Pelvic Floor & Kids – Learn the 3 Things You Need to Know

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Pelvic Floor & Kids Sexual Health | Vavven™

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Why’s Pelvic Floor Health Important?

If you’re a dad, mum, carer… then you need to have the ‘Pelvic Health’ conversations (note the plural) with your kids.

Early healthy conversations teach good lifelong habits and remove the shame associated with the pelvic region. This shame is created by us not talking openly in society about sexual health, of which pelvic health is a large component.

If you’re thinking these conversations may be too awkward to bring up with your kids, then you need to challenge yourself. Would you neglect teaching your kids to brush their teeth or to practice sun safety? I’m guessing the answer was no, so why should this area be any different. It’s not actually, pelvic health is simply no less important to your child’s lifelong health, wellbeing and happiness.

The aim of the pelvic health conversation is awareness

Awareness of what the pelvic floor does, when it’s working, and what their normal looks like. To know their own body means they will know change.

But before you have this conversation with your child, have it with your doctor. They will have insight into your child as an individual and give you age appropriate information on pelvic floor exercise, such as, what age to start, frequency and duration. Your doctor may even recommend not doing them as they may actually be too tight to start with. Some signs of this are pelvic pain, constipation, and difficulty starting urination.

What does the Pelvic Floor do?

Pelvic health is required to: control our bladder and bowel; support our internal organs; stabilise and support our spine; provide healthy erectile function and ejaculation; support our uterus during and after child birth to help prevent the uterus descending into the vagina; and enhance all genders sexual pleasure.

It is estimated up to 13% of men and 37% of women suffer urinary incontinence; 20% of men and 12.9% of women suffer faecal incontinence; half of us post child birth have pelvic organ prolapse, many occurring close to child birth but are more likely to occur near menopause, and one-fifth of which require medical attention; and we haven’t even touched the sexual wellbeing numbers.

The pelvic floor is the muscle set that holds all of your insides in, and provides functional control of our bladder, bowel, and uterus. It’s a very complex little set up with muscles darting all over the place and a few openings for the urethra, uterus and anus to pass through. The pelvic floor muscles wrap firmly around these openings to help keep the passages shut. It’s also of interest to know that the urethra and the anus each have a second sphincter to help with this function.

Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor muscles can weaken for a number of reasons: surgery; constipation; heavy lifting; bladder and bowel problems; pregnancy; age; high impact exercise; and obesity, to name a few. And just as impacting but a much rarer occurrence is pelvic floor muscles that are too tight. The failing of the muscles to relax can prevent the bowel and bladder fully emptying, as well as causing difficulty with penetrative intercourse.

If you have an issue with your pelvic floor chat with your doctor, don’t self-diagnose, they did that university degree for a reason. If you’re in Australia follow this link to find your closest pelvic floor physiotherapist.

The best advice available for maintaining pelvic health is to:

  1. Exercise the pelvic muscles regularly from an early age (this may be as simple as walking see below);
  2. Have good health habits to try and prevent constipation, but also good toilet habits  to manage it when it occurs; and
  3. Discuss your pelvic health with a medical professional.

For our kids to be able to follow these three steps, then we need to talk with them about pelvic health just as we would about healthy eating. These conversations will teach them the basics at an early age and set them up for shame free pelvic health. Pelvic health is a practice to start young to create a healthy habit and reduce the likelihood of suffering sexual or functional issues.

But How Do You Teach Your Kids Pelvic Floor Exercises?

First of all remember the aim is body awareness, knowing where the pelvic floor is, how to operate it, and what their body normal is. Understanding their own body means they will notice changes with age.

With regard to kids resources, there isn’t that much out there unfortunately and what is out there is very gendered. This book may be helpful if your conversation is with someone who just lovvvvess pink and frills, but don’t let a lack of targeted resource slow you down.

We didn’t need a book or a video to show our kids how to brush their teeth, we just taught them from our own experience. So there is no reason why we can not teach them what and where their pelvic floor is, how to activate it, and how to relax it, after we’ve taught ourselves and sort medical guidance on recommended start age and frequency.

These two videos teach the same information in a simplistic way, but approach the lesson with different styles, so just see through the gendering, aging, and the prostate cancer references.

Two very important areas which are not discussed in the videos are:

  1. Normal daily activity: Standing and walking with good posture will work the pelvic floor. So an active healthy kid doesn’t need to go crazy with doing these exercises, they just need to be aware of their body and how it works, what can affect it, and to notice change and seek help if needed.
  2. Relaxing: After you tighten a muscle, let it go completely, let it relax. Learning deep breathing to relax the diaphragm will also relax the pelvic floor, as they are part of the same system. Deep breathing will also calm the nervous system and that’s a nice state in our modern active lives.  

