A sexual and reproductive health expert, Dr. YemiAdeyemi has said that using sex toys could reduce stress and give relief from menstrual cramps.
According to Adeyemi, sex toys can also help boost moods and release sexual tension.
Speaking in an interview, the sexual reproductive health expert, however, warned that sex toys should not be shared because they could be a rich source of sexually transmitted infections.
According to Health Shots – an online health information medium – sex toys can help reduce chances of STDs to almost zero, as there is no human intervention in its use and thus prevents viruses like HPV and HIV.
Health Shots also stated that sex toys can help reduce stress, improve libido and solve the problem of vaginismus – unbearable pain during penetrative sex.
Also sharing her experience on the use of sex toys, Zainab (not real name) corroborated the view of Dr. Adeyemi, noting that the toys help her to ease tension and reduce stress.
“Yes, it reduces stress. It also helps prevents infections because you are not worried about an unfaithful partner,” Zainab said.
Zainab told our correspondent that she is open with her decision to use sex toys revealing that her partner, who loves trying new things, is aware and comfortable with her using sex toys.
“In fact, we use them together. We love trying new stuff,” she said.
Zainab also stated that she is not worried about getting a sexually transmitted infection from sharing her sex toys with her partner.
“Well, to some extent I trust my partner and whenever we want to share, I clean it up. If it involves penetration, we use a condom,” she said.
Also sharing her experience, Omolayo Aiyelabola,owner of an online sex toy store, Intimates by Amope, agreed that sex toys relieve stress and tension.
“Sex toys help reduce stress. Many women do not cum or orgasm via penetrative sex.So many women are not satisfied with their sex lives, hence the need to use the toys to be fine.
“When you use the right sex toys, it has a way of calming you down. It is amazing really.
“If you are very tired and exhausted and you just use your sex toy to relieve the tension, and you are able to reach orgasm, you will sleep like a newborn baby.
“It has happened to me on several occasions and I have had people send me reviews saying, ‘Oh my goodness, Amope, after I finished using it, I just slept off’.
“Some women have also said that using sex toys has helped them reduce menstrual cramps. They said that when they use their sex toy during their menstruation, it brings about a huge relief for them.
“I also believe It helps to reduce sexually transmitted diseases in people that do not want to cheat.
“This applies to both male and female gender. When I know I can always get myself a sex toy when I need to relieve tension, why would I want to cheat?
“It actually reduces sexually transmitted diseases but it is only among partners who know that they do not want to cheat.”
Dr. Adeyemi, however, reiterated that sex toys should not be shared, noting that those sharing the intimate toys put those using them more at risk of STDs.
“This is because some of the body fluids could remain on the device and this is a rich medium for the transmission of infection,” Adeyemi said.
The physician added that women sharing sex toys are also at risk of yeast infection, noting that users should also pay attention to the quality of the material used to produce the toy.
“Ensure that the material used to make the product is body-safe.
“The recommendation is non-porous materials like silicone, glass, stainless steel. Finally, ensure you clean them well and keep them in a dry, aerated place,” Adeyemi said.
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