German Green Party Warns of Dangerous Sex Toys
Plastics pose infertility, hormone problems, claims party report
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2011 2:55 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Sometimes environmental toxins can come from places—and in places—you least expect. The Green Party of Germany is hoping you don't forget about dildos. "Many dildos and other sex toys such as vibrators contain a high amount of phthalates, other carcinogenic plasticizers and toxic substances," states a new report by 10 Green Party members in Germany's parliament. The substances, which enter the body through mucous membranes, can lead to infertility, hormone imbalances, diabetes, and obesity, warn the reps. They're demanding new laws to make sex toys safer for the 20% of the German population who use them, notes Der Spiegel.

But the call for safer sex toys has already received a limp response from officials of the center-right government, who refer to the products in questions only as "erotic items." Few if any scientific studies back the Greens' concerns, says the government's response. And if there's a problem, it would be better to address it Euro-zone wide, officials add. "Ducking the issue is not an option when health risks are involved," countered a Green spokesman. Denmark has already issued a health warning about sex toys. It urges covering sex toys with condoms for protection and to avoid products made of PVC.

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Alessa
Jul 16, 2011 12:18 PM CDT
What doesn't cause cancer? From what I hear even breathing in the air around you can cause cancer.
Adam222
Jul 7, 2011 2:37 PM CDT
Using a sex toys can put you into risk and bring danger to your health because of some of the materials used and chemical in making sex toys, it can even cause cancer and other deceases. It’s indeed that sex toys is plus factor that adds excitement and exceptional feeling to human’s sex life but it’s still dangerous especially those that are not approved by health experts. rabbit vibrator
Toon
Jul 5, 2011 3:39 PM CDT
Laugh in public, but when you order stuff to be delivered in a plain package, check out what it's made from and not just how it's shaped. Oh, and if you want to buy American made items Tantus is both safe and made in the US. (Sorry if this sounds like an ad.)