So go to town. This a great skill for all you adults as well!

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A couple of tips to help when chatting to your kids (after chatting with your family doctor)

  • Find something to relate the conversation to e.g. an aging pet with toileting difficulties
  • When describing the muscles describe them as something kids can visualise e.g. a trampoline or a hammock
  • Only locate one set of muscles at a time i.e. the ones to stop wee, then the ones to stop poo etc.
  • Link the exercising to a visual cue which relates to the frequency of exercise e.g.fish feeding or hockey practice. Over time they’ll associate the visual cue with the exercise
  • And keep it light, don’t go over the top, the aim is awareness

A couple of tips to help when chatting to your kids (after chatting with your family doctor)

  • Find something to relate the conversation to e.g. an aging pet with toileting difficulties
  • When describing the muscles describe them as something kids can visualise e.g. a trampoline or a hammock
  • Only locate one set of muscles at a time i.e. the ones to stop wee, then the ones to stop poo etc.
  • Link the exercising to a visual cue which relates to the frequency of exercise e.g.fish feeding or hockey practice. Over time they’ll associate the visual cue with the exercise
  • And keep it light, don’t go over the top, the aim is awareness

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Parabens In Personal Lubricants

Parabens In Personal Lubricants | Vavven™

There is a lot of discussion about personal lubricants that contain parabens, a synthetic preservative, and if they are good for you.

Well we don’t agree with their use, but we cannot tell you conclusively that they’re bad for your health, all we can do is give you the existing science and let you make up your own mind.

Parabens are synthetic preservatives that your skin can absorbed. There is a whole family of parbens and they’re made by reacting an alcohol with p-hydroxybenzoic acid (the change in alcohol provides the varieties).

A review of research on Parabens between 2004 – 2008 by Darbre & Harvey found:

  • Intact parabens were present in human urine, meaning our bodies are not breaking down the chemicals
  • Parabens can be absorbed through our skin
  • Parabens were repeatedly shown to have estrogen disruption (ED) impacts
  • Parabens were genotoxic, meaning they can damage the genetic information in cells causing mutations

In 2013 the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health published a paper noting “EDs may be blamed for the rising incidence of human reproductive disorders. This constitutes a serious public health issue that should not be overlooked. Therefore, precautionary avoidance of exposure to EDs is a prudent attitude in order to protect humans and wildlife from permanent harmful effects on fertility.”

And a 2002 study exposing rats to currently acceptable levels of polyparabens resulted in reduced sperm production.

Where Are Parabens Found?

They’ve been used since the 1950s as a preservative (preventing bacteria growth). And they’re the most widely used cosmetic preservative. Parabens are also often used in pharmaceuticals and food. Yes your food!

Parabens health risks are certainly contested, but there’s good reason to believe this family could affect the natural hormone system (endocrine) of our bodies. And considering the paraben family is in so many of our daily products the real concern we see is the cumulative exposure.

Personal lubricants are placed in areas that allow for greater absorption, and they are used frequently. There are so many paraben free lubes on the market there is really no reason not to find an alternative.

How To Reduce Your Paraben Exposure?

This ingredient is everywhere, personal lubricants and other body care products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, even a host of food. So read the label and put down anything that contains something ending in ‘parabens’, it’s a big family.

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Lubricant Osmolality And Why It’s Important

Lubricant Osmolality And Why It Is Important | Vavven™

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Osmolality. What Is It?

For our needs osmolality is simply the concentration of a water-based lubricant.

If you want to get slightly more technical – Osmolality is a measure of the concentration of dissolved particles per unit of water in a water based liquid and it’s measured in milliosmoles per kilogram (mOsm/kg).

Why Is Personal Lubricant Osmolality Important?

The osmolality of your water based lubricant is of interest because of where you place it, your vulva, anus, or penile urethra (your pee hole).

The outer layer of skin in these areas is made of cells that let water flow freely in and out of them as needed (non-keratinized for the sex nerds).

The cells do this trying to maintain equilibrium between themselves and whatever water based liquid is touching them.

So if the osmolality of your body area cells is different to the osmolality of the water based lubricant molecules, then your body cells will adjust by either absorbing water or releasing it.

What Does A Change In Cell Water Level Do?

If your body cells absorb enough water while trying to equalise, they can burst and die. This can happen if your lubricant is very hypo-osmotic, this is an uncommon product.

And if the body cells release enough water while trying to equalise, they can dehydrate and die. This can happen if your lubricant is very hyper-osmotic, and the majority of lubes on the market are hyper-osmotic!

How Do Damaged Cells In At My Anus, Vulva, or Penis Affect Me?

