That goes for phthalates-containing sex toy exposure, as well. There isn’t enough data because few studies exist. According to About.com, a recent Danish Environmental Protection Agency report said that using sex toys containing phthalates for one hour a day or less poses no health risks, unless you are pregnant or nursing.
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Phthalates, a family of chemical rubber softeners used in many sex toys, are unsafe for intimate contact. The FDA cites phthalates as a probable human carcinogen but there is no legislation ...
Why You Should Avoid Sex Toys That Contain Phthalates Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) are considered toxic plasticizers that are used to soften PVC vinyls used to make some sex toys.
Phthalates can also be found in children’s toys, as well as adult toys. On behalf of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, the Danish Technological Institute made inquiries about consumption patterns to see what kind of exposure one might get based on worst case scenarios.
The Canadian Cancer Society has a list of items where exposure to phthalates is likely. Adult toys are not listed, but considering that sucking on or chewing toys can cause phthalates to leach out...
Dubbed as a “human carcinogen”, phthalates rank first in many lists of most toxic materials that may end up in a sex toy. Manufacturers mainly used phthalates in softening PVC, rubber, and different kinds of plastics.
There are possible (though not conclusive) associations between phthalate exposure and adverse child neurodevelopment, including the development of ADHD and autistic behaviors and lower cognitive and motor development.
Phthalates aren’t always included on labels, especially with personal care products and vinyl or plastic toys. When they are identified, it’s usually with an acronym like DHEP or DiBP.
Many are the mechanisms underlying the association between phthalates and developmental neurotoxicity. It is still not clear in which way pre- and neonatal exposure to phthalates affects their health later in life. First of all, phthalate exposure may affect children’s health by causing oxidative stress.