The answer is yes, but it depends on what kind of bacteria are present. You may not get sick from just one type of bacteria, or even from all types.
It’s best to avoid bottoming out the butt and instead use a butt plug or something similar when you do so.
If you’re going to go down on someone, make sure they’ve had their period before doing so! (And don’t forget to wash your hands! )
) If you want to go down on someone with no risk of spreading disease, then use a butt plug made out of silicone. These tend to be less likely to break than other plugs. They can also be used in the shower or bathtub.
(Don’t try them in the toilet though!)
Silicone plugs are usually pretty cheap and come in many colors and designs. Some models come with different sizes so you can choose which size fits your body best.
Some silicone plugs are designed to fit over underwear and some have a flared base so they can be worn under clothing.
There are also butt plugs that can be inserted into the rectum, which means they’ll work better if you have constipation problems.
A few brands of silicone plugs include: Vixen Creations, Tantus, Doc Johnson, Fun Factory and Jopen.
Silicone is easy to clean and can be boiled to disinfect it.
Silicone and water don’t mix so make sure you dry your plug well (or better yet, use a hair drier instead!) between uses.
Toys that are the safest for bottoming include: plugs made of silicone, glass plugs, metal plugs, or hard plastic ones.
Toys made of rubber, jelly rubber, Cyberskin or other soft materials should NOT be used for bottoming.
Before using a new toy, make sure to inspect it for any damage. Throw it away if it’s ripped or cracked in any way.
If a toy is dropped on a hard surface, toss it out. Same goes if the toy has been under high heat for too long.
Remember that your toys will last longer if you take good care of them. 10. What are some of the risks of using toys?
You should not use anything that is damaged or cracked inside your body.
Don’t use toys that are made of jelly, latex or other non-porous materials. These materials can sometimes hold bacteria.
A good way to avoid these problems is to only use toys that are made of stainless steel, glass, metal, hard plastic or silicone. Silicone is especially easy to clean and doesn’t pick up any tastes or smells.
Silicone toys can be boiled or bleached to sanitize them.
Never use a toy with more than one person without cleaning it thoroughly first.
Make sure to clean toys properly before and after every use. For information about how to clean your toys, check out these cleaning instructions. 11.
I avoid getting splinters or other injuries?
Check for sharp edges and points on your furniture, bed frame or any other items that might be part of your play area.
If you’re going to be tied up or otherwise immobilized, make sure your partner isn’t using any kind of rope that could cause injury if pulled on too hard.
Choose a position where you won’t be falling onto anything hard. For example, if you’re going to be bent over something and being penetrated from behind, make sure there’s a pillow or some other soft item that you can fall onto if your legs give out. Falling on a hard surface could cause internal injuries.
Make sure that any restraints you’re using are secure but still comfortable. If your partner is restraining your arms or legs in some way, make sure he/she will be near you so he/she can intervene if you start to fall or have some kind of emergency.
Don’t mix pain and bondage. While some people enjoy combining pain with their bondage, it’s best not to do anything that can not be easily undone in case of an emergency.
Never engage in any kind of sexual activity that involves placing objects into the ears, nose, or inside the body unless you thoroughly know what you’re doing and have the proper equipment.
Even if you know what you’re doing, never place anything inside the body that is not designed for that purpose. For example, many dildos and other toys can be shortened by removing some of the insertable portion. DO NOT do this unless you have proper knowledge and equipment because these items are not designed to be placed inside the body in this way.
Make sure all tools (such as knives or clamps) used for play are clean and not broken in any way.
Take your time. Don’t rush things. Don’t try to do too much all at once.
If you’re going too fast, you could end up with a lot more injuries than you would have if you had taken things slower.
Breathe! A surprising number of people hold their breath during bondage play. Make sure you keep breathing; otherwise you could pass out and get hurt.
12. What are some safety tips for pain play?
Don’t cut large veins. Unless you are an expert, avoid veins in the arms or legs. Use veins in the palms of the hands or soles of the feet instead.