Dead and damaged cells in these tender body areas are an issue because

  1. the function of these cells is to help prevent dirt and bacteria from entering into your body and
  2. the area can become irritated and more susceptible to infection “for example by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)” World Health Organisation.

“for example by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)”

World Health Organisation.

Most commercial personal lubricants have high osmolalities (2000–6000 mOsm/kg). The normal osmolality of vaginal secretions is 260–290 mOsm/kg and in semen it is 250–380 mOsm/kg.

The World Health Organisation recommends their procurement agencies “should source lubricants with osmolalities of not greater than 1200 mOsm/kg.”

The big issue is checking your lubricant osmolality, because it is not on the label!

How Do You Buy Intimate Lubricant With The Correct Osmolality Range If It’s Not On The Bottle?

Speaking openly about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), means chatting about your bedroom and your lubricant osmolality and more research is needed in this field to keep us all safe.

To find a great lubricant, look for a supplier who carries educational information and only stocks body safe lubricants. Take Vavven™, for instance. A social enterprise that sells body safe adult toys to help promote SRHR in local communities and around the world, Vavven™ carries a broad spectrum of ethically produced products including lubricants which have had their osmolality range checked. They also continue to work with industry bodies and highlight issues to regulators.

Below is a list of osmolality for common lubricants.

Use and procurement of additional lubricants for male and female condoms: WHO/UNFPA/FHI360

The WHO recommend osmolality is less than 1200 mOsm/kg.

 The Ideal pH for the vulva is 4.5 & the ideal pH for the anus is 5.5-5.7

A Little Help Is Needed?

Lubricants certainly have a pleasure aspect due to the sensation, but there’s a much larger health aspect. Changes in moisture affect all vulva owners at any age, and the anus is not self-lubricating so lubricant is essential.

No matter who you are and how long you’ve been around, a drop or two of lubricant will bring a smile to all involved. Our personal lubricant range is body safe and fun, so give it a splash.

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Oral Dental Dams

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A Dam that Makes Oral and Dental Dams Exciting Again

Is there anybody out there who doesn’t enjoy good oral sex? Well, we don’t want to exclude anyone, but we’re sure that the vast majority of folks reading this appreciate a good lick now and then. Whether you’re into giving or receiving, though, and no matter what orifice you prefer to romance, it’s crucial that you do so responsibly.

That’s why the right forms of protection are a vital step towards the total enjoyment of any sexual act. Some people only think of protection when they think of genital-to-genital intercourse, but remember, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can spread in many ways. Protecting yourself during oral sex is just as important as protecting yourself during any other kind of action, and there are specific tools you should use for the job.

Take the dental dam, for instance. Also called oral dams, these nifty little things let you pretty much lick anything!

Hmmm… What is a Dental Dam?

The dental dam is a thin rectangular piece of material, normally latex, that is held in place over the vagina or the anus to create a protective barrier against STIs, when used correctly, and let you satisfying your partner by dining on their private parts.

Remember no product will eliminate all risk, but with a quality dam and the knowledge on how to use it, the less likely issues will occur.

The oral dam has been around for a while, but if you’re looking for the best possible protection during oral sex, you need to buy a quality dental dam and know how to use it correctly.

But how do you use an oral dam?

Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are six steps to have you licking just about anything.

#1 Know what it’s used for – Anilingus & Cunnilingus

Oral dams are NOT a replacement for what is commonly termed ‘the male condom’, we call it an ‘external condom’. Nor is the oral dam a contraceptive.

Dams are a barrier protection method to be used during two forms of oral sex – cunnilingus and anilingus.

Cunnilingus is using your mouth and tongue to stimulate your partner’s vulva / vagina.

And anilingus is using your mouth and tongue to stimulate your partner’s anus, this one is also called rimming.

Dams are NOT for engaging in the third type of oral pleasure, where one uses their mouth and tongue to stimulate a penis. Grab an external or male condoms for that, they also come in some very tasty flavours.

#2 Check your gear before you dive in

Firstly, make sure you store your dental dams in a cool dry place. Try the bedside table or the sock drawer.

Check the dam for tears or defects. Holding the dam up to the light, or checking that no water passed through while rinsing can assist with checking.

Read and follow the instructions on the packaging.

Tip: Wash off any of the powder from the dam, as it can cause yeast infections. And for the love of god, check the used by date. No-one likes a crusty dam.

#3 Master the technicalities

Make sure the dam is big enough to cover the intended area.

While you’re munching away, don’t stretch the dam, as this can cause it to tear. Simply lay and hold the dam in place over the vagina or anus to avoid direct mouth-to-vagina, mouth-to-anus, or vagina-to-vagina (tribadism / scissoring) contact.

