Ask A Gynecologist: Can You Contract An STD From A Sex Toy?

Dr. Shepherd's answer may surprise you. Let's talk about sex toy safety!

Finally, we're bringing you very public answers to some of your most private questions. When sexual and vaginal health concerns arise, OB/GYN and nationally known women's health expert Dr. Jessica Shepherd wants to ensure you have the answers you need to feel at ease. As the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women's health forum, she uses this outlet to focus on addressing taboo topics in a comfortable setting. Prepare to take notes!

Q: What are the dangers of not cleaning your sex toys properly?

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A: The biggest safety issue with using sex toys is one, if there's any allergy, to definitely make sure that if someone feels like they have a latex allergy to make sure they read if there's latex in the sex toy that they have. Sex toys come in an assortment of materials so you should always find one that is medically safe for you to use.

Also, the biggest thing is people who share toys don't necessarily clean them as thoroughly as they should, and you can pass STIs from sex toys that are not cleaned appropriately. When people are sharing sex toys or using them on two different partners, it is possible to contract STIs or other diseases. 

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Whether you are using toys for your own satisfaction or with a partner, please make sure to clean and store them correctly to reduce chances of infection or disease and if you do encounter any medical changes, see your doctor sooner rather than later. 

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