Don’t cut arteries. Arteries carry blood to all parts of the body and cutting these can cause extreme bleeding very quickly. If you cut an artery, apply firm pressure to the area and seek immediate medical attention.
Avoid nerves. Nerves carry messages to and from the brain. If you cut one, you will lose sensation in the area of the body that the nerve serves.
Use clean tools. Make sure your tools are sterile if you’re using a knife or scissors. If you’re using anything else as a tool for pain (such as scissors, clothespins or anything else), make sure it has no jagged edges that could cause injury.
Don’t leave the scene of any cutting until the area has properly healed.
Don’t use blood to write anything that you’re not willing to see come true. Read more about this warning here. This is probably one of the oldest “tricks” in the book for scaring people into believing in magic and there’s a very simple explanation of why it works: Your mind is very good at finding patterns even when they don’t exist.
It’s called apophenia. Basically, your mind sees a bunch of squiggly lines and tells you that they say “Blood Coven” because that sounds scary. You won’t be summoning any vampires when you do this. At best, you’ll have a scar that looks vaguely like the word “Blood.”
13. What kinds of injuries are particularly bad in the scene?
The biggest danger typically comes from things like losing too much blood, or having a nerve or artery cut in an area (such as the wrist or throat) that causes you to lose consciousness. While many people can recover from fairly severe cuts and some bleeding, there is definitely a risk of death if you don’t get help immediately and medical attention quickly.
Other than these risks, the most dangerous dangers are communicable diseases passed through blood. HIV is passed through blood, as are other STIs. This means that even if you’re playing with a sterilized knife or playing with blood elsewhere on the body, if you draw blood and exchange it during play, there is a risk of passing on an STI.
14. What are some resources for learning more about safety?
A good resource for learning more about basic safety is this list from Dark Garden. It covers much of the same information addressed above, but goes into a little more detail about some topics.
15. What should
I do if I find myself needing emergency services during a scene?
If you’re gagged and bound and you can’t get out the obvious first step is to scream as loud as you can. If you’re at someone’s house or a dungeon where there aren’t a lot of people, try shouting specific things like “Fire!” or “Rape!” as opposed to just screaming.
If you’re at a club, you can try calling out to the monitors. They aren’t allowed to interfere in what’s going on in the dungeon areas but they can definitely get help for you. It still might be considered cheating if you’re in a 24/7 space, but it’s better than dying.
16. What should
I do if I need to go to the hospital?
This is a little tricky because if you go to the ER and say that you were in some kind of BDSM scene, you may be assumed to be an victim of domestic abuse, or the hospital staff may not respect your privacy and tell someone (like the police) who doesn’t need to know.
If you can, try to get someone to take you who isn’t involved with the scene and explain the situation. For instance, if you were cut in a scene, tell them that someone cut you at work. They’re more likely to respect your privacy and keep things on the down-low since people don’t like getting involved in other people’s jobs or personal lives.
If you can’t get someone to take you to the hospital, or if you live in a small town where everyone knows everyone and avoiding people who know you is impossible, try to go some place that isn’t your regular hospital. In larger cities, there are hospitals specifically for emergencies that treat most of their patients anonynmously. They’re sometimes called “Wards,” or something similar.
Try to go there if at all possible.
If you don’t want to go to a hospital at all, or it’s the 18th century, try to find a friendly veterinarian. They’re used to treating injuries in animals so they should be able to help you. Plus, they can keep things on the down-low since most people don’t chat with vets on a regular basis.
Take a Tip
I like to keep things as simple as possible. I have a knife that I use both on myself and on my sub. There’s no confusion about what’s been used on someone else and what’s been used on me.
Of course, this isn’t always possible, but it’s a good starting place. Generally, you don’t want to cross-contaminate your toys.
You can get syringes at most veterinary offices. They cost about the same as they do at a medical supply store and they’re sterilized. You can also boil them to sterilize them as well.
If you’re in the hospital or a veterinary office, you can just use the regular needles that come with the syringes.
If you get the needles separate from the syringes, you’ll probably have to get them at a medical supply store where you may be expected to show ID. Don’t forget to scrub the needle with some alcohol before and after you use it on your sub.
