Lollie Answers: Burning Sensation From My Sex Toy

January 16, 2013 2 min read

Ell Asks:

How do get the burning to subside after using toy?

Dear Ell:

First of all, I would like to suggest a few reasons you might be getting this burning sensation. The main one that springs to mind is that you are using a toy with toxic chemicals in it. Unfortunately, the sex toy industry is not exactly regulated by the FDA (as the toys are labeled as “novelty only”), and as a result, many toys are released into stores with harmful chemicals in them (chemicals that are even banned from children’s toys!). These chemicals are known as phthalates. A good way to tell if your toy has phthalates in it is to smell it. If it has a strong smell to it, usually very synthetic and, well, chemically, it probably has phthalates. These chemicals are known to cause a burning sensation to toy users. Try investing in a new toy, one made of phthalate-free materials such as 100% silicone, medical grade hard plastic, or high-quality elastomer. These materials are much easier to take care of and should not leave you with a burning feeling. Note- as a store policy, we do not carry any products that contain phthalates at Pure Pleasure ;)

Another reason you may be experiencing this sensation is the lube that you are using. Everyone reacts differently to the chemicals in different lubes, and so you may want to explore different brands and/or types of lubricants. Silicone lubes, such as Uberlube, are generally good lubes for chemically sensitive people, as the silicone does not absorb into your skin. The only thing to consider is that you cannot use a silicone lube on a silicone toy (the friction will break down the outer layer of your toy). Also, YES, is also a great option, and it comes in both a water-based and an oil-based version (but be warned: oil-based lubes are NOT condom safe!).  YES is very body-friendly, and is organic AND hypoallergenic, too!

If you've already tried these options and the burning persists, you may want to consult your doctor to make sure there isn't something else going on with your body. Good luck!

About Lollie: Lollie is a Pure Pleasure employee and educator, kink advocate, and a redhead with a personality to match.

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