How to buy a prostate massager
Shopping for prostate toys is often less fun than it sounds. Stores stock so many different kinds of anal toys from so many different manufacturers, finding the best prostate massager can feel impossible.
First, there is no one “best” prostate toy for every man. Each guy’s sexual tastes are unique.
Second, guys’ bodies are all different. While one guy’s prostate may be located two inches insight his ass, another guy’s may be three inches.
And since high-quality sex toys are often expensive and hard to return, it can be frustrating to buy one you don’t love.
Important features of prostate massagers
- Flared base to prevent losing it in the rectum
- Made from non-toxic, non-porous body-safe materials
- Smooth texture to prevent pinching/discomfort
- Easy to insert, remove, and use
- Doesn’t absorb bad smells
Three rules for putting things in your ass
There are only four hard and fast rules for putting something in your butt:
- Clean it out first.
- Use lots of lube.
- Only put toys in your butt that have a flared base, or flange.
The first two points are self-explanatory. But what’s a flared base?
A flared base is a handle that’s wider than the body of the toy. It’s necessary because your body could easily “suck” an object into your butt if it doesn’t have a flared base.
The sphincter muscles of the human anus are always working to keep it closed. Those anus muscles constrict involuntarily, just like the heart muscle.
In other words, the anus has a mind of its own, and it’s, well, retentive.
If you stick an apple or deodorant bottle into your butt, there’s a decent chance your body will accidentally surprise you by sucking the entire thing inside your butt so deep you can’t retrieve it.
This can cause pain or bodily damage—in addition to the shock and terror you’ll feel when you realize what’s just happened.
This isn’t a rare occurrence.
In recent years, emergency room doctors have noticed a “progressive rise” in visits for removal of foreign bodies in the rectum.
Why body-safe materials are important
The rectum is made from a moisture permeable membrane capable of transmitting soluble chemicals into the bloodstream.
This explains why doctors sometimes prescribe medicines in rectal suppositories when the patient feels nauseous.
Some sex toy manufacturers cut costs by using toxic or non-porous materials
No laws regulate the adult toy industry, so sex toy manufacturers sometimes try to cut their costs by using cheap materials known to be toxic to the human body or cause illness.
Toxic materials in sex toys can cause itching, burning, rashes, and tissue damage.
Phthalates are the most commonly used toxic chemical in sex toys.
What are pthalates? Phthalates are chemicals that make rubbery toys more squishy and flexible. Phthalates are usually found in jelly rubber common so common in the cheapest sex toys.
Exposure to phthalates is a major public health problem.
Being exposed to phthalates has been linked to male fertility issues, breast cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma, neurodevelopmental issues, behavior issues, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD.
Porous materials are also a problem in some sex toys
Porous materials have small, microscopic holes that can pick up and transmit bacteria, viruses, and mold.
It’s impossible to sanitize porous sex toys
If a sex toy is made from porous materials, you’ll never get it completely clean. No matter how long you scrub or how much soap you use, the small pores will always harbor germs.
When shopping for sex toys, always look for what it’s made from.
It may feel reassuring to see “body-safe” and “pthalate-free” on the packaging, but you should also check to confirm exactly what’s in it.
Avoid these toxic, porous and unsafe materials:
- soft plastic
- jelly rubber
- softskin (also called cyberskin)
- silicone/elastomer blends (also called SEB or SEBS)
- any other “silicone blend”, even if it says it’s a “body-safe silicone blend”
The good news: Lots of sex toys are completely safe
Always buy sex toys made from these non-toxic, non-porous materials:
- stainless steel
- hard plastic – including ABS and polypropylene
- ceramic – if its glazed
- wood – if the manufacturer uses a special non-porous finish