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How To Choose and Use Anal Sex Toys


Whether the hype about increases in the popularity of anal sex is true or not, anal sex play (which includes both anal penetration as well as external stimulation of the anus or any part of the ass) is a safe and healthy way to explore sexual and erotic potential. Anal sex play focuses on both physical and psychological pleasure that other forms of sex play may not, and for many people (alone and with partners) exploring anal sex play opens up new avenues that impact other aspects of their sex lives. Of course for many others anal sex play holds no, or only a passing interest.

One way to explore anal sex play is through the use of anal sex toys. In theory any sex toy you use to stimulate the anus, rectum or prostate is an anal sex toy. But because of safety issues related to anal sex play in general, I recommend only using sex toys that are designed to be there are important safe for anal sex play. It’s also important to understand and follow the basic rules of anal sex to make sure you play with your sex toys safely.

There are three kinds of anal sex toys, which each focus on a different aspect of anal pleasure: butt plugs, anal beads, and anal dildos.

Here are some basic tips on choosing and using anal sex toys:

  • If you’re not sure where to start, it’s always best to start small, slow, and with lots of lubricant.

  • Thicker lubes generally tend to be better for anal play because they stay where you put them better than thinner lubes, which spread more easily.

  • Many anal toys feature a curve designed for prostate stimulation which can also be used for g-spot stimulation.

  • It’s worth repeating the main safety concern, which is to only use toys with some sort of flared base or barrier to prevent the whole toy from entering the rectum, and make sure your toy is smooth and seamless.
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