Allergies and reactions to toxic chemicals and materials can make life an unpleasant chore. Normally we find out the hard way about our body’s reactions to these through trial and error. Even after a rash appears on our skin, or we suffer from other unpleasant side effects, we still have to find the actual cause. Finding out these causes can take ages, through a process of self education and research as well as medical tests. There are also some medical conditions which are influenced by toxic chemicals that we may be unaware of their influences right away. Such as the effects some chemicals can have on hormones, which may be a major contributor to illnesses such as cancer, infertility, sexual dysfunctions, and other ailments. Many of us don’t think about a pleasure object inducing these kinds of reactions, and when we unfortunately do put two-and-two together, it can be embarrassing for us to confront our doctors about the crisis at hand.
You’re probably wondering why harmful elements are used within the manufacturing of sex toys, particularly when they can cause problems to the way we respond, react, and enjoy sexual pleasure. The reason is because these chemicals make mass production cheaper and quicker. Generally the use of safer materials and chemical is costly, but also even when the product designer has told a manufacture that they wish to opt for superior quality, sometimes the manufacture will still uses these cheaper methods as a way of cutting costs and making more money for their factory.
There are no regulations which can prevent this from happening currently. Yes, there are some companies who will go and check-up on the factories their products are produced in, but sadly not all of these people doing this job, have the correct knowledge about chemicals and materials, to be able to pick-up on all the manufacturing negativism.
That’s why companies like Dildology are great, because they are able to test sex toys, via official testing labs. The problem is that Dildology is a non-profit organisation, and to perform these tests, can be very costly. To afford these tests, the company relies on donations, from people like you and me.
I fully support this organisation, and have a lot of past experiences with toxic and harmful sex toys, which haven’t been very pleasant. When I first started using sex toys in my teens, I didn’t know about harmful materials, and was very unaware that some materials would also cause me to suffer allergic reactions. All my life I’ve suffered from a latex allergy, and even during sex education, no one told me that condoms would cause my body to react, just like some everyday items which contained latex. So when I first became involved with someone seriously, and we were having a lot of regular sex, it took me awhile to work-out that the pain I was feeling was due to the condoms themselves. It didn’t make sex a very pleasurable experience at first. Years past and I started collecting more sex toys, and I stupidly made the same mistake, and purchased products which contained latex in them. Once figuring this out, I started to explore more materials, and researched more into latex allergies and sexual pleasures. I found out that in certain cases, particularly with porous materials, that if latex-free products had been made in moulds which had previously produce latex products too, that it could even mean that this supposedly latex-free product may actually contain latex now too as it’s a contact allergy. While this is rather rare, it’s another area within the industry which needs more regulations – allergies aren’t pleasant and can be deadly.
I then started to get into sex toy testing, on average I was testing about 3-5 new products a week, often using each one several times a day. When I started testing toys, there wasn’t much information about toxic chemicals, so for the first year I tested many products containing chemicals such as phthalates. Phthalates really do mess-up your hormones. I wish I had known, as over the years since I started testing, I have had a lot of problems with my hormones. I can’t guarantee that it’s due to using these products, but after researching information on phthalates and comparing my hormonal tests to them, I have found that the reduction in my hormones is very similar to the reduction in fertility hormonal found within rats and mice who had been exposed to a large quantity of phthalates. It’s a bit of an insane theory really, saying that a sex toy has made me very infertile at such a young age, but even after chatting with doctors about it they too think it could be a factor. There’s just no way of telling, because before I started to suffer from various fertility and menstruation problems, I didn’t have many extensive hormone tests carried out. So there’s just no real way to find-out the truth now, sadly. I no longer use products with phthalates or other toxic chemicals now.
The UK government is aware about phthalates and other toxic chemicals too. There are hundreds of articles on Defra, and other official websites, offering mixed views and research. Some suggesting that these products are classed as toxic waste, others highlighting cancer research, information on the effects they have on asthma, and even environmental records. Many of these chemicals and materials do not biodegradable, but they also leach out into the air and into our water supply. This means that these toxic chemicals also become introduced into our food chain, from fish, certain vegetables, and even milk. While we can’t really avoid these chemicals now, we can at least cut down the environmental impact they have on the world, and hopefully as they are used less there will be less negative effects on the world in the long run.
Dildology is an invaluable organisation, in not only in protecting our body’s, but also hopefully as they spread awareness and information, their cause should also have a positive effect on our environment.
- accept monetary donations.
- accept product donations from third-party retail stores and wholesalers.
- purchase products from third-party retail stores.
- choose products to test based on community feedback.
- send products to accredited labs for testing.
- compare the material composition of products to the manufacturers’ claims.
- share the results of lab tests with manufacturers.
- record the results of the lab tests in our wiki.
- make our wiki available to the public.
- provide other educational resources to the public.
We will not:
- accept product donations directly from manufacturers.
- test second-hand products – only those acquired directly from retail stores and wholesalers.
- test any product manufactured more than one year ago.
- publish opinions about products or manufacturers – only facts.
- falsify data, for any reason.
- suppress or fail to publish the results of any test.
You can donate to Dildology here.
Each donation helps fund their testing process, and as a reward for your support, there are various perks and gifts you can receive if they manage to fulfill their goal.
Each product they send for testing they will list publicly, here. Currently they have only tested one product, but I’m certain the list will continue to grow.
You can find out more about their mission here – it’s really worth a read.
Also check out their amazing team, here.
Support them via Off Beatr too, here.
Check-out who else is blogging about the fundraiser here.