When I first began collecting sex toys, I thought I was being smart by only purchasing the cheapest items on amazon. This was great for my wallet at the time, but it did some terrible things to my health.
As it turns out, over ninety percent of the toys I bought were made of jelly or another toxic material. That year, through earlyI developed extreme headaches, nausea, lower back pain, and severe discomfort when urinating. This was unbearable when experienced on top of my pre-existing PGAD and chronic pelvic pain.
I spent most of my time and money at urgent care, where they dismissed me as just imagining the symptoms, and told me to check with my PCP if the pain persisted. My regular doctor was unavailable at the time, and the pain just kept getting worse.
As it turns out, I had a urinary tract infection that had spread to my kidneys. I was also suffering from what seemed to be an extreme allergic reaction in my vaginal walls that the doctors mistakenly suspected to be from using latex condoms.
I like to think of myself as an extremely hygienic person, I am not prone to UTIs either, and I am certainly not allergic to latex or any spermicides. Nearly all of my sex toys were porous meaning they had microscopic holes all over that could trap bacteria, viruses, fungus, etc.
There is no way to properly sanitize a porous toy. Even washing them really good with soap and water only removes the bacteria from the surface.
The residual bacteria inside the pores are what caused my UTI s and cost me several trips to the doctors. Another thing I learned during my studies is that there is little to no government regulation on what sex toys can be composed of. Many contain harmful chemicals called phthalates which are used to make jelly and PVC toys squishy. Unfortunately for me, phthalates are not body safe and can cause chemical burns.
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This was extremely distressing news to me, as I had spent hundreds of dollars on a collection of sex toys that were harmful to my body. At first, I was not sure what to do.
I started using condoms with my jelly toys, and I guess that was a little safer. However, I eventually realized the noxious odor of the toxic toys in my house was causing me to have migraines. I eventually gave up on my collection. I trashed half of my sex toys and sold the other half to a strange man in his mid thirties via Craigslist.
It was a weird drug deal kind of scene, except the drugs were dildos and butt plugs. All he knew was that I was STD free and that was good enough for him. At the time, I was not really concerned for his safety.
He was willing to buy used sex toys from a stranger after all. I would not understand the problems with victim blaming until years later. It was one of the worst break-ups I have ever had. With only the We-vibe 2 and a couple of cheap plastic vibes to keep me company, my heart sank and I quickly became very depressed. I resorted to less-conventional methods of masturbation.
Then I joined twitter. The rest is, as they say, history.