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    Sex Toys
    Karen Luster, MD posted:
    Don't forget to wash and store your toys properly. Remember bacteria and yeast live in the vagina and bacteria lives in the anus so you want to make sure it is cleaned and stored properly. This reduces irritation and any spread of potential infection.

    Most toys that are made for sex can be cleaned easily and safely with soap and warm water. The material also tends to be made to reduce or prohibit growth of bacteria and yeast.
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    LoveMyGuy responded:
    Thanks Karen, for reminding us toy lovers about proper hygiene. I also add a drop or two of bleach to some warm water and soak them for a minute oir two, just to be sure, epecially with toys we use anally...just be careful to test them in a small area first so as not to ruin an expensive favorite...

    Good advice Karen, and thanks again!

    hot_jujulu responded:
    Cleaning regularly is only half the battle. If you're even a "sometimes" toy user, taking the time to educate yourself a little about the material(s) your sex toys are made from is the other half, (and frankly the much more important half)!

    To keep this short and easy, follow these rules for buying, using and assessing sex toys:
    • The sex toy industry is NOT REGULATED, do not trust statements on pkg, they haven't been verified
    • Cheaper the price, higher the risk that it's unsafe
    • Pliable/bendable toys usually contain chemicals know to cause cancer and have been outlawed for use in other imported goods
    • Toys have a BEST IF USED BY date in which the integrity brakes down and becomes more porous and susceptible to bacteria
    • When in doubt, use a condom, protects you no matter what the material or condition
    Stay safe by staying informed. There is no excuse for ignorance when you're considering putting a deadly object inside you or you into it.

    A simple search of keywords (sex toys made of), is all it takes to turn up thousands of related sights, so here is a link of Google's first result.

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