Are anal toys dangerous?

B8trDude B8trDude
After reading a thread on the Tantus Cowboy and a review on the same toy by Research, I was wondering if these toys are dangerous (really). I would think that they could be very dangerous for someone with a fairly common disorder such as diverticulitis.

Do you think they are?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, they are dangerous.
1  (1%)
No, they are not dangerous.
115  (77%)
I don't know.
34  (23%)
Total votes: 150
Poll is closed
09/02/2011
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potstickers potstickers
If you have some sort of colon problem, it's probably not recommended you go sticking things in there. It's just common sense.

If you listen to your body and pay attention to even the slightest amount of pain, it can be safe. It's the same advice you get for anything. Chopping vegetables is dangerous. Using a vending machine is dangerous (those things kill!). Just exercise caution.
09/02/2011
Research Research
Like the old saying "Guns don't kill people, Apes with guns kill people" (or something like that), I think it's not so much that the toy is dangerous, but that the toy could be used in a dangerous way by the user. People shouldn't attempt serious anal play without knowing proper safety procedures or without knowing their own body and limits.
09/02/2011
Peggi Peggi
I agree, it isn't so much the toy, it's whether or not you use it properly, and have some sort of a condition with your colon, where you shouldn't be using toys there in the first place.
09/02/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
I don't think anal toys are inherently dangerous, but a very long, or very girthy anal toy requires a lot of care (and lube) in order to be used safely and pleasurably. It's not something to go into unprepared, and you should know your body and it's limits before attempting their use. Also, if you have colon issues, I would definitely not use a toy that goes that deep, just as if you had hemorrhoids, I'd probably not advise anal play at all, so as not to irritate the area. The first and foremost thing is safety, and knowing your own body and its limits. Not everything is for everyone.
09/03/2011
kendra30752 kendra30752
I've never done anything anal, but I have dealt with issues that are somehwhat similar in symptoms to diverticulitis. Not fun! For anyone though, I'd say without very extra care, experience and proper knowledge they can be dangerous. I'm too scared and just don't like the idea of anal anything, but that's just me. I wish I could be of more help, but as long as you know the basics and ONLY do what is comfortable to you and if there are problems or pain that happen do stop, then I say you'd probably be fine.
09/03/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Like with most things, it is all about being in tune with your body. 'Listening' to your anus, rectum and Sigmoid colon while using the toy is the best way to play it safe. Plus with a toy like the Cowboy you are not thrusting that 16" of silicone in and out of your ass, it is a slow process.

A healthy diet/healthy living also play a big roll, like the link you provided states "No one knows exactly what causes the sacs, or pouches of diverticulosis to form. Eating a low-fiber diet is one of the most likely causes."

I can say first hand that my exploration into the world of anal play has made my intestinal tract a better working machine. I rarely have constipation or diarrhea and things are much easier than they were before.
09/03/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Most anal toys are much smaller and less girthy than the Cowboy. Sixteen inches long is a huge anal toy. Someone would have to train and move up from smaller toys to use this, (as Research has done) and if bleeding or pain happened, back off on the anal play.

Most toys don't go past the rectum area and some people only like to play with the very opening of the anus and never go near the sigmoid colon.

I think knowing your body and, if you have a condition like diverticulitis or diverticulosis you should talk to a doctor for treatment, and if you trust him mention your interest in playing with anal toys. Your best suggestion is to follow the clues your body leaves you.

Bleeding and pain mean something is WRONG. Which is one of the reasons I hate anal numbing cremes, if it hurts and you can't feel it, you may injure yourself and not know until later. If there is pain and/ or bleeding STOP what you are doing, assess the situation and step down a size and give your body time to heal. Some people will simply never be able to use large anal toys and many choose not to.

Caveat Emptor. (It means "Buyer beware" in Latin.)
09/03/2011
I'll Miss You EF :( I'll Miss You EF :(
Quote:
Originally posted by potstickers
If you have some sort of colon problem, it's probably not recommended you go sticking things in there. It's just common sense.

If you listen to your body and pay attention to even the slightest amount of pain, it can be safe. It's ... More
100% agree!
09/03/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Research
Like the old saying "Guns don't kill people, Apes with guns kill people" (or something like that), I think it's not so much that the toy is dangerous, but that the toy could be used in a dangerous way by the user. People ... More
I'm with Research, and most of the voices in this thread.

