BPA in Sex Toys
Potential Issues and Concerns About Bisphenol A in Sex Toys
Is BPA Dangerous?While Canada has decided BPA is toxic, both the United States and European regulators continue to maintain that the levels of BPA found in humans does not pose a risk. At the same time, a growing body of research has been conducted and published demonstrating at least some connection between BPA exposure and negative health outcomes.
Are Sex Toys with BPA Dangerous?The only research that has been conducted on sex toys and BPA has been the documentation that BPA is present in some sex toys. No research has been conducted to explore whether BPA in a sex toy could leach off the toy and into the body of the user. Aside from workplace exposure, where people working in factories that use BPA may be coming into contact through their skin or the air, most exposure is thought to take place via food and drink containers lined with BPA.
Should I Avoid Sex Toys with BPA?The answer to this question depends on what you choose to believe about the research and the various government evaluations of the safety of BPA. There is no question that BPA leaches into our systems and into our environment. The manufacturers say that there is no harm; a growing body of science suggests there is at least some harm, possibly a lot.
How Can I Tell if a Sex Toy Is BPA-free?It would be nice if this were an easy thing to do. Unfortunately, it isn't. There are some materials that are BPA-free in their raw form. Sex toys made from metal, glass, and wood should contain no BPA, providing that BPA isn't used in any of the machinery that makes the toys. Sex toys that are 100% silicone and that are made from ABS plasticare also likely to be BPA-free, though it is possible that BPA may be used in a blend added to the raw material.
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