Safe Sexual Products
Working for Safer Sexual Products
NAASAS has formed a coalition for safe and nontoxic sexual products,
such as personal lubricants and sex toys. Chemicals can adversely
affect our health even at low doses and health risks to consumers
is something all ethical businesses must address.
consumers donít have access to the full list of ingredients or
materials in sexual products, they cannot make safe and informed
choices. Education and disclosure by sellers and manufacturers
as well as precautionary manufacturing is an achievable goal that
we all must strive for in order to ensure the health and well-being
of consumers and employees.
Business & Be Part of the New Sexual Health Shift
years now, a shift has been occurring in the adult novelty and sexual
product market. Manufacturers and sellers have seen and met the demand
for higher end products that pamper consumers and are particularly attractive
to women and couples. You can see the drastic shift in their acceptability
by society through the media promotion of such products on television
through networks like Oprah's OWN Network and shows such as Dr. Oz.
In addition, more and more media coverage through news articles and
even promotion of products in movies are occurring.
has also been a shift to promote healthier products by using better,
nontoxic materials such as medical grade silicone, Pyrex glass, stainless
steel, food grade vinyl and nontoxic elastomers. In addition, there
has been the removal of known carcinogens such as phthalates, parabens,
glycerin, and petroleum from products to make them healthier.
has brought to the table new sales and marketing opportunities for those
who are looking to address consumer sexual health needs. It can be seen
through the promotion of products that address medical issues such as
sexual dysfunction, reproductive challenges and even benefiting such
health needs as pelvic floor muscle (Kegel) development; which promotes
increased sexual pleasure and addresses urinary incontinence.
New Consumer Trend
When sexual products first came onto the market, they were often sold
through adult stores that many women and couples were intimidated to
venture into. With the growth of web based businesses the ability to
purchase discreetly shifted the way that products were sold. This also
opened the doors to a different approach to market these products and
with the introduction of home party companies bringing sex toy parties
to consumer's homes and catering to women; a more fun and flirty approach
to sexual products became the norm.
the evolution of sexual products, we are now seeing an even newer trend;
which is the focus on health. Consumers that never purchased sexual
products before are now doing so because of the improved product functioning,
packaging and healthier and higher quality materials being used. But
most importantly, consumers are now becoming interested in sexual products
due to their ability to address sexual and generalized health issues
including mental health. Presenting sexual wellness products provides
the sexual product industry with the mutual achievements of helping
people and high profit margins; making this industry one to be acknowledged
as being a positive and life enhancing one. The increase in Baby Boomer
sales from those over the age of fifty-five has been significant over
the last several years and is a clear demonstration of this shift in
mentality. In addition, sales through the medical and mental health
community are also increasing; further demonstrating that even health
professionals are recommending sexual products to their patients and
With all of these advancements, it was inevitable that an official organization
would begin to further the development of nontoxic product manufacturing,
promotion and education and the NAASAS Safe Sexual Products Campaign
is that coalition. By joining together we become better educated, unify
our efforts and advocate on the behalf of consumers for healthier products,
while simultaneously increasing sales and making the sexual products
industry one of the most positive, influential and profitable career
How Can Your Business Get Involved?
How Can You as a Consumer Get Involved?
- If you are
a consumer, please sign up for
our newsletter for more information on how you can support
our cause and what you can do to make a difference.
- You can also
commit to only purchasing from companies that sell nontoxic sexual
products, especially those that are NAASAS members and adhere to
the strict professional code of
conduct for which we stand.
Examples of Toxins in Sexual Products
are found in personal lubricants and other sexual products such
as moisturizers, shaving gels, sex toy cleaners, personal lubricants,
topical stimulants and more.
Alters estrogen levels in women, increasing chances of such
diseases as breast cancer.
induce allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis and rosacea.
decrease sperm count in males.
contribute to the development of skin cancer.
with healthy fetal development in pregnant women.
commonly found in sexual products such as vibrators, dildos as
well as some fragranced products.
can determine if phthalates are present if there is a 'new car'
smell; however, phthalates do not have a scent and thus, cannot
be detected by smell.
Health Risks: Phthalates
are endocrine disrupters that have been linked to - reduced sperm
count, breast cancer, liver damage, ADHD, asthma and allergies,
insulin resistance, metabolic interference (contributing to obesity),
premature breast development in girls, abnormal genital development
in males (small penis, undescended testicles), autism and low
birth weight in babies.
in sex toy cleaners and genital hygiene products. Triclosan is
commonly found in many antibacterial and antifungal products.
Health Risks: Like
phthalates, Triclosan is an endocrine disrupter and has been linked
to - decreasing bacterial resistance, allergies, abnormal thyroid
functioning and disrupts normal growth. When combined with chlorine
in tap water to form chloroform, it has been linked to cancer.
is found in dildos and vibrators that use latex paints. It is
also found in some sex toy cleaners that are in the form of liquid
Health Risks: Irritation
of mucous membranes of the throat, nose and eyes. When there is
heavy exposure by breathing it, getting it on your skin or eating
it there is the potential that it can lead to pulmonary edema,
metabolic acidosis, hypotension, hemolysis, and coma.
in some dildos and vibrators, especially those made of glass.
Health Risks: Causes
damage to the nervous system, stunted growth and delayed development.
It can also cause kidney damage.