Whether you’re using a syringe or a pump, always clean your toys between play partners and consider getting two so you don’t have to reuse and you don’t have to worry about keeping track.
Probably one of the most important things to remember is that not all lubes are created equal! Be sure to ALWAYS use a water-based or silicone-based lube with your medical toys and gloves. Never, ever use anything like oil-based lubes with latex.
They’ll destroy the material.
If you’re using something like a glove or a catheter that already has a slick surface, then you can save yourself some trouble and just buy some sterile water-based lube at the store. It’s cheap and won’t ruin your toys!
Of course, you can always go to the more expensive route and get yourself some surgical lubricant. It’s pretty much the same thing as the water-based lubes you buy at the store, with two exceptions. It usually comes in a nice dispenser (which you may or may not need) and it’s made specifically for medical uses and is FDA approved.
Either way, you don’t want to skimp on this and go with something like vaseline or baby oil. They’re just not going to work well and you risk ruining your toys.
When you’re done playing…
Always remember to clean your toys after each and every use. If you’re going to share them or if there’s any chance that the next time you use them will be soon, wash them with hot water and antibacterial soap.
If you won’t be using them for a while or sharing them, throw them away. Don’t put them back in the drawer or wherever else you keep your medical toys.
Remember, you don’t want to risk contaminating everything else!
Medical Play Gear
Below are some common items you can use for medical play. They’re ranked from lowest cost to highest cost, cheapest being the veterinary supplies you can get at a pet store and the most expensive being an actual speculum that you can buy at a medical supply store.
Most of these items can be used on men and women.
Plastic wrap (saran wrap)
Gag (cloth or ball)
Mouth spreader (ring gag)
Cotton swabs, q-tips (optional)
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Vet supply store
Medical supply store
Videos (for inspiration)
It’s always possible to take medical play a step further by using some toys or gear that are more specialized than the items mentioned above. Again, these are ranked from lowest cost to highest cost, cheapest being an animal enema kit and most expensive being a $2,000 surgery table. Check them out!
Enema bag with hose, nozzle and syringe
Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff)
Scalpel blades (disposable)
CAUTION! Make sure you buy blades that are meant to be used on humans. Do NOT use animal blades as they are not sterilized and can cause infection.
Blood pressure monitor
Manual resuscitator (ambu bag)
Oxygen tank and regulator
Intubation kit (laryngoscope, tube and attachments, etc.
Anaesthetic machine (includes syringes, etc. for injections)
Surgical lights (optional)
Bariatric scale (for weighing patients)
Surgical table (folding chairs can also be used)
Scrub suits (you can just use your normal clothes; they get sterilized afterward)
Surgical instruments (these are very expensive and not needed for most medical play, discussed below)
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Condoms with dots (or get unlubricated condoms and put a dab of lube in the middle)
Mouth spreader (a ring that goes in your mouth, like a gag but it doesn’t go in your mouth)
Oral thermometer (for taking temperatures down there)
Rectal thermometer (has a wide tip for easy insertion, for taking temperatures up there)
Vaginal speculum (has a light, for looking inside)
Vulva puppet (great for looking at those hard-to-describe areas on women)
Gloves (in a variety of sizes)
Medical kit (contains antiseptic towelettes, bandages in a variety of sizes, adhesive tape in a variety of sizes and gauges, adhesive grippers, safety pins, nonstick pads in a variety of sizes and shapes, neosporin, steri-strips, finger splints, triangular bandages, and a tourniquet in a reusable mesh bag)
Non-latex gloves (for people who are latex sensitive)
Razor blade scalpel handle (single-use scalpel blades must be bought separately)
Suture kit (single-use needles must be bought separately)
Heart monitor keychain
Dissecting kit (for cutting people open, optional)
Laparoscopic tools (optional)
Otoscope (for looking inside ears)
Ophthalmoscope (for looking inside eyes)
Surgical drill (optional)
Taser (only for use on consenting patients, of course)
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