During pregnancy, you may be curious or concerned to know if its safe to continue to use sex toys.
Rest assured, it is perfectly safe to use sex toys while pregnant. If you have a history of miscarriage or other high risk problems, your doctor would have probably told you to avoid sex for the first trimester of pregnancy. But if you have an otherwise healthy pregnancy, there is no reason why you cannot use sex toys. In fact, you may find that you have even more amazing or multiple orgasms while you are pregnant due to increased blood flow to the pelvic area – so make the most of it while you can!
Start off slow if you (and/or your partner) are a little unsure or worried, and guide your partner as to what is feeling comfortable and pleasurable, so you can both relax and enjoy the experience.
Here are some tips to help you have a positive experience with your sex toys while pregnant.
Sex Toys During Pregnancy Tip #1 – Go Phthalate Free
If possible, choose to use phthalate-free sex toys. Phthalates are used to soften plastics to make them more flexible. They can be toxic especially to developing children (which is why they are removing them from children’s toys), and can disrupt hormones. It has been linked to many health problems including fertility, so if you can’t see what the toy is made of from the packaging, or if it doesn’t say ‘phthalate free’, give it a miss.
Sex Toys During Pregnancy – Tip #2 – Wash To Prevent Thrush
Because you are more prone to thrush during pregnancy, make sure you put cleanliness first. Thoroughly wash all your sex toys with warm soapy water after each use.
Sex Toys During Pregnancy Tip #3 – Keep Anal Play Separate
If you use your sex toy for anal play, no matter if its when you are pregnant or not, make sure you thoroughly wash it before you use it near your vaginal area. The bacteria can give you an infection or thrush. You might like to use a condom on the sex toy which you can take off instead of having to wash it – especially if the toy is porous. Hard plastic or glass type of toys can be better in this instance.
Sex Toys During Pregnancy Tip #4 – Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Make sure you empty your bladder after you have any form of sex while pregnant, even if you just use toys or lube. You are more prone to bladder infections during pregnancy so its important to reduce your risk of bacteria entering the urinary tract. In some cases, urinary tract infections during pregnancy can result in pre-term labour. Of course, make sure you drink plenty of water too, which will help flush out any nasties in your system. Check out Blue Zone Water for a great water filtration system that I use.
What If I Notice Bleeding After Sex?
Sometimes you may experience bleeding after sex during pregnancy which may seem scary at first, but it is quite common. For more information, read our article about bleeding after sex during pregnancy.