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How to Choose Anal Sex Toys


There are a lot of myths out there surrounding anal sex that should be cleared up once and for all. For one, it can be just as pleasurable for women as it is for men. While it may seem taboo at first, just know that you’re in good company if you find that you enjoy all things anal. If you’re interested in having anal sex, or even if you’re just experimenting with anal play, anal sex toys are the right place to start. From beginner-level anal beads to monster-sized dildos, there’s something for every taste and experience level.

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What are Anal Sex Toys?

Anal sex toys are just like what you think—they are special toys designed specifically for back-door play. While it may seem tempting to just put anything in, it’s important to note that for safety’s sake you should only use toys designed specifically for the anus. Your anus has the ability to take in quite a bit, and you definitely don’t want to get something stuck in there, leading to a very unfortunate visit to the doctor. The opposite is true – you want to enjoy yourself. Anal sex toys exhibit a dramatic range in size and textures that can lead to all sorts of pleasurable results.

Why Use an Anal Sex Toy?

Did you know that some of the most concentrated areas of nerve endings are in your anus? It’s true! It’s one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and anal sex toys give you the chance to explore that area. Many people like to experiment on their own time, as anal play can make your masturbatory adventures more exciting. Some people have even experienced an anal orgasm. Anal toys put pressure on the vaginal wall, enhancing a woman’s experience, and for men, anal toys can stimulate the prostate, which can create powerful orgasms.

Who Can Use Anal Sex Toys?

Anal toys are for everyone! Any sexual activity can be enhanced with a little bit (or a lot) of anal play. Men and women can both find the experience pleasurable. Basically, anal toys don’t discriminate, everyone has a booty, and we could all use some love and attention.

Types of Anal Sex Toys

There is a wide variety of anal sex toy styles. Some are better for anal novices, while others are ideal for more experienced anal addicts.

Anal Beads

Fetish Fantasy Elite Silicone Ball Cinch with Anal Beads

Anal beads are a great way to introduce yourself or a partner to anal play. Anal beads start small at one end, then you gradually work up to increasingly larger beads. There’s a handle of some sort at the end so you (or your partner) can control the flow. While you’re playing, you can leave them in for a while, then pull them out right as you start to orgasm—the sensations are unbelievable! It’s absolutely perfect for beginners looking for a new adventure, since it’s a gentle way to introduce things to your anus.

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Butt Plugs

Solid Steel Jeweled Butt Plug

Butt plugs are great for people new to anal play, as well as individuals who are experienced. It can feel a little kinky, especially because you can wear a butt plug while going about your daily business. Butt plugs have a small end that can gently be inserted, and the plug gradually gets larger. There is a handle at the base for safety, so nothing goes where it’s not supposed to go. There are small butt plugs meant to introduce beginners to this style of play, and there are larger butt plugs that seriously fill you up. For something pretty, consider a jeweled plug or add a vibrator into the mix and really set yourself on fire.

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Anal Dildos

Curved 6.5 Inch Realistic Penis Vibrating Dildo

This isn’t for beginners. Toys like butt plugs and anal beads are designed to stay in your anus during sex or masturbation, but a dildo is for getting hot and heavy via thrusting. They are available in different sizes, including some mega sizes that could be intimidating if you’re not ready for it. Some dildos can also be attached to strap-ons, while others have a suction cup so you can mount on a wall. Make sure you have plenty of lube!

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Prostate Massagers

LELO Hugo Luxury Powerful Remote Control Vibrating Prostate Massager

There are many great toys for internal stimulation in the anus, but one very special toy made just men is the prostate massager. It’s all about form when it comes to this toy. These toys are curved and designed to reach the prostate. The prostate is what produces ejaculate, and if you orgasm via prostate stimulation, you’ll feel effects that are practically earth-shattering. Warning: you may go weak at the knees. Go even farther by using a vibrating prostate massager. The vibrations will make you insatiable.

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Anal Sex Toy Kits

Juli Ashton's Anal Beginners Kit

If you’re new to anal activities, you’ll want to start slow and easy and train your way to bigger and bigger toys. If you plan on anal sex, playing with toys and practicing will get you prepared. Beginners may want to consider investing in a training kit. This will include a set of butt plugs, each slightly increasing in girth and width. Furthermore these kits come with enough variety that even the most experienced user can have a lot of fun!

We recommend: Juli Ashton's Anal Beginners Kit



Strap Ons

Fetish Fantasy Elite 8 Inch Hollow Vibrating Strap On

Get ready for some fun role playing. Strap-ons are for everybody. Many women enjoy taking control and giving their partner a whole new experience. Pegging (when a woman penetrates a man) is a popular couples activity that helps stimulate a man’s prostate, coaxing out a more powerful, full body orgasm. There are even hollow strap-ons that either a man or woman could wear. A man can feel a delightful massage while using one. Like many toys, it’s made even better with the addition of a vibrator. Send yourself or a playmate into ecstasy.

