Sex Manufacturers have come a long way in last couple of years. The danger of phthalates (a chemical used to soften plastics) are well known by those in the know about sex toys, but the general population still has no clue such harmful chemicals were ever even put into dildos and vibrators. Manufacturers got away with this for so long by slapping a "For Novelty Only" label on toys which puts the safety of products on you, rather than them. While the dangers associated with phthalates are still inconclusive, they're considered "probably carcinogens," and can even interfere with fetal development. Why take the chance? Why not have the same standards we'd expect from a human boyfriend in our battery operated ones? You certainly wouldn't have unprotected sex with a guy whom you knew could transmit a deadly disease into your body, so why insert a dildo that could possibly do the same thing. Respect your body, and treat yourself to worry free indulgence with a safer sex toy. Even though many manufactures are no longer selling products containing harmful phthlates, there are still porous products available on the market. The most popular of these products include jelly, PVC, cyberskin, elastomer, and rubber. If you already happen to own a toy made of one of these materials I recommend throwing it out. If you absolutely love it, and cannot bear to part ways simply cover it with a condom before every use to prevent the spread of disease and harmful chemicals from seeping into your body. You can easily find safer toys that can be sterilized such as those made of 100% silicone, stainless steel, wood, aluminum, ceramic, and glass. These products may be slightly more expensive than lower quality toys, but you're health and safety is worth it!