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Beginner's Guide to Choosing a Butt Plug


Have you ever thought that the back-door can be source of a lot of fun? If you don’t know, the anus is full of bundles of nerves both internally and externally. You may have heard about the positive reactions to anal play, but if you’ve never experienced it yourself, we recommend trying it at least once. One of the most fun ways to play with all things anal is with the help of a butt plug. It’s not a glamorous name, but it is delightful for playing for up to hours on end. Wear it while you’re out and about or during intercourse (or both) and find out what everyone’s raving about.

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What are Butt Plugs?

Butt plugs go, well, you know where. However, what you may not be aware of is the anatomy of a butt plug. The plug is very narrow at one end, which is designed to slowly stretch your anus and make it ready to take more. The toy gradually gets larger in diameter, then gets smaller again, much like the shape of a spade. The anal plug has a handle or grip of some sort for safety purposes—the anus really likes to take in what it can, and you don’t want something to get stuck, which can lead to a very awkward conversation with your doctor.

Who Can Use Butt Plugs?

One of the great things about butt plugs is that they are absolutely for everybody. Women and women, men and men, women and men, people flying solo, and a group of people can all enjoy everything about butt plugs. These toys don’t discriminate—after all, we’ve all got a booty that needs some love. In short, if you’ve got an anus, you’ve got the potential for some serious fun. They can be used for short-term or prolonged stimulation, during sex or masturbation, or even for enjoyment while you’re vacuuming the house. If you’re out in public, you get to feel naughty all day!

Butt Plugs for Women

Backdoor play isn’t just for men. In fact, many women love the fullness that comes with butt plugs. When you climax, having a butt plug inserted makes the orgasm feel that much stronger, as the nerve endings are even more stimulated. In addition, the butt plug pushes against the vaginal wall, feeling tighter for a male partner. Women love the dual sensation of being filled on both ends.

Butt Plugs for Men

Many men really enjoy anal stimulation. Butt plugs specifically put a little bit of pressure on the prostate, which can produce full-body orgasms that will bring you to your knees. It’s not just that, though. An orgasm that happens when a butt plug is in place will cause the anus to contract against the plug, causing an even stronger sensation.

Types of Butt Plugs

While butt plugs are fairly straightforward, there are some different varieties out there that can get you excited just thinking about it.

Classic Butt Plugs

Doc Johnson Red Boy Large Butt Plug

Sometimes traditional is best. After all, why mess with a good thing. What we mean by a traditional butt plug is one that comes to a point and has a tapered design. It essentially has the appearance of a spade, and there is a handle or flared point at the base. The flare is to prevent it from getting pulled into your rectum entirely. If you’re new to butt plugs, a traditional design is probably a good place to start. Start with one that has a smaller diameter then work your way up to the heftier models. In fact, you may be able to get a beginner’s set of butt plugs, each getting increasingly larger so you can train yourself to take in bigger and better things.

We recommend: Doc Johnson Red Boy Large Butt Plug



Jeweled Butt Plugs

Solid Steel Jeweled Butt Plug

Who doesn’t like something pretty? There is a large selection of butt plugs that are designed to look beautiful while inserted. If you’re looking for a kinky gift to get your partner, a jeweled butt plug may be just the trick. Walk around town with it in knowing that you’re the princess of kink—but no one else needs know that! Jeweled plugs come in different sizes and colors so you can get your favorite look or collect multiples.

We recommend: Solid Steel Jeweled Butt Plug (14 Colors!)



Vibrating Butt Plugs

Rocks Off 7 Speed Butt Throb Silicone Plug

That’s right. The sensations that promise a heated orgasm in other toys has been applied to the butt plug. There are so many nerve endings in the anus that adding a vibrator into the mix will double your fun. If you wear it during sex or masturbation, you’ll be pushed farther than before with an intense orgasm that can shake you to your core.

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Inflatable Butt Plugs

Fetish Fantasy Extreme Vibrating Inflatable Sphincter Stretcher

For those of you looking for something a little different, an inflatable butt plug may be just the thing. This is the perfect option for training your anus to take more and more. This type of toy is shaped like a standard butt plug, but it also includes a hand pump that’s designed to slowly fill you up until you say stop. This can actually be a good choice for newbies, even if they look a little complicated.

We recommend: Fetish Fantasy Extreme Vibrating Inflatable Sphincter Stretcher



Animal Tail Butt Plugs

Icicles No. 38 Glass Handled Whip and Dildo

Take control of your fantasies by investing in a butt plug that has a cute, playful animal tail attached to it. Take on a new persona and feel the sensations of hairs tickling all of your sensitive areas. We promise you’ll have fun, and think of the possibilities if you and a playmate each have a frisky little tail. Just remember to use lots of lube to keep things slippery and fun!

We recommend: Icicles No. 38 Glass Handled Whip and Dildo



Large Butt Plugs

Doc Johnson Raging Large Realistic Butt Plug

These are not for beginners. Large butt plugs can get up to three inches in diameter. If that sounds daunting to you, it may be right now, but if you turn into an anal addict, you may just find yourself craving a larger size. Work your way up slowly and get used to being filled. Not to mention, as the saying goes. bigger is better and practice makes perfect!