You won't hurt yourself if you have good working definitions of 'yourself' and 'hurt.'
09/03/2011
emiliaa emiliaa
I think so long as you do plenty of research and use common sense you will be okay.
09/03/2011
Research Research
Quote:
Originally posted by emiliaa
I think so long as you do plenty of research and use common sense you will be okay.
I agree with this statement. Let's all do plenty of Research.
09/03/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Research
I agree with this statement. Let's all do plenty of Research.
Orgy at Research's house.
09/03/2011
indiglo indiglo
LOL I can't beat the puns going on in here, but I can agree. Anal play with toys is not inherently dangerous, unless you do something crazy.
09/03/2011
Rossie Rossie
Anal toys are not dangerous, but if a person does have some kind of condition in that department, then he/she should not use anal toys until the problem is fixed.
09/03/2011
babyrock babyrock
If you pay attention to what your body tells you, you will know when you're on the edge of getting hurt; just stop when that happens..
09/05/2011
Kate Kate
no but you have to listen to your body and take your time, obviously you're not going to want to rush with something like this
09/06/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
Anything can be dangerous. Just have to be careful about what you are doing.
09/06/2011
ichwillwaffels ichwillwaffels
Quote:
Originally posted by B8trDude
After reading a thread on the Tantus Cowboy and a review on the same toy by Research, I was wondering if these toys are dangerous (really). I would think that they could be very dangerous for someone with a fairly common disorder such as ... More
I know that since I have certain stomach conditions and digestion problems i could probably hurt myself, but i probably wouldnt do any serious damage. i would imagine that someone with a more serious condition could do some hardcore damage.
09/07/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
Most anal toys are much smaller and less girthy than the Cowboy. Sixteen inches long is a huge anal toy. Someone would have to train and move up from smaller toys to use this, (as Research has done) and if bleeding or pain happened, back off on the ... More
I agree with P'Gell as usual.
09/07/2011
oldman oldman
Quote:
Originally posted by B8trDude
After reading a thread on the Tantus Cowboy and a review on the same toy by Research, I was wondering if these toys are dangerous (really). I would think that they could be very dangerous for someone with a fairly common disorder such as ... More
I have mixed opinions on this but really don't know.
09/13/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
Most anal toys are much smaller and less girthy than the Cowboy. Sixteen inches long is a huge anal toy. Someone would have to train and move up from smaller toys to use this, (as Research has done) and if bleeding or pain happened, back off on the ... More
Hear hear!
09/14/2011
ScottA ScottA
The Cowboy is big, but it's also very well rounded and soft. I think that as long as you lube up (put some inside!), go slow and careful, and pay attention to your body you'd be OK, but I'd only recommend the big toys for advanced people. You can have plenty of fun with a toy that just penetrates the rectum.

As always, checking with a doctor (an informed doctor is best, otherwise they'll just issue a blanket "don't do that") is a good idea.
09/14/2011
Pegaholics Pegaholics
I think common sense plays a huge role in whether or not anal toys are dangerous.
09/15/2011
Dr Anal Dr Anal
Anal sex is not dangerous if you know what you are doing and just make sure you are being safe
09/17/2011
Jenni Shelton Jenni Shelton
UNNO, BUT I WOULD LOVE TOO KNOW!
09/24/2011
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I think SOME anal toys are definitely dangerous... i.e. the ones without a sufficiently wide base to prevent the toy from slipping into the rectum. I've been surprised to see several "anal" (as advertised) toys even here on EF that lack a proper base. Even some accounts of the toys getting "lost" in the rectum..yet the toys remain for sale. I would say, like anything else, BUYER BEWARE is the rule to keep in mind. The same thing goes for hard materials and thick/long toys.. You have to be aware of your limit, and not push too far past it because otherwise injury can result. P'Gell has it right about numbing lubes--not a good thing. Anal can be quite intense, but should never be painful. I do think people with colon issues should probably not be using anal toys or trying anal sex.
11/28/2011
Kendrir Kendrir
Most toys that I have seen and used looks pretty darn safe.
11/28/2011
Clandestine Clandestine
Anal toys themselves, if they are made to be body-safe in terms of design and material, are not dangerous. A lack of judgment when it comes to your own limitations is, on the other hand.

The most dangerous things to be used as anal toys are things with rough seams/edges/surfaces, things without a flared base and things that just aren't meant to be used anally (such as vegetables). Material safety is also important, especially when it comes to phthalates.

In any case, anal play should be pain-free, enjoyable and done at a safe pace. Someone not used to anal play needs to start with the bare minimum of insertion sizes, such as fingers or very small toys. One can always work their way up, and should never proceed to a larger object unless they are completely comfortable with the current size they use. Stop if you feel pain; if you are hurting, you are moving too fast or doing something wrong (or possibly using a toy/lube that doesn't agree with you).

Speaking of lube, remember to use it. Plenty of it. It is important.

Ramble over. Sorry for not being very concise about it all.
11/30/2011
MagicKitty MagicKitty
Quote:
Originally posted by B8trDude
After reading a thread on the Tantus Cowboy and a review on the same toy by Research, I was wondering if these toys are dangerous (really). I would think that they could be very dangerous for someone with a fairly common disorder such as ... More
No, I don't think so. They could hurt if they are too big/ you aren't used to the size, but I don't think it will make you bleed. If you don't clean your toys, bacteria and what not could cause problems, but that's not the toy's fault
11/30/2011
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