Is It Safe To Masturbate With An Item That Isn’t A Sex Toy?

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 by Heather, gurl.com

Hi Heather,

I started masturbating a while ago, and I feel like I want to use something other than just my fingers. The only thing is that I don’t have money to buy a dildo or anything like that. I heard that some girls use things like vegetables or hairbrushes or toothbrushes. I want to try it but I’m kind of scared. Is it safe to masturbate with things that aren’t sex toys?

It’s great that you’ve been experimenting with masturbation… and it’s also great that you’ve clearly been reading Gurl.com, because we have a post on girls talking about using random objects to masturbate. That said, you have to be careful about what you stick up there. Your vagina is a delicate flower (sorry for that choice of words), and it can easily become infected with icky bacteria that will bother you. You can’t just put anything up there.

Is there a huge difference between the clean handle of a hairbrush and a dildo that’s about the same shape? I decided to consult with my doctor friend who has all the answers to everything about vaginas, Dr. Flo (Dr. Sherry Ross) from HelloFlo (a monthly period care package you need to check out). Can you put random household items up your vag to have an orgasm? Let’s find out once and for all:

Dr. Flo says: “I am all for masturbation and using sex toys. With that said, I would recommend the objects you insert inside your vagina be made for the vagina. Sex toys such as dildos and vibrators are made to go into the vagina, so they are free of toxic chemicals like vinyl and jelly rubber. Other various household items such as a hairbrush, toothbrush, cucumber, rubber bouncy ball, or other creative objects can be dangerous to use. Even though things lying around the house are creative and handy choices, they carry unwanted bacteria causing unnecessary infections in the vagina. Trauma to your lady parts including the vagina, labia (lips) or clitoris are more likely when using objects not meant to be used inside the vagina.”

In others words, no, it’s not safe to masturbate with items that aren’t sex toys. Even if your hairbrush looks just like that dildo you saw online, it’s made with different materials that could be harmful to your body – even if you washed it! Vegetables like cucumbers, eggplants, and zucchinis are funny to think of as sex toys in a pinch, but you have no idea what chemicals were used on them.

If you want to use something other than your fingers to masturbate, your best bet is to buy a sex toy like a dildo or a vibrator. You can do that in a sex shop or you can order it online. If this isn’t possible, stick with your fingers until you can find something better.

Oh, and if you do get a sex toy? Don’t forget to take care of those as well. Dr. Flo says “always wash your sex toys with warm water and soap before and after using them to prevent infection.” Just because they’re made for the vagina doesn’t mean they’re constantly clean!

take care,
Heather

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