Are Silicone Sex Toys Safe?

With the sex toy industry being unregulated, there are a few ‘bad actors’ that are ruining it for the rest of us. Cutting costs by using cheaper, unsafe material for more profits. Putting you and your body at risk.

However, there are some great materials to look for, and many trusted adult toy stores looking to only provide sex toys made from body-safe materials.

Silicone sex toys are one of the safest options for the human body to choose from when shopping for sex toys.

Silicone toys are non-porous and don’t end up storing nasty bacteria that you can’t see. Meaning they are great for long term use providing that they are regularly cleaned and kept hygienic.

Silicone Sex Toys

Is Standard Silicone Okay? – Or Do I need Medical-Grade Silicone?

Most reputable brands will use medical-grade silicone as their sex toy material. You may see some talk about food-grade silicone, however this is a bit irrelevant because generally you aren’t going to be cooking with your sex toy (Maybe?…) Food grade silicone basically means that it won’t transfer chemicals from the material into any food during cooking. 

Medical-grade is a great option because they come with all the safety standards that are used in hospitals so they are perfectly safe for you to use internally and externally.

Generally the quality of these toys is much more enjoyable because the material is softer and has a ‘fleshy’ texture that bounces in a natural way and feels like the human body or like skin. Perfect for extra stimulation.

What Types of Sex Toys Use Body-Safe Silicone?

Body-safe silicone is very common and used in a wide variety of sex toys including dildos, vibrators, cock rings, masturbators, sex dolls, fake vaginas and more. 

Is Silicone Lube Safe To Use?

Silicone Lube - Is it Safe?

Generally speaking, silicone lubricants are perfectly safe to use and because silicone is hypoallergenic, it can be an excellent option for people with sensitive skin.

Is Silicone Lube Safe For Silicone Toys?

The most ideal type of lubes for silicone sex toys is water-based lubes. While there has been some debate and confusion around the topic of using silicone lube for silicone sex toys, it should be safe to use.

There is a common myth that it will damage or ruin your sex toys, however this has been tested by multiple sex experts and sex educators and it shouldn’t be much of a concern. Kate Scalisi from Blood and Milk wrote an excellent article that breaks down the whole topic on using silicone lube with silicone sex toys.

The worst that can happen is your toy may swell up slightly but the difference is minimal and after extensive time engulfed in silicone lube. 

Body-Safe Silicone: Should I Buy Silicone Products?

Personally, I would say you should definitely give it a try if you have never used one before. They feel amazing and there is just such a wide range out there that you can’t really go wrong with silicone sex toys. 

Be sure to also look at experimenting with other body-safe sex toy materials such as stainless steel, metal, glass sex toys, and other non-porous materials that are safe as sexual health products. 

Be Sure To Use Reputable Sources & Reliable Sex Toy Manufacturers

As always, make sure you shop for safe toy companies and avoid ones that may be harmful such as any type of jelly toy or jelly rubber toys, porous materials, PVC and others that contain hazardous materials. A handy trick is to avoid using anything with a strong smell, and if you are unsure always use a condom. 

You don’t want to develop any health conditions, allergic reactions, or a bacterial infection. Also make sure to invest in sex toy cleaners, or keep them fresh and clean. 

Vivian Green
Vivian Green

Vivian Green (She / Her) Vivian is a sexologist, sex educator and advocate for self-care. Her career has involved being a marriage counselor, couples therapist and intimacy specialist.

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