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Can Teens Buy Sex Toys?

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Question: Can Teens Buy Sex Toys?
Answer:

Sex toys, are perfectly healthy and safe. However, in most American States, it is illegal for teens to buy sex toys if they are under 18. In some states, it is illegal to buy sex toys if you are under 21. In others, it is illegal to buy sex toys at any age. In fact, there have been a few cases where retailers have been prosecuted for selling sex toys.

Common sex toys include vibrators, dildos and butt plugs. Here is a brief description of what those are:

  • A vibrator is a vibrating device. Many women enjoy the sensation of vibration on the clitoris and both men and women may enjoy vibration on other parts of the body.
  • A dildo is a device that can be used for vaginal, anal or oral penetration. Some people use them alone, but they can also be used by a partner, and if they are worn in a harness, are sometimes called a "strap-on"
  • A butt plug is a small device that can be inserted into the anus. These create a feeling of fullness. In men, they may also stimulate the prostate. It is very important that anything inserted into the anus have a wide base so that is cannot slip into the body.

Because they cannot legally purchase sex toys, some teens make their own, by using things like electric massagers or other devices. If a teen does this, it is really important to make sure that the toy is clean, doesn't have shape edges and is not made put of a dangerous or irritating material.

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