Body Safe Sex Toys

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Body Safe Sex Toys

When you’re chasing pleasure, you should be completely comfortable with the toys you use, and this applies to more than just the shape and size of the items in question—there’s also safety to consider.

Is this sex toy safe for my body?

Body safe sex toys are important because unlike so many other industries, the sex toy industry is relatively unregulated.

Why aren’t sex toys regulated?

There’s no logical reason, other than sex toys are still viewed as immoral (you dirty beast you!)

The conversation of immoral is a post for another day, but we question how enhancing communication between yourself and your partner is immoral, or learning how to sexually satisfy yourself is immoral.

But like it or lump it, no government body regulates sex toys safety. They do however, certainly regulate sex toy morality. And it’s this moral regulation which has caused the humble sex toy to become a commodity which is sold as a ‘novelty item’ and hence unregulated.

The use of ‘novelty item’ means the item is not for use in the body, which has allowed manufacturers to sidestep regulations which govern body safe products in other categories. Now this is actually something we feel could be called immoral.

So what does unregulated mean?

Well a lack of regulation means consumers of sex toys are not protected by manufacturing standards and regulations which are in place to keep consumers safe in other industries.

This means manufacturers of sex toys are relatively free to manufacture their products as they wish, from almost any material and in any form. And they do.

Many sex toys on the market have been manufactured for materials banned for bodily use, or not fit for their intended purpose.

The outcomes of using non body safe sex toys can be serious, ranging from skin burns and irritations, to surgery, and in rare cases, worse.

Ok but what is a body safe sex toy?

Body safe sex toys are sex toys that are safe for their intended use, manufactured from non-toxic and non-porous materials, and electrically sound.

When discussing body safe sex toys most of the information available will focus on cleaning and sex toy material toxicity. While both of these areas are certainly important, as sex toys and lubricants are used in our most porous and sensitive bodily areas where toxic materials can by absorbed easily, there is more to a body safe sex toy than just material and hygiene.

Body safe sex toy materials guide

When looking at materials, look for nonporous and non-toxic materials. Search for wording such as bodysafe, food grade, or medical grade.

Body safe sex toys are typically made from:

  • Silicone: be aware silicone can have toxic additives;
  • Glass: make sure it will not break. This is both a material and process check ie borosilicate glass (Pyrex) is normally good, but you need to ensure the manufacturer is reputable enough to have quality checking and also complete your own pre-use check;
  • Metal: Ensure a smooth finish and only use non-toxic metals;
  • Wood: A great product material is coated correctly (we don’t want splinters in those areas) with a non-toxic coating;
  • ABS plastic: Note ABS can also have toxic additives;
  • Ceramic: See glass comment on breakage;
  • Latex is also body safe: But before using latex equipment, it’s a good idea to make sure you aren’t allergic.

Follow these links to learn more about sex toy material safety  & sex toy cleaning.

To truly have a body safe sex toy and reduce the potential for serious outcomes which involve your favourite orifices, you also need to look at their electrical and functional safety.

What is electrical safety?

Well the importance of electrical safety is self-explanatory.

All sex toys are actually covered under the electrical standards of the countries they are being sold in. However, this doesn’t mean you’re getting an electrically safe sex toy. Just look at the massive number of electrically unsafe children’s toys which hit the market every year. If these items are not getting picked up, it’s not very likely your sex toy will.

The best way to protect yourself and your special other(s) is to only purchase your sex toys from a reputable retailer who understands their legal responsibility.

What is functional safety?

Each sex toy is designed for a different use and can be dangerous if misused. For example lubricant is designed to assist with reducing friction during sexual pleasure, but if used in the shower or the bath can create a bone breaking slippery surface.

But most would agree a missing sex toy maybe worst than a broken bone!

It’s possible for sex toys which were not designed for anal play to be sucked back into your anus and require surgery for removal. It’s possible for sex toys to lodge behind the pelvic bone, and it’s also possible to get a sex toy stuck on an erect penis and cause serious damage.

We think you get the picture. See Sex Toy Safety | 7 Easy Ways To Protect Yourself

How do I find a body safe sex toy?

By now you’re wondering ‘should I even bother playing with sex toys?’