The dam needs to be in place before any of this business begins and be sure that it is held in place for full the duration. Otherwise, you won’t be letting it do its job.

#4 Keep it smooth

Add a couple of drops of water based lubricant to the vagina or the anus or directly to the dam. This will increase the sensation as it allows the dam to glide across the orifice in question smoothly.

Don’t use oil based lubricants as it will degrade the material.

#5 No flippin’

Don’t flip your dam and use the other side. Dams are one side use only as this will transfer the body fluid and potentially STI’s.

#6 Keep it fresh

Dams are single use items only. Never reuse, no one likes a crusty dam. And be sure to dispose in the waste, NOT the toilet.

How to buy a quality dam?

How to buy a quality dam?

Shopping for the right dental dam isn’t like shopping for a pair of shoes though. Contemporary attitudes about sex and sexuality have a long way to go, which means that it isn’t always easy to find frank and honest information about the products you need to protect yourself.

You need to look for a product with a reputable medical approval to ensure it has been tested to prevent STI’s passing through the material

Fortunately, as time goes on, more and more people realise the importance of speaking openly about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Take Vavven™, for instance. A social enterprise that sells body safe adult toys to help promote SRHR in local communities and around the world, Vavven™ carries a broad spectrum of ethically produced products including oral dams from some of the best manufacturers in the industry.

Their Sheer Glyde Dams not only come in a range of fun and fruity flavours, they are the only products approved by both Europe and the FDA for barrier protection against STIs during oral sex (anilingus & cunnilingus), which means that using these dams is one of the most reliable methods of protection you can find anywhere.

So you’re ready to start licking but unsure about which flavour would be best, we do a tasting pack containing each flavour. A great reason to lick a little more.

TIP: If you have a Latex Allergy try cutting a Non Latex condom (internal or external) in half (down the full length of the condom) and lay it flat – this will work, but ensure you have adequate coverage of the area you plan to dine on! The internal condom will give you the greatest coverage.

Note the warning notes about some of the video content under the clip.

Stuff Mom Never Told You – HowStuffWorks

PLEASE NOTE: this video shows home made dams

  • Cutting condom – this will work, but ensure you have adequate coverage of the area.
  • Cling wrap – do NOT do this, while wrap is great for wrapping your burger, it’s not so good for eating them. Wrap can be porous and allow the transfer of STI’s.

Exciting Tastes for Sensible Folks

STIs can affect anybody at any age, so no matter who you are and how long you’ve been around, an oral dam is a prudent (and tasty) investment. Everybody enjoys a little flavour too, so why not give yourself a bit of fun with our flavoured dental dams? Our Glyde Dams come in flavours like wildberry, strawberry, vanilla and cola. They’ve also been made using a unique process that prevents them from smelling or tasting like latex. When you’re ready to order, contact Vavven™ at your earliest convenience. We’ll be more than happy to help you start dinning.

Well the short answer is it’s the power to lick anything!

Well almost.

A dental dam is a thin rectangular pieces of latex, which, when used correctly, acts as a protective barrier against sexually transmitted infections during annilingus (oral sex with an anus, also called rimming), cunnilingus (oral sex with a vulva), and tribadism (vulva-to-vulva contact, also called scissoring).

You simply lay and hold the dam in place over the vagina / vulva or anus in question, to avoid direct mouth-to-vulva, mouth-to-anus, or vulva-to-vulva contact.

Dams are not a contraception.

An interesting fact the dental dam as an oral dam was design by Australian Clive Woodworth, CEO of Glyde Health. The idea was born in 93′ at a sexual health conference between Clive and three others with a vision to make sex safe for all.

Read this article to learn more on how to use an oral dam and more.

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Tenga’s Sex Toy Demo – Iroha Tori, Flip 0 (Flip Zero), & Tenga Egg

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TENGA demonstrate how to use their ‘female pleasure product’, or external vibrator as we like to say, Iroha Tori. TENGA also demonstrate two of their penis masturbators – Flip 0 (Flip Zero), & the very popular Tenga Egg.

Jerry and Jak also discuss why TENGA designed a male masturbator disguised as an egg. A small glimpse into the unknown impact society has on sex toy design. Sex and Society.

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Iroha Tori

Jak: Now we’re here with Jerry from tenga and he has some pretty fantastic products to show us. So what have you got in your hands?

Jerry: Hello my name is Jerry, I have Iroha Tori in my hand. This is a female pleasure item. So we wanted something made quite cute and so squishy.

Jak: Oh OK, it’s really squishy like really squishy.

Jerry: Yes it is.