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Textured Butt Plugs

Doc Johnson Anal Delight Jellie Butt Plug

The traditional design of a butt plug is super smooth, but if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, you may want to look at some of the plugs that have extra textures. You’ll get a different form of stimulation inside your anus, and some plugs are designed to add a little something extra right at your back-door. Experiment and find out what you like best. Who knows—you may just love it all!

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Butt Plug Materials

Butt plugs come in a variety of materials. Depending on what sensations you’re seeking, you may choose one over the others. However, if you discover that you just love anal play, you may decide to get a little of everything.

Metal Butt Plugs

Fifty Shades Darker Beyond Erotic Steel Butt Plug

Metal butt plugs offer the opportunity for some serious temperature play. Heat it up or cool it down—any way is sure to please. These types of toys are also non porous, making them extremely easy to clean and maintain! Plus, metal toys are often weighty, meaning you get the stimulation you crave while really knowing it’s in there.  

We recommend: Fifty Shades Darker Beyond Erotic Steel Butt Plug



Silicone Butt Plugs

Small Soft Silicone Jeweled Butt Plug (14 Colors!) Silicone butt plugs are a classic option, and is a good choice for beginners. They are silky smooth and promise loads of fun and fullness. Silicone is non-porous and hypoallergenic. Not to mention, they are really easy to keep clean—an important factor in any sex toy.These toys will slide right in with a your favorite water-based lubricant, however careful never to use silicone lubricants with silicone toys.

We recommend: Small Soft Silicone Jeweled Butt Plug (14 Colors!)

Glass Butt Plugs

Icicles No. 48 Glass Butt Plug with Flower Base If you’re quickly discovering that you love anal playtime, it may be time to consider a sleek and beautiful glass butt plug. Like metal, it’s particularly receptive to temperature play. Stick it in ice water or run it under hot water and let the good feelings take over. Make sure to take good care of your glass toys to prevent chips and damage.

We recommend: Icicles No. 48 Glass Butt Plug with Flower Base(14 Colors!)

Caring For Your Butt Plug

When you buy a butt plug, the expectation is that it will last a long time and bring you hours upon hours of fun. That being said, if you want your toys to last, you need to take care of them.

Before you play with any new toy, it needs to be washed. Use a toy cleaner or soap and water. Then you can get in on the action. After you are done playing with your butt plug, it needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Some toys are dishwasher safe, while other need to be cleaned by hand. You may want to disinfect by putting it in boiling water. If your butt plug has a vibrator, make sure you remove it before cleaning.

Storage is another important aspect of toy care. Keep all of your toys separate, as different materials can deteriorate when there is prolonged contact. Glass toys should be protected to avoid any dings. If your butt plug has a vibrator, make sure you store it without the batteries, and always make sure you have a backup in case it starts to lose some steam.

Choosing a Butt Plug

There are quite a few options for butt plugs, as you can clearly see. But how do you begin to choose one?

  • Budget – There is actually a little bit of range in terms of what you can expect to pay for a butt plug. You may want to start with one that’s less expensive, especially if you’re not sure if you’re going to be into it. However, if you want to treat yourself to a luxury plug, go for it!
  • Size – Size is probably the most important factor when it comes to choosing a butt plug. While you may feel brave, you’ll really want to start with something smaller and work your way up. Butt plus are measured by diameter and girth. Girth refers to the size around while the diameter refers to the width across.
  • Material – Different materials will do different things to your body, sometimes in delightfully surprising ways. Metal and glass are rigid and heavy, while silicone is a little more flexible.  

How to Play With Your Butt Plug

First things first, you’ll want to get in the right mood. Even if you’re excited about anal play, it can still be a bit surprising if you’re not prepared for it. Have a playmate help you out, or do it yourself by bringing yourself close to climaxing. Engage in some serious foreplay and get ready to ramp up the fun.

Start slowly and use a smaller toy to begin with. Coat the butt plug in lube and add some lube to your anus. Position yourself in a way that makes you comfortable. Getting on all fours, lying on your back with a pillow underneath your butt, lying on your stomach with a pillow underneath, or squatting over the toy are all fine positions to start. Ease it in very slowly, and if you feel any discomfort, stop, relax, and try to start again.

As a beginner, you should only leave it in for about 10 minutes or so—any more and you may get over stimulated. Try leaving it in for longer periods of time each time you play. In fact, you can leave it in there for hours for extended stimulation. However, you should reapply lube every so often to avoid discomfort. If you feel any type of pain, take the plug out immediately.

Lube for Your Butt Plug

As we said before, it’s extremely important to use lube when you play with any anal toys. Your anus simply doesn’t have any natural lubrication, and you really don’t want any unpleasant friction. There are three main kinds of lubricants: silicone, water-based, and oil based. If you’re using a glass or metal plug, feel free to use any kind of lubricant. Oil-based lubes tend to last longer than water-based, but isn’t applying it part of the fun?

It’s important to note that if you are playing with a silicone toy you should only use water-based lubricants. Other types of lube can cause the silicone to break down, and then you won’t get to play with your toy anymore.

Butt plugs are a great way to introduce yourself to anal play and can set you up for anal sex. Whether you’re new or experienced, butt plugs are a great toy that’s bound to bring you tons of fun.