Are EMF Emissions From Sex Toys a Cause for Concern?

There was a time when people warned against using sex toys because they emit EMF. However, is this a valid concern or just a way to stop people from exploring their sexuality? It’s worth noting that electronic toys, gadgets, and household appliances all emit varying levels of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which can potentially have health risks. In this article, we explain how to determine if your sex toy emits EMFs and how to reduce your exposure risk.

What are EMFs and How Do They Affect Health?

EMFs are invisible lines of force created by electric current, which exist in different forms and can travel through the air. When exposed to these EMFs consistently, there is potential for health risks, including increased body temperature, interference with cell growth, DNA damage, and even cancer. To reduce your risk of exposure, it’s important to be aware of the EMF levels produced by any pleasure device or sex toy that you use.

Do Sex Toys Emit Harmful Emissions?

Most sex toys on the market do emit EMFs, although they generally produce low levels. It’s important to pay attention to the product label or manual and research any toy that you may use regularly or spend a lot of time around. If you’re concerned about your exposure risk, move electronic devices away from places where you spend a lot of time, and invest in sex toys that do not emit EMFs.

What are the Recommended Limits for EMF Exposure?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), EMF exposure must remain below its recommended limits to ensure safe levels of EMF emissions. Generally, adults should limit their daily average exposure to no more than 2000 microteslas (µT) for occupational exposure and 100-400 µT for general public exposure. However, this advice may vary depending on personal health and wellbeing needs.

How Can I Reduce the Risk of EMF Emissions from Sex Toys?

To reduce the risk of sex toy-emitted EMFs, it’s important to remember and follow the recommended exposure limits. If a sex toy is found to emit EMFs above the limit, keep it as far away as possible from pregnant women, for example. Additionally, try to minimise the time spent near or around these toys and reduce their usage if you are unsure of their emissions. The easiest way to avoid EMFs altogether is to use manual toys rather than motorised ones.

What are Some Examples of Low EMF Sex Toys?

Low-EMF toys include any that don’t require internet or Bluetooth connection, such as app-controlled toys. Rechargeable sex toys will give off some EMFs, but if they have a battery-operated remote control, the emissions increase slightly. The easiest way to avoid EMFs altogether is to use manual toys rather than motorised ones.


From our research, it seems that the levels of EMF emissions from sex toys are low, and there is little evidence to link health issues with mobile phones, which transmit more radiofrequency (and therefore EMF) than sex toys ever would. However, if you’re still concerned, you can use an EMF meter to measure emissions. Ultimately, you can avoid sex toys that have batteries, vibrations, or connectivity, all of which will naturally have some EMF emissions. Instead, opt for manual products for stimulation.