Could your vibrator be damaging your health?

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Sex toys and vibrators are part of mainstream sex lives, with bedside table drawers across the country well stocked with tubes of lube and vibrating fun sticks. But could our orgasm boosters could be doing more harm than good by increasing our risk of infection.

Sexual Health Nurse Specialist Helen Knox told us, 'This increase in sexual activity and steamier bedroom sessions doesn't come without its risks. The obvious concern is the risk of infections, not just STI's but also infections that are caused purely from increased amounts of sex and use of sex toys.'

'The bacteria in the vagina are perfectly balanced to maintain a naturally acidic pH that helps protect from infection. Male semen is alkaline so unprotected sex and use of sex toys can cause a disruption to the natural pH and bacterial balance,' she continued.

Problems 'down there' have always been a taboo subject, particularly as most vaginal infections usually have undesirable symptoms. Just the meer mention of 'grey discharge' or 'fishy odour' has us running and screaming in terror. Discharge - shudder.

However if these infections are left untreated due to embarrassment they can have lasting effects on your body.

Here are the 3 most common infections to look out for:


1. Bacterial Vaginosis
'BV is the most common vaginal infection and is almost twice as common as thrush yet research has shown that only, 49% of women have heard of BV,' explained Helen.

Left untreated BV may be associated with pelvic inflammatory disease, which can result in reduced fertility and also increase the risk of contracting certain Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV. Once diagnosed correctly, it can be treated with antibiotics. Alternatively Balance Activ gel is the leading over the counter treatment to treat and prevent BV.

2. Cystitis
The main symptom of which is a burning pain when passing urine. The underlying cause should be diagnosed correctly but it is very easily treated with antibiotics or over the counter treatments, but left untreated it can lead to kidney infections.

3. Thrush
Women commonly experience vaginal itching, a white, 'cottage cheese-like' discharge and soreness, which may also be experienced during sex. It can be easily treated with an oral medication, a vaginal pessary or anti- thrush cream such as Canesten (clotrimazole). However, recurrent thrush should be investigated further, to rule out conditions such as diabetes.

Tips for avoiding infection during sex


  • Take time to get to know your partner and ask about each other's sexual history.

  • Be selfish with your sex toys. Don't share them because that could result in the passing on of STI's or cause other infections. Use a condom with/over them and remember to clean them with warm soapy water and dry them properly after each use.

  • Get tested regularly.

  • Don't feel shy about using additional lubrication to make things more fun and also more comfortable, especially when you're using condoms.

  • Don't cheat. It can put both yours and your partner's health at risk. Treat your partner as you'd like to be treated and enjoy a healthy, safe sex life together.



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