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Extended Wear Butt Plugs

How Long Can You Wear a Butt Plug For?

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Updated June 18, 2014

It will probably come as no surprise that there hasn't been a lot of clinical research in the area of extended butt plug wearing (also sometimes called butt plug training). Yet people, for a variety of reasons, sometimes want to keep a butt plug in for longer than a single sex play encounter, and may wonder about the safety of doing so.

Why Wear a Butt Plug for an Extended Period of Time?

For many people, inserting a butt plug and then leaving it there for several hours, is not, per se, a sexual activity. Once it's in, it may not even provide stimulation that an individual finds sexually arousing (after a while some people even stop noticing it's there). There are different reasons people give for wanting to keep a butt plug in for a long period of time.

For some people it is purely about getting their rectum and sphincter muscles comfortable with an object inserted in the body. As with any part of the body, if there is touch (or penetration) we aren't used to, even when it is highly desired, our bodies can respond with tension. Exploring anal masturbation is one way to develop comfort and knowledge about your body's response, and butt plugs can be a useful tool to that end.

For other people wearing a butt plug all day, or at least at times when they aren't engaging in sex with a partner, is a way of staying connected to their partner. In relationships where partners are exploring power, dominance and submission, it might be that one partner requires the other to wear a butt plug to work under their clothes. Of course the "requirement" is something both people have consented to (otherwise we wouldn't call that sex, we would call that sexual abuse or sexual coercion).

There are many other reasons people are interested in wearing butt plugs for extended periods of time. And what most of those people want to know is…

Is It Safe?

To answer this question all we have to go on are anecdotal reports from folks who have tried and succeeded or failed to various degrees in their extended wearing of butt plugs. It's not possible to say that butt plugs should only be used for 30 minutes, or never worn for more than four hours. Certainly butt plugs can be worn for longer periods of time. What seems to be the safest answer though is that you should take the plug out every now and then.

The major concern with having a butt plug in for a long time seems to be that if you keep a butt plug in for a while, the lubricant that you (should have) used when inserting it, will dry up.  When all the lubricant evaporates and you have a dry butt plug in your rectum there is a much better chance that when you take it out it will hurt, and it could create tears in the lining of the rectum. The tearing may be minor (and for most people it will heal) but it increases your chances of an infection and if you're having unprotected anal sex with a partner and they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it can increase your chances of transmission of the STI.

The Bottom Line:

So in the absence of any tested best practice guidelines, the best advice from those who have done it before seems to be that you can keep a plug in for many hours, but you'd be wise to take it out now and then and reapply lubricant.

Of course if you have specific concerns or reasons why you think this might be a difficult thing for you to do with your body, you should think about talking with a doctor who knows you. It can be embarrassing, and doctors aren't usually well trained in the area of sexual pleasure, but your doctor should be willing to answer your questions, and hopefully do so with a minimum of editorial comment.

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