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Douches & Enemas

Colt Beaded Anal Douche

While douches aren’t really toys, it’s still important to mention. A douche is used to flush the anus, making sure you’re clean and fresh before any anal play. Using an anal douche may be a strange sensation at first, but you’ll get used to it. Then you can play around without worry. Wait for about an hour before playtime to make sure all of the fluids are out. Don’t douche too frequently or you run the risk of damage to your anus and the loss of important oils and bacteria.

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Anal Sex Toy Materials

Anal sex toys come in different materials. There are different benefits to each, and you may discover you like some better than others.

Metal Anal Toys

Aneros Tempo Stainless Steel S2 Anal Stimulator

Think about how warm or cool a metal toy could be. Put it in the fridge for a small shock to your system, or run it under warm water for a totally different sensation. These are strong, solid toys. Steel and metal anal toys last a lifetime with proper care and storage. Be sure to dry after cleaning with a toy cleaner or soap and water to prevent rusting.

We recommend: Aneros Tempo Stainless Steel S2 Anal Stimulator



Silicone Anal Toys

My First Silicone Surge 10 Function Vibrating Beginner Butt Plug

This is a particularly common toy material. Silicone is silky and hypoallergenic. It’s non-porous, making it easy to clean, and doesn't harbor harmful bacteria. Not to mention, silicone has a little bit of give to it, making it more flexible and a little easier for newbies. Use plent of water-based lurbicant with your silicone sex toy to amp up the fun!

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Glass Anal Toys

Icicles No. 27 Glass Pink Butt Plug

Glass is simply a delight. It lasts forever, is easy to clean, and it’s oh so smooth against your special places. Like metal, you can really get into temperature play as well. Made with shatter-resistant borosilicate or pyrex glass, these toys are completely safe to use internally. They're also non-porous making them perfect for anal exploration and play.

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Caring For Your Anal Sex Toys

Do you remember when you were a kid and you were told to take care of your toys? Well the same thing applies to adult toys today. You want to properly care for and store your toys so they can continue to bring you to ecstasy time and time again.

There’s an idea floating around out there that anal toys are dirty. Unless you don’t clean them and take care of them, that’s simply not true. Before you play with a new toy, it should be cleaned with either an antibacterial toy cleaner or with soap and water. Every time you play with your toys you need to clean them thoroughly. Some people use condoms on their anal toys to make cleanup easier.

You’ll also need to keep your toys stored properly when you’re not using them. Each toy should be in it’s own lint-free case or bag. Some materials can react badly to each other and cause deformities and melting, which you definitely don’t want.

Vibrators are wonderful tools for sending you over the edge, but you should store your toys with the batteries removed. Keep extra batteries on hand so you never have a drop in performance.

Choosing an Anal Sex Toy

As you can see, there are different anal sex toys to suit every taste, so how do you narrow down your choices?

  • Budget – Anal sex toys are available at many different price points, which is partially based on the material, the size, and the overall quality. Some beginner’s toys, such as anal beads and small butt plugs, are relatively inexpensive and can be a great way to introduce a new toy without breaking the bank. However, investing in a luxury toy could be just what you were looking for.  
  • Type of Play – Anal play is not all the same. Butt plugs, for example, can stay in for long periods of time, while other toys are meant for play at that moment.
  • Size – Size does matter, especially when it comes to anal play. Don’t start out with something huge for your first time. Instead, work your way up and get used to larger and larger toys until you’re ready for a willing partner or dildo.   
  • Material – Think about what kind of sensations you’re seeking and decide on what material you’re looking for. Silicone is flexible and good for both beginners and advanced practitioners. Metal and glass offer weight and rigidity, which promises amazing sensations.  
  • Battery Power – If you’re interested in a vibrator, think about how powerful the vibe is. The best way to guess is by looking at what and how many batteries it takes to power your toy.

How to Play with Your Anal Sex Toys

There are some folks who have accidentally encountered anal play or have been with a partner that did something unexpected. If you’re not prepared, it can be a bit of a shock to your system—not to mention uncomfortable.

Get heavy with foreplay or do what you need to get yourself in the mood. Some people even orgasm or come close to it before they start with back-door play. Be sure to use plenty of lube!

Never use something anally and then vaginally—you could contaminate yourself or your partner. Use condoms on toys that you want to serve double duty to keep things clean.

If you’ve never played with anal toys before, you’ll want to get yourself ready. So, you’re hot and bothered and you have lube—now it’s time to get down to business and get into a comfortable position. Get on all fours, lie on your back with a pillow under your butt, or lie on your stomach with a pillow under your crotch. Tease your entrance gently with the toy then gradually encourage it in. If it feels uncomfortable, stop, relax, and try again. And by all means, if it feels good, keep doing it!

Lube and Anal Sex Toys

Lube is non-negotiable when in comes to anal play. The anus has no way of lubricating itself, so unless you want something uncomfortable to happen, you’ll need lube. Use a water-based lubricant, as silicone or oil-based lubes can damage some of your toys.

Anal sex toys are great for introducing something a little forbidden into the bedroom (or wherever!). Take in the delicious sensations anal play can bring you and find out what others are raving about!