Sex toys have become increasingly popular in recent years, as they can add excitement and variety between the sheets. However, there has been some concern about whether using sex toys can affect fertility, particularly in women. In this blog, we will explore the relationship between sex toys and fertility.
Firstly, it’s important to understand how fertility works. Fertility is the ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. In women, this involves the release of an egg from the ovaries, which is then fertilised by sperm. The fertilised egg then implants in the uterus and develops into a baby. In men, fertility is determined by the quality and quantity of sperm produced.
Indirect ways sex toys can impact fertility
There is currently no scientific evidence to suggest that using sex toys can directly affect fertility. However, there are some indirect ways in which sex toys could potentially impact fertility.
One concern is the use of lubricants. Many sex toys are made of materials that can irritate the skin, so people often use lubricants to reduce friction and increase comfort. However, some lubricants can be harmful to sperm, which could affect fertility. For example, some lubricants contain spermicide, which is designed to kill sperm and prevent pregnancy. While this can be an effective method of birth control, it could also make it more difficult for couples to conceive. Check out our blog on fertility friendly lubes here for further advice!
Another potential issue is the risk of infection. Sex toys can harbour bacteria and other germs, particularly if they are not cleaned properly. This could lead to infections such as bacterial vaginosis, which can affect fertility. So ensure you always clean sex toys thoroughly after use and avoid sharing them with others! Not that they are something you would normally lend out!
Finally, there is some evidence to suggest that frequent use of sex toys could potentially desensitise the genitals, which could make it more difficult to achieve orgasm through intercourse. However, this is unlikely to impact your fertility.
There is no concrete evidence to suggest that sex toys can affect fertility. However, there are some indirect ways in which they could potentially reduce your chances of conceiving, such as through the use of certain lubricants or the risk of infection. So it’s ok to continue to keep things fun with toys between the sheets as long as you use your sex toys responsibly in order to reduce any potential risks. If you have concerns about your fertility, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor.
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