Well-made toys are smooth and unbreakable. Below are some health and safety recommendations to bear in mind when buying and using sex toys.
- Make sure your sex toys are designed for the purpose needed. A mini vibrator without a base can be pulled inside when used as an anal toy, and can require removal by a medical professional
- Items that you might use solely to rub outside the genitals might be too scratchy and cause irritability .
Cleaning sex toys
- Toys can be cleaned with mild soap and warm (not hot!) water or products made specifically for sex toys such as the Foaming Toy Cleaner or Lelo Premium Toy Cleaning Spray
- Silicone toys can be boiled or put in the dishwasher as long as there are no electrical components
- Always ensure toys are thoroughly cleaned as leftover residue can cause irritability
- Never submerge a battery-operated toy or an electric non-waterproof vibrator in water
Sharing sex toys
- It’s unlikely there will be additional risks when sharing non-insertion toys if the couple is monogamous
- Insertion toys should always be cleaned thoroughly before your partner uses them
- It isn’t recommended to share toys with friends as STDs can still be transmitted if the toys aren’t cleaned properly
Specific advice for women
- When using toys, don’t go back and forth between anal and vaginal/anal play without cleaning the toy thoroughly
As well as making the post-coital clean up simple, condoms prevent against STIs, pregnancy and with the wide range available, there are condoms to meet everyone’s needs. Check out our range of condoms here.
See our list below for facts!
- If a condom is used correctly, they are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy
- The first TV advert for condoms was in 1975 by Trojan
- Condoms are the ONLY method of contraception that prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections at the same time
- Condoms are ready lubricated to make sex more pleasurable – take a look at the Durex Intense Ribbed and Dotted Condoms – these are lubricated with a simulating gel that increases sensitivity while bringing warming, cooling or tingling sensations!
- In the UK 160 million condoms are purchased every year
- Thinner condoms are great for those concerned about ruining their erection, such as Wingman Condoms Almost Without
- The average penis is about 2.5-4 inches in length when limp, and 5-7 inches when erect. If condoms feel too tight, you should consider buying larger sizes like Trojan Magnum XL Condoms
- If a condom feels too baggy, or rolls down during sex, get yourself something snugger
- Skins Assorted Flavoured Condoms are not part of your 5-a-day, but they come close!
- Anal sex and extra-safe condoms go together like a hand in a glove Durex Extra Safe Condoms are slightly thicker for added protection, and they are extra-lubricated
- Condoms became popular in the 18th century but were only available for the middle and upper classes who could afford them
There are lots of different shapes, sizes, colours, textures and flavours – enjoy finding the right one for you!