Once people have gotten over their initial embarrassment about using sex toys, many find new activity levels in their imagination! And sometimes, imagination comes before awareness of consequences... and if you're unlucky, it can all end in a very, very embarrassing trip to the emergency room. There are several ways that play with sex toys can end in moans of misery rather than pleasure - here are our top 10 tips for keeping your adventures in the bedroom and out of the hospital!
1. If you're playing with a partner whose sexual history you are unfamiliar with, always use a condom. If they have obvious cold sores, reconsider playing at all.
2. If you're using a sex toy that's suitable for both vaginal and anal play, or for both 'his and hers' anal play, make sure you wash it with warm soapy water before sharing. Alternatively, use a condom on the toy and change it between partners.
Avoiding 'War Wounds' Various little cuts and scrapes can be caused by playing with toys, just as they can by playing with someone whose nails aren't carefully trimmed or by not pulling a zipper down properly! Avoid them by:
3. Buying good quality toys that don't have plastic seams
4. Throwing away a toy if it cracks
Know Your Product
5. Not everything is suitable to be used as a lubricant, and not only because it might deteriorate condoms. One story revolves around a young couple staying at the boy's grandmother's house who used nitroglycerin paste as lubricant. The paste causes a dangerous drop in blood pressure, and the couple were found naked and passed out in their grandmother's basement...
6. There is some discussion about whether toys containing phthalates are safe for regular use. Follow your own level of risk-tolerance - the scientific community is still undecided as to whether they have any harmful effects.
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time...
7. In Maryland in the US, a woman was rushed to the emergency room after her partner affixed a dildo to a power saw and used it to simulate sex with her. The blade cut through the dildo and created a terrible mess of her insides. The lesson? Use toys that are designed as toys.
8. Similar situations happen all over the world every day, when thin or cracked glass objects are used as impromptu dildos. The lesson... as above. This sort of play can truly end in tragedy.
What Goes In, Must Come Out
9. Ensure that anything you use as a toy can be easily pulled out from wherever you put it. Objects that have become 'stuck' in various places are one of the most common causes of embarrassing emergency rooms visits!
10. If your sex toy doesn't have a flared lip or a string for removal, affix one yourself... or reconsider using it. This goes especially for anything resembling a ball.
Never, ever use anything that's alive in your sex play. This is not only illegal (under animal cruelty regulations in Australia), but can cause nasty infections, cuts and scrapes that take a LONG time to heal.