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Can I get an infection from my vibrator?

Short Answer: Yes, women can get yeast infections or bacterial vaginal infections from using vibrators or other sex toys that have not been properly cleaned. You can also get a vaginal infection if the vibrator spreads germs from the anal area to the vagina (i.e., if you use it in or near your anus, and then use it in or near your vagina without washing it first). Sex toys should always be cleaned after use with mild antibacterial soap and warm water, or a disinfectant sex toy cleanser, and should likewise be washed after being used anally before being used in or near the vagina.

Long Answer: It's quite possible to get a yeast infection or bacterial vaginal infection from using a vibrator or sex toy that hasn't been cleaned. Bacteria and other microorganisms will breed on the surface of the vibe, and a sticky toy will pick up lint, dust, and other gunk if it is left lying around. This is why it's important to always clean your vibrators, dildos, and other sex toys after using them. Wash them thoroughly with warm water and mild antibacterial soap. You can refer to our instructions on cleaning vibrators for more detailed advice.

Vibrators and other toys can also spread bacteria from the anal area to the vagina if they are used in or near the anus and then in or near the vagina. It's not necessary to actually have inserted the vibrator in your ass for this to happen. Simply sliding the vibe along your ass crack or pressing it on your perineum (the skin between the asshole and vagina) may be enough to pick up germs that will cause an infection if they find their way into the vagina. It's the same reason your mother told you to always wipe from the front to the back after using the toilet. So when you're using your vibrator on your pussy, try to keep it away from your anal area. And if you to use it on your ass, wash it thoroughly before using it in or near your vagina.

If you think you will have trouble remembering to wash your vibrator after use, or it seems like too much trouble, simply cover it with a condom each time you use it. It's easy and will probably prolong the life of your toy.

If you suspect that you have a vaginal infection - if you are experiencing vaginal itching, burning, or unusual discharge - see a doctor. The type of infection you could contract from a sex toy (if you're the only person who has used it) is not an STD and will probably be treated easily with an anti-fungal cream or antibiotics.

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