Jak: Yes I would not have thought it was, I would not have thought it was this texture from any of the pictures.

Jerry: Yes, and also the vibrator is very strong please feel it.

Jak: Yes it is. And very pinpointed, the vibration moves through the silicon really well. Any other interesting products?

Flip 0 (Flip Zero)

Jerry: Yes we do have a new product. It’s called Flip 0 (Zero). Flip Zero is for a penis. It’s a new high-end product. As you could see the very soft-silicone. Please touch it.

Jak: Yer it sort of almost feels like one of those toys when your kids you throw it against the wall, and it sticks and climbs down.

Jerry: Basically it’s made by TPE, so it’s very easy to use. Put some lubricant on it, and fold it put this in, and put this in. Put it onto your penis and squish it like this.

Jak: So that sort of squeezes. You can place pressure on the outside of it. Does it make a suction noise, like a cow pulling its foot out of mud?

Jerry: A little bit.

Jak: A little bit, not too much but a little bit.

TENGA Egg

Jak: These are a great tanga product.

Jerry: Cute TENGA Egg like this. Look at this it stretches a lot. And please see the inside texture it’s very cool. Basically it’s going to be the same texture as the outside picture, gotta be the same.

Jak: And what do you do with this?

Jerry: So, as you can see, it’s going to come with the one time lubricant on it. So you open it up, put some lube on it. And put it onto your penis.

Jak: So, ar penis?

Jerry: Yes penis.

Jak: OK and so what, it stretches right over it?

Jerry: Yes.

Jak: OK, very interesting.

Jak: So why is it disguised as an egg Jerry?

Jerry: Well because we wanted something cute and easy to carry in. Basically like we wanted something kind of cool, in use to be Japan, like these kind of sex toys were like always kind of gross. And kind of hard to carry and everyone’s kind of ashamed to carry it.

Jak: This is in Japan?

Jerry: Yes in Japan.

Jerry: We wanted something cool and easy to carry. And like, so like everybody could like talk about masturbation open. So we made these kind of cool products.

TENGA Masturbate Better

Jak: You have an interesting tagline at TENGA, so would you like to end it with your tagline?

Jerry: Ar should I say it?

Jak: Yer you can say it.

Jerry: TENGA has a very nice product, so everyone please try TENGA.

Jak: Yes thank you.

Jak: Isn’t your tagline ‘making masturbation better’?

Jerry: Yes.

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Fun Factory’s Sex Toy Demo – Thrusting Vibrator

Fun Factory demonstrate the thrusting dildo (or thrusting vibrator) which includes an automatic thrusting function at the shaft’s head causing the vibrator to move back and forth (pulsate).

The two sex toys they demonstrate from their thrusting line are the Stronic Thruster and Bi Stronic Fusion Thrusting Vibrator.

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Jak: I’m here with Laura and we are looking at Fun Factory.

Laura: I’m very happy to be here today to show you our product and our new launches.

Jak: What can you tell us about Fun Factory Laura?

Laura: Fun Factory is a German brand, we have our manufacturing in Germany.

Jak: This looks very interesting, would you be able to give us a demonstration?

Laura: This one is our Stronic Thrusting Vibrator.

Jak: These sex toys are body safe as well?

Laura: Yes our silicone is from Germany, it’s 100% medical silicone, it’s very velvet like.

Jak: And the Stronic Thrusting Vibrator works with magnets doesn’t it?

Laura: It’s not vibrating but pulsating. It’s a thrusting motion, imitating the natural motion of love making. Inside the core is a magnet, the toy has this thrusting movement. So it’s not vibrating but pulsating. And you have different speeds and patterns, yer and just to find your favourite one.

Laura: This one over here is a special one, because it has a second external motor which is vibrating. This sex toy is called the Bi Stronic Fusion Thrusting Vibrator. So it’s an external vibration in addition to the thrusting movements, and you can control the two motors independently.

Jak: Alright, well thank you very much for taking the time to show us your product line.

Laura: Thank you very much.

Fun Factory’s Bi Stronic Fusion

Fun Factory’s Bi Stronic Fusion will help trigger deeper and fuller orgasms. With its blend of immense strength and a revolutionary design to produce one of the most satisfying thrusting dildos available anywhere.

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Let’s Talk Butt Sex, Anal Sex is so Lowbrow

Vavven Anal Sex Butt Sex

Not all sphincters are created equal!

Anal sex is so last season, we prefer the more highbrow butt sex! Let’s get into it.

So you’re interested in exploring another of your erogenous zones, good for you!


Understandably, butt sex isn’t for everyone, so as much as you want to try it, you may not be able to if your partner isn’t interested. As an alternative, you might like seeing girls and boys get bent over. It may not be as exciting as doing it yourself, but it’s a definite second best.

