Net 1on1 has reported that sales of sex toys in its sexual health category have risen 20% in 2016 compared to last year, adding credence to a new global sexual wellness report forecasting market growth of more than 7% by 2020.
The wholesaler’s overall sales of sex toys have also risen year-on-year since the launch of the first Fifty Shades of Grey book, and the firm says this shows the market is now less inhibited and there is a growing mainstream appetite for sex toys. This could be especially true amongst men, as male masturbators were Net 1on1’s second most bought category of items during the first two months of 2016, followed closely by vibrators and then dildos.
Tony Gonzalez, managing director of Net 1on1 said: “It’s great to see so many people losing their inhibitions, enjoying sex toys and asking retailers for sex toys that aid sex health. However, advice online about their safe use is often very conflicting, and the incorrect use of any sex toy can still lead to the passing on of STIs like chlamydia, syphilis and herpes, often unwittingly. With this in mind we’ve put together the top dos and don’ts of sex toy use. However, I urge anyone who is still unsure and needs further advice on how to protect their sexual health, to visit www.fpa.org.uk, the online home of sexual health charity the Family Planning Association (FPA). Not only is the FPA a leading voice in the sexual health arena, it also launched a new website called FPA Pleasure in 2015 providing advice and retailing sex toys.
FPA’s CEO Natika H Halil said: “Toys are a great way for people to enhance pleasure with partners or while enjoying solo sex, but it is important to take care of your health when using them. They can harbour dirt and bacteria, as well as pass STIs to another person or another part of the body. Remember to wash toys between uses – they will come with instructions from the manufacturer for the best method – and use condoms. Using condoms with toys is the best way to protect yourself from getting or passing on infections, including when moving the toy between different parts of the body. For example, bacteria which live naturally in the anus can cause infections in the vagina. If you are worried you may have an STI, make sure you get yourself checked out. Our Find a Clinic tool can help you find your local services.”
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