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So I see a lot of reviews that say you should use a condom over a toy. If you aren't sharing them with anyone, is this necessary?I typically buy silicone, but I have thought about other materials. I don't want to have to go buy condoms to
So I see a lot of reviews that say you should use a condom over a toy. If you aren't sharing them with anyone, is this necessary?I typically buy silicone, but I have thought about other materials. I don't want to have to go buy condoms to use on a toy if it really isn't necessary, and I don't want to buy toys that require their use.
Here's the rundown:
Pure silicone: no condom necessary ever, unless you want to switch partners or orifices in one session and use for safety reasons. Can sterilize.
TPR/TPE/Elastomer: porous composite materials WITHOUT phthalates. The presence of silicone in any of these toys does not make it safer than others, so don’t be fooled. For personal use, washing well with soap and water should suffice, though condom should ALWAYS be used if using toy both anally and vaginally.
Rubber: gets its own category, since I notice that most rubber toys do are not listed as phthalates-free. Given that, condom use is a good idea. Rubber also has a very strong smell, so often covering with a condom is a way to prevent that smell from lingering on your body.
Cyberskin/Skin-like/Je lly/PVC/Gel-like: All these toys (and there are a lot of them) are cheap- don’t be fooled into thinking they’re worth it. They are softer, highly porous, and usually contain phthalates. Skin-like toys are supposed to be washed, then dusted with cornstarch for storage to retain the soft texture, so there’s always that residue on them. Jelly, PVC, etc., toys usually have quite a chemical stink to them (IMO) that will lessen with washing but never totally go away. That alone convinces me to use a condom over one. These toys are so prone to absorption and holding bacteria that I would say ALWAYS use a condom, even if only for personal vaginal use.