The back door has a few extra special rules you must follow. So read to the very bottom of this blog and practice these basic steps: consent, health, communicate, lubricate, and a big dose of patience.

#1 Consent

#2 Health

  • Never, ever, ever, put anything inside your butt you cannot hold onto! We recommend always having a good sized flared base on the object to reduce the risk of it being sucked into the anus (Anal Suck). Your butt muscles are super strong, especially during orgasm, and lubricated fingers are super slippery.

If you do lose any object into your butt (or anyone else’s!) seek medical help immediately, that sucker is more than likely not coming back out on it’s own and can do serious damage.

  • If you are exploring with fingers ensure the fingernails are short and smooth, the anus is delicate.
  • If you have hemorrhoids do not engage in anal sex until you have discussed the risks with your doctor.
  • We strongly recommend not using any item designed to numb the anal area (cream, drug, lubricant etc.). Numbing the butt effectively dulls nerves and masks pain, without this pain sensation you and/or your partner(s) will not be aware of tearing and other harms being caused to the anus in question.
  • Anal sex shouldn’t be painful. If pain occurs, stop immediately. Do not continue if you have a tear or damage to the anus and seek medical advice.
  • Match your lubrication to your protection. Only water-based lubricants with latex condoms, never use petroleum or oil based lubricants (e.g. Vaseline, massage oil) as a chemical reaction occurs and weakens the strength of the condom which could cause it to break.
  • Wear protection, the penetration of any orifice; anal; vaginal; and oral, comes with a risk of transmitting sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). So, we strongly recommend using condoms during anal sex (well all sex actually!).

Warning if you have a latex allergy we do stock a number of latex free products. Vavven’s Latex Free Barrier Protection.

  • Never change from anal penetration to vaginal penetration without changing condom or washing the penetrating object totally.
  • If you’re using fingers ensure you wash your hands very well prior and after anal play.
  • If you choose to douche (cleaning faecal matter from the anal area) be mindful of how much you do this, as over douching can have health implications. Douching is a personal preference, but we do not sell douching kits because we all know, milk, milk, lemonade, around the corner…
  • And with this in mind the area has a unique fragrance which will over time impregnate your intimacy toys, so we recommend always using them with a condom to reduce the lingering aroma.

#3 Communicate

Communication is exceptionally important in all stages of anal sex.

  • Prior to butt sex, talk to your partner to ensure you’re both signed up for the same activity.
  • During anal sex, ensure the person being penetrated is the one in control. Consider your position to ensure this control. Talk to each other about the force, speed, and depth of penetration.

 

#4 Lubricate

Your butt is not self-lubricating and actually absorbs moisture, so make sure you lubricate well and reapply regularly. Dry penetration can cause lesions in the fine skin tissue, if a lesion or tear occurs in the anal area seek medical advice immediately.

 

#5 Patience

It’s the journey, not the destination that matters!

  • Take your time, allow the person being penetrated to lead the charge.
  • Focus on enjoying each stage, not having a finish line.
  • This can time (sometimes many months) to work your way to the size of a penis or dildo being inserted into your anus
  • Starting with a well lubricated finger is a great way to explore the sensation and get the anus comfortable with something small. If you’re using intimate toys (see warning above), start small and work your way up when and if you desire.

Lacy Greens Butt Sex – Can not see? Change your youtube settings to 18+. Trust us, all will be fine.

Best of luck with your butt.

“Anal sex is like brussel sprouts, an acquired taste” Cyndi Darnell

How To Clean Sex Toys

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Vavven How To Clean Sex Toys

Why Do I Need To Clean My Sex Toys?

Whether you use sex toys with a partner or even use them on yourself when watching Twink Movies, sometimes they get a little messy and will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Knowing how to clean sex toys is a very important skill to help ensure your fun doesn’t become nasty.

Believe us, it can become nasty pretty quick when you’re popping your sex toy(s) in orifices where they will come in contact with bodily fluids like, semen, vaginal fluid, anal fluid, and potentially blood.

Depending on your choice of toy, these fluids may either impregnate the surface (porous toys) of your sex toy, or linger on the surfaces of them.

