"I would never suggest anyone uses alternatives to sex toys"
A doctor has stated that using homemade sex toys is dangerous. This comes amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Since lockdown was implemented in the UK, the sales of sex toys have significantly increased with people still keen to satisfy their sexual urges while practising social distancing.
However, it seems that many people have turned to homemade alternatives.
This may be due to extended delivery times or the price of sex toys but experts have warned against it.
Research by OnBuy revealed that in March 2020, there were over 23,300 searches about homemade sex-related products, including how to make your own lube and vibrator.
The study revealed that Leicester is the number one city, with residents more interested in creating homemade sex toys than every other UK city.
Overall, the South East of England is most likely to create their own products, with almost 4,000 people searching for instructions every month.
It was revealed that London residents are most curious about making their own lube while those in the seaside town of Worthing, West Sussex are searching how to make dildos.
OnBuy found that those living in London, Nottingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Slough and Newport had the lowest percentage of searches in comparison to their population, showing that they are not sexually satisfying themselves in the same way as other cities.
Among the homemade items people are using, OnBuy and experts at Elite Society London suggest that iPhones are one of the most common due to the phone’s vibration.
Cucumbers are also often used due to its shape and size, closely followed by a pestle.
Despite the increased interest in improvisation, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of Patientaccess.com, has warned against it.
She explained: “I would never suggest anyone uses alternatives to sex toys for self-pleasure.
“We all keep our mobile phones with us all the time, and there is a high risk of them becoming contaminated with all sorts of germs.
“With vegetables, there’s a risk of damaging yourself internally and the last thing you need at the moment is a trip to A&E.”
Sex and relationship expert Annabelle Knight agreed:
“Homemade sex toys are never a good idea.
“Sex toy designers use years of study, knowledge and research to ensure you have a safe solo sex experience… especially if anal play is your bag!”
She added: “There are lots of very affordable toys out there, specifically designed with your pleasure in mind, so there really is no reason to go down the DIY route.
“The NHS are stretched as it is, the last thing they need are people in there with wayward vegetables and iPhones up their bums!”