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Oh man, I though I had it tough!
You are wise to avoid the less safe product materials with your history. Interestingly enough, I have done very well the the TPR toys I have tried, so go figure! I can make some recommendations for you, if you want. If you use a sex toy cleaner, or an antibacterial product, make sure to leave it on the surface to work for about 2 minutes, no less, otherwise it doesn't do anything more for you than soap & water. I also recommend washing away all residue of the toy cleaner, if you use one, because even traces of them, or of wipes, can cause irritation.
I highly recommend the cranberry capsules you can buy over the counter, (I would be happy to give you the name of what I use every day). Taking them everyday will provide a barrier in your bladder preventing any of the bad from growing! But, the effect only lasts as long as the fruit acids, (proanthocyanidins), are replenished regularly, so best results are from taking it every day! I have toyed with them, on & off, thinking I knew better & let me just say, I will never be without them, ever again, it's just not worth it.
I should mention, as long as I don't use toys other then glass& don't have any procedures or have lubes applied there, I never get an infection or irritation. It's definitely the physical trauma &/or the topical products causing the problem. I recently discovered a very popular ingredient in lubes, Propylene glycol, (AKA propanediol - they are trying to hide it on labels now, by calling it by it's other chemical name & stating it's all natural, yeah well, so is poison ivy , right?), is a huge irritant for me. It's in most lubes & even cutting that out, I still have minor problems. I'm going to try organic coconut oil next, (it is antibacterial & anti-fungal & has been used all over the world as a sex lube). I do okay with silicone lubes, I just can't safely use them on my silicone toys. I have tried it, but I'm afraid to ruin an expensive investment.
Make sure you aren't developing an allergy to latex! That's how I started & why I never was able to use toys back in the day.