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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 anus for this to happen. Simply sliding the vibe along your butt crack or pressing it on your perineum (the skin between the rear 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 vagina, try to keep it away from your anal area. And if you to use it on your anus, wash it thoroughly before using it in or near your vagina. Another simple way to avoid this problem is to take a steamy shower beforehand and wash up well with mild soap. Anti-bacterial soap like Dial or Irish Spring can interfere with the natural balance of your body and can cause yeast infections, so stay away from them.
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.
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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