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Anal Sex Toys: Know Your Way Around the Back Alley – The Frisky

~ FEBRUARY 2023 ~

Males, females, and all genders and sexualities in between have shown an increased interest in anal sex over the last decade.

In fact, according to one research, 72% of Americans have tried it at least once in their lifetime. Anal sex opens you up to a new level of pleasure and can be a great addition to your sex life.

However, with people being so open to anal play, sex toy makers have gone out of their way to deliver all kinds of tools and gear that can enhance the experience. While exploring new trinkets can be lots of fun, the most important part of making the journey pleasurable is education. Learning about anal toys allows you to try new things while also letting you know exactly what to expect. This knowledge can be a big factor in how much fun you will have.

So, whether you are a solo explorer or have a partner who likes to experiment with new kinks, here are the basics about anal sex and the toys that can make it even more fantASStic.

Anal Sex: The Spice You Never Knew You Needed

If you feel ready to explore new kinds of pleasure, it might be time to introduce anal play to your bedroom activities. Since you probably already know how anal sex works — or can at least imagine the gist of it — we won’t go into details about the act itself here. Instead, we will give you the most vital information to help make the adventure more satisfying.

Always Use Lubricants

Playing in this region requires plenty of lube. That is because anal glands don’t produce enough lubrication. Therefore, a dry intrusion could be painful or even cause tears in the sensitive tissue. To avoid this, make sure to lube your bum, finger, and any toy before you start playing.

Keep Everything Clean

Cleanliness is crucial, especially while exploring the booty region! It prevents fecal matter from touching the toys and also keeps your bottom clean after play. Therefore, make sure to clean every piece of your gear with warm water and soap before and after each use.

Relax and Go Slow

If you are a beginner, it’s always good to start slow — using only a finger, a smaller anal toy, or the tip of the penis to allow the pucker to open up gradually. You can also consider purchasing an anal kit that contains everything you need for a safe and satisfying journey into the world of anal sex.

Types of Anal Toys

There are toys for everyone these days, no matter how experienced they are in anal play. That said, here are the six most common types you can find on the market.

Anal Beads

The name pretty much says it all about what this toy is and what it looks like. Simply put, it is a set of beads made from ABS plastic or silicone, strung together or affixed to a silicone molded base. The smallest bead is placed at the end you insert first, and the balls become increasingly larger from there.

You can find different kinds of anal beads, with the latest models containing weights or being able to vibrate. Furthermore, they come in different sizes, making them perfect for beginners. However, if you decide to use this toy, make sure to choose a model with a T-shaped handle or a retrieval string for easy removal.

Although you are free to come up with your own rules, we recommend inserting anal beads and wearing them during sex only to extract them right before orgasm hits you. You can do this slowly or quickly, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Anal Dildos

Dildos are phallic-shaped gadgets used to mimic a thrusting sensation. Of course, they come in a wide range of girths, shapes, colors, and lengths. That means you’ll probably need to try a couple before finding the one suitable for you.

You can use dildos in every hole. However, the ones you choose for the back entrance should have a broad base or a specific design preventing it from going too far up. That is because the anal muscles contract hard, especially during orgasms, which can lead a toy to be pulled into the body. Flared bases act as a barrier, preventing the toy from being drawn too far into the body and saving you from an embarrassing trip to the ER.

Butt Plugs

Butt plugs are like soul mates — there’s one for everybody. Generally speaking, these toys are shorter than dildos and feature a flanged end to keep the plug in place. That is because they are intended to stay in the anus during your sexcapades. Dildos, on the other hand, are meant to simulate the in and out motion.

Basically, butt plugs give you a fantastic sense of fullness and make the climax feel more intense. We recommend it for both partners because they stimulate the prostate and front wall of the anus. In addition, you can experiment with vibrating, non-vibrating, weighted, jeweled, textured, inflatable, and countless other butt plugs before finding the one that fits your backside perfectly.

Anal Vibrators

Unlike butt plugs, anal vibrators are meant to provide various sensations with a number of movements. These toys can pulse, vibrate, and rotate at different patterns and speeds. Anal vibrators are usually slimmer and smaller than their vaginal counterparts and sport a flanged base.

Additionally, they contain extremely powerful motors that allow vibrations to pass past the strong muscles of the sphincter and rectum. Plugs are beneficial to both men and women. Still, men find them especially appealing since they transmit powerful sensations directly to the prostate.

Prostate Massagers

The prostate reacts to vibration, massage, and pressure the same way as the g-spot. That means you can use prostate massagers to stimulate it and experience spine-buzzing orgasms.

Although various models are available — beads, vibrators, and plugs — all prostate stimulators usually feature a special curve designed to hit the special p-spot. However, it’s important to remember that the prostate requires foreplay. At the same time, too much p-spot play can be uncomfortable. Therefore, ensure to include a bit of warm-up stimulation first.

Anal Probe

A probe is similar to a small, narrow dildo or vibrator, except it has a smooth body and tapering tip. This toy is popular because of its versatility: you can use it for clitoral, vaginal, and anal stimulation. Moreover, probes are available in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Some vibrate, whereas others don’t.

Probes are significantly longer than vibrators, allowing for more intense prostate and g-spot stimulation. Furthermore, their sleekness is ideal for mimicking the movement of intercourse. All things considered, it’s the ideal toy for exploring different pleasure zones.

The Bottom Line (Pun Intended)

There are still a lot of misconceptions and prejudice about anal sex. As a result, some might be hesitant to explore this part of their sexuality. For this reason, it’s crucial to openly communicate your likes, dislikes, and fears with your partner beforehand.

In any case, anal play and anal toys can be a great way to spice up your solo play, improve your love life, and increase intimacy with your partner. It’s only a matter of experimenting with all the options available until you find the ones that make your toes curl.

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