Is It Safe To Insert Sex Toys All The Way Into My Vagina?

Is It Safe To Insert Sex Toys All The Way Into My Vagina?

A Q&A with Cara Sutra

A sex question I get asked fairly regularly is, “Is it safe to insert sex toys all the way into my vagina?” Let’s take a look at the facts…

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I have a sex toy without a flared base or cord – can I insert sex toys all the way into my vagina? Is it safe? I’m worried my sex toy will get lost inside me.

– Anon

Thanks for your question. From the conversations I’ve had with several women, it does seem to be a popular misconception that you shouldn’t insert sex toys all the way into the vagina as otherwise they’ll get ‘lost’.

It’s certainly true that you should only use toys suitable for anal use inside your bottom, which means anal sex toys with a flared base. You should never insert any toy into your anal area which doesn’t have a flared base, as the toy can get drawn up inside the body – there’s nothing to stop it travelling up deep inside you. I’ve even seen shocking claims on adult shopping websites that you can use bullet vibrators anally – please don’t ever do this!

How about the vagina though? Well this part of the body is very different. Unlike the anal cavity, the vagina has its own ‘stopper’ at the top, before we reach the uterus or womb. The cervix forms this natural stopper or closed door at the top of the vagina. It opens slightly to allow menses to pass through, and you may find the cervix sits lower at that time of the month. The other time your cervix will be open – allowing something to pass through – is during the vaginal delivery of a baby in childbirth.

Let’s have a look at an anatomical diagram:

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As you can see, the vaginal area is a safe little room of its own, so you don’t have to use a flared base sex toy in your vagina. The sex toy won’t travel up deep inside your body or get lost. The cervix is a very small opening, the ‘neck’ of the uterus. A sex toy would not be able to pass through into your womb. This opening is so small so that bacteria and other dangers such as infections don’t enter into the uterus and/or spread to other parts of the body. When a woman is pregnant, the cervix is also sealed with a mucous plug, which only dislodges at the start of labour.

If you feel at all cautious about inserting sex toys all the way into your vagina it might help if you get comfortable with this part of the body before you play, so you know yourself intimately. Place a mirror beneath you if it helps, and explore beyond your external folds. Although a sex toy won’t travel dangerously deep up into your body, it may take a bit of practice to remove an inserted sex toy, or to use your vaginal muscles to aid the release of a sex toy from your vagina.

It’s entirely up to you and your personal comfort levels if you’d like to use sex toys inside your vagina or if you’ll always feel more comfortable keeping hold of a handle or other external loop or cord. There are many sex toys designed to be used inside the vagina, such as love eggs and jiggle balls. Some have external cords and loops but some do not – so you should be able to find sex toys which fit your personal preferences.

 

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