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Phthalates

SAFETY NOTICE

Phthalates have been proven to have serious side effects. While not everyone will have negative reactions to these toys, those who do will find them extremely unfun, including obesity, kidney disease, lupus, sperm damage and/or burning sensations in mucus membranes.  If your sex toys are "milky", have a rubbery odor, or seem to be "melting", either cover them completely with a condom for use, or dispose of them. 

Chemicals used to make plastic soft which are often used with PVC. Phthalates caused a revolution in sex toys, allowing higher-quality toys to be made much cheaper. Unfortunately, there is a possibility of adverse side effects, including a burning sensation, sperm damage, and lupus.

The fuss

As the studies come in, it seems that those who insisted that Phthalates where bad for you were way ahead of the curve. Phthalates have long been used to make "bendy" plastic in a cheap way. The problem is that toys made with this stuff (both the toys for adults and for children), have a serious issue. There is a leaching of the chemicals away from the toy and into the skin (and mucus membranes). This does seem to be reduced by covering sex toys with condoms, but even so, there are those who have adverse reactions to them.

Regulation

Sex toys really aren't regulated. By 2010, no children's toys in the Western world will be able to contain Phthalates. However, there is nothing being done about the sex toys. It's up to consumers to be careful about what they are going to insert in their bodies. 

Alternatives

Anything that is completely silicone or glass is phthalate free.  A number of amazing companies are now producing healthy toys.  Over the coming months, we here at the Urge will be noting which adult toys are Phthalate Free.

Interesting Reading | Resources

Sustainable Kink: Willamette Week Online
When Sex Toys Turn Green: MSNBC dot Com
Naughty by Nature: Toxins in Toys: Grist
Ubiquitous Chemical Associated with Abnormal Human Reproductive Development: Scientific American
Bad Vibrations: Greenpeace
The Pollution Within: National Geographic