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We’re all for sex toys, so we asked an ob-gyn if turning your smartphone into one is safe.

Allison Underhill
July 06, 2017

Is there anything your smartphone can’t do? Your digital BFF can help you lose weight, stream your favorite Netflix shows, and capture that perfect snap for Instagram.

Now, a recent Cosmopolitan post has shed light on an entirely different use for your phone: a vibrator. App stores are loaded with tools that turn your phone itself into a buzzing bedroom buddy. That made us wonder, is it healthy to use your phone for sexual pleasure?

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To get the facts, we spoke to Alyssa Dweck, MD, a Westchester, New York–based ob-gyn and coauthor of The Complete A to Z for Your V.  Turns out making your phone do double duty as a sex toy isn’t as strange as it sounds. “Using a phone as a vibrator is nothing new,” explains Dr. Dweck. “People use household items, like an electric toothbrush, all the time.”

While using an app to have an orgasm sounds convenient, putting your phone near your vagina can be problematic, says Dr. Dweck. Unlike other makeshift vibrators, your phone carries all the germs you come into contact with on a daily basis. Exposing these bugs to your private parts can be dangerous.

“There’s a risk of contracting something from your phone,” Dr. Dweck says, citing the bacterial infection E.coli as an example. STDs such as herpes can also be spread via your smartphone, she adds. Of course, you could try cleaning your phone first, but germs are good at hiding in tiny grooves.

 

Then there's the health risk of positioning a battery-powered phone near your lady flower. “I would not insert anything with a battery in my vagina,” Dr. Dweck advises.

If you’re considering downloading a vibrator app, Dr. Dweck suggests We-Vibe. The app connects via Bluetooth to We-Vibe's own unique meant-for-your-vagina vibrator. With the app, each partner can control the vibrations and explore intimacy from anywhere in the world.

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As far as other sex toys go, Dr. Dweck highly recommends that women of all ages invest in an actual vibrator. “Sex toys and vibrators can help with low libido and introduce novelty into life,” she says. “There’s a plethora of sex toys out there that will enhance stimulation better than a phone.”

So while your smartphone is great for Insta-scrolling and Candy Crush, it’s best to keep it away from your hoo-ha.