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Subject: Phthalates



QUESTION:

I recently purchased a vibrator. I then went online and did a little research and found a site that was warning people about this chemical DIOCTYLPHTHALATE that was used in the making of this toy. Is there any reality to their claim?

REPLY:

The information you read is referring to 'phthalates', chemicals used to soften hard plastics. They are frequently found in sex toys, and many other products. Because phthalates have been shown to cause cancer in rats, these chemicals have been banned from children's toys, notably soothers. This is still being researched. In those studies the rats were exposed to large doses for long periods, directly into the blood stream, and this is not the scenario in vibrator use. But it does tell you there is something there we don't completely understand. You can avoid phthalates by using hard plastic toys, or toys that are 100% silicone.

- KT

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