Local courier companies began informing their customers that a list of items, including adult toys, are illegal to import and will be seized by the Customs and Excise Division if they are imported.
While it seems that this is simply an old English law that we copied and paste when we were drawing up our constitution, when asked whether police would be enforcing this law as well, newly appointed Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said, “There are laws in TT, if anyone breaks the law, the police would be obliged and will act in the manner that they are expected to so do.”
In addition to a complete ban on all adult toys, citizens are also banned from importing camouflage-patterned clothing, shoes, game controllers, headphones or any item with a camouflage pattern. Honey, cigarettes, tobacco, tobacco products, plants, soil and toy guns are also prohibited. Ironically, real guns can still flow into the country.
We ask ourselves how silly it is in modern times and how would it affect female health in TT.
Here are just some of the reasons it’s worth to have adult toys in ur country:
1. Great sex is good for you
One area sex toys can help with is simply making sex more enjoyable, helping couples discover what turns them on.
Having great sex can promote health and wellbeing by improving your mood and physically making you feel good. Using a sex toy can spice up a flagging sex life and bring a bit of fun into your life. A sex toy will make you feel great as well as promoting your circulation and the release of the “feel good factors” during an orgasm
2. Sex toys can rejuvenate vaginas
Some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of the menopause are gynaecological. Declining levels of the hormone oestrogen can lead to vaginal tightness, dryness and atrophy. This can lead to painful sex and decreased sex drive.
But vibrators can alieve these symptoms (by improving the tone and elasticity of vaginal walls and improving sexual sensation) and also promote vaginal lubrication.
Sex toys can also be useful following gynaecological surgery or even after childbirth to keep the vaginal tissue flexible, preventing it from becoming too tight and also promoting to blood flow to the area to speed up healing.
3. Sex toys help men too
Men can benefit from toys too. Men who use them are less likely to be burdened with erectile dysfunction, difficulty orgasming and low sex drive.
They are also more likely to be aware of their sexual health, making them more likely to notice any abnormalities and seek medical advice.
Male products can help men overcome erectile dysfunction, following prostate surgery or treatment, diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injury and neurological conditions by promoting the blood flow into the erectile tissues and stimulating the nerves to help the man have an erection without them having to take Viagra.
4. Sex isn’t just about penetration
There’s a reason sexperts stress the importance of foreplay. Most women just cannot orgasm through penetration alone no matter how turned on they are. Stimulating the clitoris can be the key to satisfying climaxes and sex toys can make that easier. Vibrators can be really useful for vulval pain conditions such as vulvodynia where penetration can be tricky to achieve.
By becoming aware of how her body feels through intimate massage and exploration using a vibrator and lubricant and relaxation techniques, a woman who has vulvodynia can become more relaxed and comfortable with her body and her symptoms may lessen. It also allows intimate sex play when penetration is not possible.
5. Vibrators can be better than medical dilators for vaginismus
Vaginismus, a condition in which a woman’s vaginal muscles tense up involuntarily, when penetration is attempted is generally treated using medical dilators of increasing sizes to allow the patient to begin with the thinnest dilator and slowly progress to the next size. But not all women get on with these.
Women’s health physiotherapist Michelle Lyons, says she often tries to get her sexual health patients to use a vibrator instead of a standard dilator.
“They (hopefully) already associate the vibrator with pleasure, which can be a significant help with their recovery from vaginismus/dyspareunia. We know from the research that low frequency vibrations can be sedative for the pelvic floor muscles, whereas higher frequencies are more stimulating. After all, the goal of my sexual rehab clients is to return to sexual pleasure, not just to ‘tolerate’ the presence of something in their vagina!”
To Sum Up
For all of these reasons and many other we think that adult toys are better than guns. Still, the law is the law so next time you try to order an adult toy – make sure to have this article in mind.
Comment on this post and on our Facebook page to let us know what you think – should adult toys be banned or should this old law be amended?