Bondage, Discipline, Dominance & Submission (BDSM)

BDSM is derived from the terms bondage & discipline, dominance & submission, and sadism & masochism. BDSM
describes a variety of activities and relationships. While not always sexual in nature, BDSM almost always
eroticized by the participants in some fashion.



  • Know ahead how far you want to go

  • Negotiate safety, including risks related to HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STD’s

  • Know your SAFE WORD


  • BDSM toys present different levels of risk. Know what you are playing with and know the right way
    to disinfect them.

  • Condoms are a great way to preserve your toys and your body!

  • General cleanliness is a factor.

  • Moving objects from the anus into the vagina can cause bacterial infections.

  • Needles are only safe when used on ONE person. They pose the greatest risk if shared.

  • One toy, One person!


  • Plugs, gags, cutting blades, etc. should be disinfected between each person. These pose a great
    risk if shared without cleaning.


  • Ropes, cuffs, floggers, paddles present a lower risk but it is still possible that small traces
    of body fluids may be left behind.

  • Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B


  • Find out what the proper cleaning method is for your toys. Different materials respond
    differently to disinfectants. When using disinfectants rinse toy thoroughly before inserting
    into any part of the body. Disinfecting is NOT 100% and nothing is as valuable as knowing your
    partner and their history.

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