The safest sex used to be with yourself. After all, any STD you catch is most likely to be one you already have. According to Greenpeace, though, you might be in danger of picking something up even when you’re enjoying your single-serve pudding cup all alone.
Some of the squishier jelly vibes are made using phthalates, free roaming chemicals that keep the plastic squishy but which could detach from the device completely, ending up . . . well, wherever you happen to be sticking it at the time. The question of course is how dangerous these little fellows really are.
While they do cause cancer in rats, they haven’t been conclusively shown to cause problems in adult humans at modest rates of use. Because they may be considered a danger to children, these chemicals have been banned from toys such as teething rings, but they remain in a number of sex toys even though there might be an issue with continued use and buildup of the chemical in the body. Long-term studies will be able to better show how these chemicals might affect us.
In the meantime, better use a condom — even when you’re by yourself.
(Sorry for the lack of citations and the possible rambling — I’m home with a mildly broken back and in desperate need of a chiropractor.)