If these fluids are not thoroughly removed they can transfer things such as:

  • sexually transmitted infections (STI’s)
  • and micro yucks which have grown on the surface

Either way the end result is not nice, from STI’s to yeast infections, so treat sex toy hygiene with R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

To keep you and your partner(s) safe it’s recommend you always clean your sex toys: thoroughly before and after each use; when changing from the anus to the vagina; and when changing from one partner to another. To assist with fluid transfer condoms can be used to cover the toys, remember to change the condom if changing orifices as above. And a handy hint – condoms over your toys also helps with the fragrance a toy acquires from anal use.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning method, if you can not find them, here are a couple to help you out –

The 3 Best Ways To Clean Sex Toys

1/ Cleaning Sex Toys With Soap & Hot Water

A good scrub with soap and hot water is usually sufficient for most sex toys. Rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any soap on the toy. Keep in mind we do not recommend owning a porous toy as they are near impossible to clean adequately.

This cleaning method is good for: ABS, Silicone, Metal, Glass, and Ceramic

If your toy is not waterproof – remove batteries; do not allow water to enter the battery housing; do not submerge your toy; and use a damp cloth for cleaning rather than direct water.

2/ Using Sex Toy Cleaner

For that extra peace of mind use specially formulated sex toy cleaners which often also disinfectant. This is a good option for most sex toys, but check the manufacturer’s labeling to ensure the cleaner is safe for use on your sex toy.

This cleaning method is good for: Most Sex Toys

3/ Cleaning Leather Sex Toys

A little fetish play can be fun but the clean up is often rather difficult due to the porous nature of leather.

Saddle soap and warm water is recommended for leather items, however we have not found any conclusive information to its ability to remove bodily fluids which may carry STI’s.

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Sex Toy Safety | 7 Easy Ways To Protect Yourself

Sex Toy Safety

A number of us have a background  in highly regulated and safety orientated industries. So when we were researching the risks within the sex industry for our social enterprise ‘Vavven’…

Well we were nothing short of horrified with what we found!


We’d expected items purchased for your favourite orifices would be safe for their intended purpose. We expected manufacturing standards and regulations would ensure consumer safety just as they do in so many other industries. But sadly this is not the case.

This blog contains the simple knowledge to prevent your parent, or child, or friend experiencing a world of embarrassment and pain.

Sex Industry Regulation

Lack of regulation for this industry means manufacturers of sex toys are relatively free to manufacture their products as they wish, in any form and almost any material they desire, even though they understanding you’re going to place these items in your most sensitive and porous areas.

The sex industry has also failed in this area. Retailers have every opportunity to provide you with the simple knowledge needed to protect yourself, but many of them either pay no attention at all, or they give toxic material and cleaning knowledge only.

People of all ages and all walks of life end up in hospital from serious mishaps while trying to gain sexual pleasure using either sex toys or common household products.

Sex Toy Safety 7 Easy Tips

Whether they are being used by couples in relationships or by
individuals whilst they watch videos on sites like A Tube XXX, sex toys can be
fantastic. But what we found is that they aren’t always as fantastic as
we think. We will share more information over time, but a great way to help with your safety is to follow these 7 easy tips:

1/ Don’t Place Anything In Your Anus That Doesn’t Have A Flared Base

We cannot stress this point enough!

Of the sex toy related injuries presenting at hospital, it is estimated over 80% are to remove items lost in the anus.[/fusion_text][fusion_text]

Your anus does not self-lubricate, it has two sphincters (one external and one internal), and it also has very strong muscles.

After the second anal sphincter there’s a kink in the bowel, and if your probe turns this corner (which it can do during anal suck or being pushed to far) it can begin to migrate north.

And no it’s unlikely it will come out. There have been plenty of instances where both males and females have experienced this, hell, there’s probably even video evidence if you were to look a porn sites like youngsexer.com or likewise websites online.

In very basic terms, the bowel muscle normally contracts behind your bodily waste to remove it, but it can also push items the other way back into the body.

Anal suck is the contraction of those very big muscles during an orgasm.

Put slippery fingers from lubricant in the mix and it will make gripping your probe very difficult.

A flared base will not prevent this mishap (if you’re stupid enough to push it too far), but it does provide a proximity reminder and a gripping point for either you or the super lucky emergency doctor on the extraction mission.

Considering a mishap can still happen

  1. Reduce the likelihood by always controlling your own anal toy during joint play &
  2. Think about your product before play, that is, stay away from products with sharp edges that could cut the delicate internal body tissue, such as jewel studded butt plug, or plugs with sharp points or raised seams. Keep in mind the amazing medical people can not x-ray your lost item unless it is metal.

If you lose anything up your anal cavity forget your dignity and hightail it to emergency, because that sucker ain’t coming back out and can do extremely serious damage!!!

2/ Talk With Professionals

Before deciding to experiment with sex toys chat with your doctor.

Yes potentially embarrassing but you’ll get over it, there’s nothing your GP hasn’t seen or heard before. They’re a wealth of information (yep all that study is for a reason), they can make sure you’re in good health and that you’re not treating a symptom of a much larger problem.

