phthalates caused cancer among rats. Although Congress has banned the use of phthalates in some products for kids, it completely ignored the existing disaster with adult businesses. Just pay a few extra bucks, get the best value and spice things up inside and outside of your bedroom!