Condom use

Sammi Sammi
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.
08/22/2008
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Some rubber, jellies and other materials contain chemicals that can harm your body over time so they say. So just to be on the safe side we use condoms over any toys that might contain these chemicals. Their is more information on under the materials section about safety and also when you read toy reviews and on other forum posts. Second reason is if you are using something vaginaly and then anally you want to make sure it get sterile or use a condom when used anally. So you don't tranfer germs from one place to the other. Third is when you share toys because everybodys body is differnt and germs can be shared that way also. Silicone toys are a good choice.
08/22/2008
Cock Wrangler Cock Wrangler
Quote:
Originally posted by Sammi
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 ... More
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.
08/22/2008
Cock Wrangler Cock Wrangler
Sorry for the long post and secondary one, but I wanted to make sure none of this info got lost at the end of that first one...
The material safety rating on each product page is a handy guide to figuring out the health risk for each item. Remember, it's in the context of toys that lots of people use, so even the lowest rated ones are acceptable for many out there- not me, but I'm trying to be objective here.

It's really a personal decision, once you are informed about various materials. Also keep in mind that sharing can refer to multiple people using one toy, or using one toy in different areas in the same body (anally and vaginally), in discussions.
08/22/2008
Bulma Bulma
Cock Wrangler posted some really good info, but I just wanted to point out that glass and metal toys are also very safe options as they can be sterilized as well. I think using the safety rating as a guide is a good idea. It says if a material group is highly porous or not and if it should be covered with a condom. I really try to stay away from toys that get a safety rating of 5 or below, but that's a personal choice.
08/22/2008
Sammi Sammi
That's all very helpful - thanks!
08/22/2008
Essin' Em Essin' Em
Ceramics (the goldfrau) are also safe and sterilizable. Also, wood toys (like Nob Essence) should be used with a condom while sharing, but are find "au natural" if you're just using them with yourself
08/24/2008
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
*bump* This is great information on material safety I thought some of the newer reviewers would like to see.

Also - anyone have any good ideas on how to get a whole bunch of condoms for free or really cheap? Keep in mind I'm not in school so I don't have access to school funded freebies.

Get this: Our local health department gives you a box of 12 and says "Come back when you need more."
02/05/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
While I highly recommend using condoms on porous toys, I'm bad and I don't always do that. Instead, I replace my jelly toy every once in a while, something I feel I can afford to do because they're so cheap and I have so few.
02/05/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
While it may be smarter, I'm sick of hearing it. I'll use a condom if I want to and I'm certainly not going to buy them just for toy use. That is ridiculous.
02/05/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
While it may be smarter, I'm sick of hearing it. I'll use a condom if I want to and I'm certainly not going to buy them just for toy use. That is ridiculous.
I know that we're all sick of hearing it, but I always worry that a newbie will read my review and won't think to use a condom, clean their toys, etcetera if I don't mention it. So I always feel the need to mention it.
02/05/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
While it may be smarter, I'm sick of hearing it. I'll use a condom if I want to and I'm certainly not going to buy them just for toy use. That is ridiculous.
Yeah... I don't really want to do that either, but those of us with multiple partners who are using toys don't have much choice. I'm more interested in protecting me from them than the toys. At the moment, I don't have anything that can be sterilized, although that is soon going to be remedied.
02/05/2009
Dragon Dragon
This brings up an interesting question. A lot of cock rings are jelly. I've since moved on, and just bought a "Bo" actually. But a cock ring can go over a condom, but that isn't going to prevent female contact. Thoughts?

(Assuming you care about condoms at all! We don't use them...)
02/06/2009
Dragon Dragon
Quote:
Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
While it may be smarter, I'm sick of hearing it. I'll use a condom if I want to and I'm certainly not going to buy them just for toy use. That is ridiculous.
Laughing with you. I can't imagine that either. I'll buy different toys!
02/06/2009
Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
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Originally posted by Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
Yeah... I don't really want to do that either, but those of us with multiple partners who are using toys don't have much choice. I'm more interested in protecting me from them than the toys. At the moment, I don't have anything that ... More
I understand that but, then again, it's a completely different issue (multiple partners vs potentially unsafe materials).
02/06/2009
Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
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Originally posted by Adriana Ravenlust
I understand that but, then again, it's a completely different issue (multiple partners vs potentially unsafe materials).
True. I should have specified that I don't bother anymore with toys for my own personal use which are unsafe for me (like the one that specifically caused me BV repeatedly). I'm certainly not going to buy a bunch of condoms for toys I use alone - I just won't use those toys.
02/06/2009
Epiphora Epiphora
Quote:
Originally posted by Dragon
This brings up an interesting question. A lot of cock rings are jelly. I've since moved on, and just bought a "Bo" actually. But a cock ring can go over a condom, but that isn't going to prevent female contact. ... More
I don't think there's any way to protect yourself against jelly cock rings. I have always bought TPR cock rings for that reason, although they aren't too safe either.
02/06/2009
Tragemony Tragemony
Quote:
Originally posted by Dragon
This brings up an interesting question. A lot of cock rings are jelly. I've since moved on, and just bought a "Bo" actually. But a cock ring can go over a condom, but that isn't going to prevent female contact. ... More
It doesn't seem like covering said toy would be necesssary with a Jelly cock ring if you are with one partner. If you do use condoms, It would only be touching one person anyway. As for breaking down of material, it's not really a health/ safety concern because a cock ring doesn't go INSIDE anyone. Any breakage/ ripping/ damage to the ring would usually lead to it being replaced- not covered or temporarily repaired for continued use in any way.
03/12/2009
deceased deceased
They make stainless steel, silicone, and stone cock rings. I've seen really lovely jade cock rings too.
06/07/2009
deceased deceased
I do buy condoms just for my toys,even silicone. I may want to switch from vaginal to anal, and even after a good washing I am still a germ paranoid.
I also like the way condoms feel. Especially one lubed on top of another, it feels more like skin, and it allows me to use silicone lubes safely on silicone toys.
07/13/2009
iLashe iLashe
Quote:
Originally posted by Not Here Anymore f/k/a Happy Lady
*bump* This is great information on material safety I thought some of the newer reviewers would like to see.

Also - anyone have any good ideas on how to get a whole bunch of condoms for free or really cheap? Keep in mind I'm not in school ... More
Planned Parenthood has a box of free condoms always sitting out, they appreciate donations of course. They might do something for ordering them if you check their website or call a center near you. I stop in and get condoms for sex toys all the time. They're decent condoms for toys, I have had a few snap when with a partner, though, who was average to larger. Condom breakage has happened with many types of condoms though.
@ Misha's Amusements, two condoms sounds sort of fun feeling, I'll have to try that.
08/20/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I refuse to use a condom on any of my toys - even porous ones, but that's my choice.
08/20/2011
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