YES, yes, yes, you should.

Firstly because these safety issues occur more when people use household items rather than sex toys, and secondly, because we believe it’s important to have a fulfilled sex life and to also narrow the orgasm gap.

You just need to ensure you purchase your sex toys from a reputable retailer who knows how to impose their own regulations to improve your safety.

For your future sexual health it’s crucial you shop for body safe sex toys, looking at form, function, and electrical safety.

Want to learn more?

We believe comfort is of particular importance when sexual pleasure is on the table, and only body safe sex toy can provide true comfort.

To learn more about basic sex toy safety, anal play, penis ring safety, or sex toy cleaning, follow the links below.

When you’re shopping for a body safe sex toy, Vavven™ is an excellent starting (and finishing) point. Our approach to selling sex toys and adult lifestyle products is ethical and unique—we champion equality of opportunity and responsible use in equal measure, which means that all our products are body-safe. The cherry on top is that we donate one-third of our proceeds to NGOs who support sexual and reproductive health and rights in various communities, so your custom helps to support a good cause. Contact us or browse through our stock online, and find out just how good using a body safe sex toy from Vavven™ can feel.

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Sexting in 2020 it’s Time to Demand Tech Companies Change

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Safe Sexting Vavven

What’s Sexting?

A few sexy images or a steamy text conversation is a great way to spice up the day between lovers.

Sexting is sending another person a sexually explicit image or message via any technological means.

It’s predominantly associated with mobile phones and nude pics sent between lovers. They’re certainly not uncommon, with 20% of teens 13-19 sending them and 33% of adults 20-26.

So if most of our sexting is between consenting people in relationships,

what’s the problem with sexting? It’s privacy!

Dr. Amy Adele Hasinoff , a communications researcher, highlights our privacy issue with technology is certainly not a new debate.

We’ve been here, and we’ve solved it.

History has show us many social issues have been born from technological advancement, but it also shows us industry has also stepped forward and solved many of the social issues which have occurred. The automobile industry and safety is a perfect example of such an instance.

If we have expected industry to assist in solving the social issues their technology enables, why are we choosing to send the ‘just don’t do it’ message to our young consenting adults when it comes to sexting?

Rather we should be demanding tech companies implement features to ensure consent levels prior to image sharing. It’s not like industry hasn’t come to the party to solve social issues before.

Many believe creating privacy around digital items is impossible, but it’s not. You can not purchase an e-book and just share it around, your doctor can not share your digital medical files, nor can your bank release your financials to the web.

Banning all sexting to solve privacy issues is like banning all dates to solve date rape, it’s illogical.

As Dr. Amy Adele Hasinoff argues in the TED talk below, the approach we have to sexting is all wrong. We should be focus our efforts on providing digital privacy via consent, rather than discouraging and criminalising it.

Our love stories, short and long, have played out with the assistance of the media of the era for as long as time. Love letters written and passionate sculptures erected to show our lust and love. Dr Hasinoff brings a great love story of 1886 to our attention, where a boy met a girl via the telegraph, and eloped.

One of the barriers to providing consent to images on social platforms, is the business models are built on the ‘share’. They want you to share, like, and engage, and the tech companies want to make this as easy as possible to do.

The second barrier is the lack of practical sexting laws and the will to implement them.

In the US sharing nude images of persons, even yourself, under the age of 18 is considered child pornography. An American paper from 2012 found people aged 17 and under made up 7% of all arrests for possession of child pornography in the US, this is double the 2000 figures.

The third barrier is our social tolerance of people who disseminate personal images without consent.

Yes sexting has it’s risks, but so does anything fun, such as sky diving or trying something new! Serious privacy violation shouldn’t be one of the risks of sexting, especially when we have the capability to install technology to prevent it.

 

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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™

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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Dental Dam

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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Penis Ring Safety (Cock Ring Safety)

Vavven Penis Ring Safety (Cock Ring Safety)

Cock ring safety is rarely spoken about, let alone relayed by manufacturers or retailers. So we’re here to chat penis ring safety!

The Penis

The penis is a complex bit of gear, but basically it’s a pump system. Your heart and arteries are the pump, pushing blood into and around the penis. An erection is created when a rather tricky biochemical process shuts valve like items in the penis, enabling more blood to enter than leave and in turn building pressure.

