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Know Your Materials; What are Phthalates?

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Posted July 14, 2014 by Kimani in Le Vadge Shop

Sometimes in the midst of shopping, we forget to pay attention to what we’re buying. Choosing a good quality toy is no different. Whether it cost $10 or $100, we all need to be aware of the ingredients and materials in the intimacy items, body care and adult toys that we buy. Today, we’re talking about that word you’re not sure on pronouncing; “pthalates.”

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What Are Pthalates? 

Pronounced “thalates,” they are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase flexibility in plastic and vinyl.

“Phthalates are also used in wood finishes, detergents, adhesives, plastic plumbing pipes, lubricants, medical tubing and fluid bags, solvents, insecticides, medical devices, building materials, and vinyl flooring.”

You can find pthalates in quite a few body care items on store shelves today, many of which are household staples that we all love.

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What’s Wrong With Pthalates? 

For now, the verdict is still out on the effects from exposure to low levels of pthalates as the answer is still not fully known. Some pthalates in lab studies have affected the reproductive systems of laboratory animals. We’re talking about sex toys here, who really wants problems with his/her reproductive system? I’ve also read that it may be linked to birth defects  in children. While minimal amounts may not be harmful, It’s definitely cause for concern.

What can I do? 

While shopping, check the label or product description and make sure it says “pthalate free.” This ensures that you are keeping yourself well informed and safe. As a consumer, you have the buying power to chose what’s in your best health interest, choosing sex toys is no different.

Resources: 

http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/radiation-chemicals-and-breast-cancer/phthalates.html

http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=24

http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/phthalates_factsheet.html




About the Author

Kimani

A NY transplant in Florida, Kimani has taken on the task of educating the world on sexual health and education. The Mount Vernon native has seen AIDS and HIV spread through her community like wildfire, and hopes to cease the transmission of these and other diseases one person at a time. If you know better, you're inclined to do better.

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