The other important professional in your sex life is a great Sex Educator.

They can assist with pleasure as a complete package, mind and body. We recommend Cyndi Darnell as an educator, she was one of the experts we selected to participate in Vavven’s product risk assessment panel and she runs sessions via Skype so geography isn’t an issue.

Sex toy retailers are experts in retailing not sexual advice.

Yes many can educate you on sex, but your own doctor combined with an expert sex educator will help you really uncover what your issues are and provide you with a much healthier sexual outcome.

3/ Purchase Body Friendly Materials

Body safe materials are very important, not only are your pleasure zones often porous they are also sensitive.

This means a sex toy and lubricants made from a toxic materials can by absorbed into your body easily and irritate or burn your skin.

Finding non-toxic materials isn’t easy due the lack of regulations, but as a guide look for reputable manufacturers and only purchase products which are bodysafe, food grade, or medical grade: silicone; glass; metal; wood; ABS plastic; or ceramic.

Stay away from porous materials, materials that either absorb fluid or trap it on its surface. Porous materials not only capture micro yucks they’re really hard to clean, meaning the micro yucks can cause infection or worse.

Sex toy bloggers such as Princess Previews or Miss Ruby Reviews are a great place to investigate toys, as they both give honest sex toy reviews and only deal in non porous sex toys made with non-toxic materials.

4/ Use The Sex Toy Safely

Each sex toy is designed for a different use and can be dangerous if misused.

For example lubricate is designed to assist with reducing friction during sexual pleasure, but if used in the shower or the bath could cause a bone breaking slippery floor.

Vibrators & Dildos

A vibrator has an oscillating motor with an offset weight which causes it to vibrate. A dildo does not have a motor, it does not move under its own steam.

Vibes are great for external vibration or internal vaginal play, but both vibrators and dildos can be quite dangerous if used for anal play if they do not have a flared base (see #1).

It’s also important that you mix up your clitoral simulation methods from time to time, change the vibration frequency and speed as well as trying stimulation other than vibration. Play with temperature, air or water flow. Using a water proof vibrator in the bath can help with this by holding it close to the zone, but not touching.

Penis Rings

Penis rings are a little tricky, see penis ring safety, but the main thing to watch out for is ensuring you purchase a material that you can easily cut from your penis if needed, and you check in with your doctor pre-use.

Butt Plugs

See anal play safety, but the main things to watch out for are #1 the flared base rule and #2 medical check.

Sounding Equipment

This is a long probe which is inserted into the eye of the penis.

We do not stock this item, but we’d like to stress

  1. see your doctor first there are many things which can go wrong with this practice &
  2. be aware of the material being used, that is, the common household pencil is NOT a good idea. It may leave internal splinters which can only be removed in hospital if at all.

Pre-use Check

No matter what type of toy you are using always inspect it prior to use.

  • run your hands over it thoroughly for sharp edges (the skin on your junk is very soft and easy to tear)
  • visually check for pinch points and surface cracks
  • visually inspect the batteries and housing for corrosion or any change; or check the charging cable and charging point for damage or exposed wiring
  • if you find any of these things, it’s time to bin your toy.

Vavven Safety Information

With each of our sex toys we send you detailed do’s and do not’s.

5/ Clean Your Fun Toys

Always clean your sex toys before and after use, and as a general rule clean between each new cavity.

Check out How To Clean Sex Toys.

6/ Buy From A Reputable Retailer

Buy from a reputable retailer, an organisation who knows how to impose their own regulations to improve your safety.

There are a few great retailers out there when it comes to checking items for toxic materials such as Smitten Kitten, but the pickings are very slim if you’re also looking for electrical and functional safety.
In Australia, sex toys are adequately covered for electrical safety under Australian regulations, but good luck finding an Australian importer let alone a retailer who understands the legal responsibility here.

7/ Don’t Get Suckered By Internet Bollocks

  • Price will not determine your toy safety. We’ve have found safe and unsafe toys in all price ranges.
  • Materials ain’t materials. It would be the easy road to take a blanket assumption all toys made from a certain material are either toxic or non toxic, but the fact is materials are tricky and much rests on additives and manufacturing methods which you may not be aware of.
  • Smell isn’t a good indicator of toxicity many toxins are odourless.
  • The home flame test to prove if a sex toy is manufactured from “real silicone”. This is one of the most amusing things we’ve read so far in this industry. It‘s a great indicator of the lack of material and chemical property understanding of those involved, but a very poor indicator of the material. Silicone will melt at plus 300C and the hottest part of a pocket lighter can reach nearly 2,000C, even a slight wobble with flame placement will subject the silicone to temperatures far above its limits.

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