The pressure from a penis ring creates an artificial one way valve, reducing or preventing blood flowing out of the penis. But this artificial blood restriction can cause damage, the tissue of the penis and testicles need fresh blood flow to stay alive. See recommended use time limits below.

Holding an erection is not the only reason a penis ring is used. The reasons vary from erection assistance to feeling good, or just an attempt to make your junk look a little larger. Whatever the reason education is very important. Penis rings have been in use for a very long time and for short term use are normally quite OK. A 2009 sex toy safety paper found penis rings accounted for just 1.9% of the sex toy related emergency treatment.

The main issues with penis rings are related to:

If you ever find yourself in a situation where your penis ring is stuck, hightail it to emergency to seek medical help immediately. That is one friend you want to look after.

Here are a few tips to help you out:

#1 Seek Medical Advice Pre-use

Penis rings must NOT be used without medical advice by those who have cardiovascular problems or who take blood-thinning medication.

Always check in with your doctor and ask for their advice on safe use and any medical conditions you may have which could cause an issue. If you’re using a penis ring to assist with erections be sure to discuss this with your doctor, they may actually be able to help you in many other ways. And if you’re just experimenting to spice up your play, just be open with your doctor they have knowledge to share.

#2 Duration Of Use

Medical professionals advise against using a penis ring for more than 30 minutes.

Ensure

  • you are not using drugs which affect your attention or awareness;
  • you remove the penis ring prior to sleeping; and
  • you remove the penis ring immediately if you notice any pain, numbness, or if the flesh goes pale or blue.

We recommend

  • NOT using a penis ring with numbing creams, as this will reduce your awareness of your penis while wearing the penis ring; and
  • avoiding metal penis rings, as removal can be very difficult in an emergency situation. Look for a penis ring which can be cut or easily undone.

#3 Weight Damage

We recommend avoiding heavy weighted penis rings as the pulling can damage the structure at the base of the penis, which can lead to nerve damage and irritation of groin hernias.

#4 Be Prepared

Knowing who you can contact in an emergency or having something close by to cut the penis ring if needed, is so much easier to think about when all the blood is in the thinking head!

Note: If you do attempt to cut your own penis ring, ensure your penis is protected.

#5 Have Fun

We know all those rules probably scared the shit out of you, but education will keep you safe in bed. Don’t stress about the rules, just follow them and enjoy.

This youtube clip by Dr Ruthie will take 10 minutes of your life, but well worth it. She covers materials, sizing, installation and safety.

How to Wear a Cock Ring | Dr. Ruthie’s Sex Info

Happy loving peeps.

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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!

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?

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

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.

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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When’s my partner ready for sexual experimentation?

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Vavven sexual experimentation

Whether you want to explore a fantasy or introduce sex toys, sexual experimentation in relationships is normal and healthy. But that doesn’t mean all your desires will align to that of your partners. So it’s always best to check in with your partner(s) before throwing down something a little out of your ordinary sexual ritual.

Our tips to checking in with your partner exploring likes and dislikes are:

#1 Talk

The best way to determine whether your partner is also ready to experiment is to sit down and have an honest discussion with them. Try doing this at neutral time. The heat of the moment can tend to complicate things, try sitting down during a calm moment together.

Have a talk about what some of your limits may be, both as partners and as individuals. Talk about how you might communicate when either of you feel like things have gone too far or you are uncomfortable.

Ensure that you both feel safe to say no at any time to each other.

#2 Consent

When your sexual activity involves others, it is vital you and all participants are consenting adults who are emotionally ready. Don’t follow a crowd, set your own limits. If it feels wrong for you or if you change your mind, speak up and say no. Your body, your rules. If you don’t want be a part of something, you are perfectly within your rights to remove yourself.

Consenting means person(s) of full mental faculties, engaging in the full act of their own free will, not under the influence of drugs or persuasion. See our consent blog for more info on this Consent Click Here.

If you are unsure about consent, stop.

#2 Enjoy The Ride

But most of all- enjoy exploring your sexuality alone or with a partner. Be playful and curious, unashamed and adventurous. Be safe, and let the good times roll.

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