Any type of stimulation of the anus is known as anal play. Regardless of the sexual orientation of the partners, both of them can participate in anal play.
Due to the many nerve endings placed on the anal opening, it is one of the most delicate and sensitive parts of the human body. Such features make the anal play a highly pleasurable activity for both men and women. Women often enjoy anal stimulation because it can stimulate their G-spot directly. Same as women, the men find it pleasurable as well, as it can directly stimulate their P-spot, know as the prostate. Anal play is a normal, healthy action couples practice because it is satisfying and it can prevent pregnancy.
Depending on the harshness of the activities, the anal play can also be known as BDSM anal play as it can sometimes involve fisting and stimulating the anus with different anal sex toys. However, generally, the anal play includes fingering, licking, anal sex, anal douching, and pegging.
With any sort of anal play, especially the BDSM anal play, the safety should be a big concern. As mentioned, the anus is very sensitive and by using too much force it can be easily torn. That is why, every time when the anal play involved penetration, lubricants and condoms are recommended for use. The rectum and the anus do not produce lubricants naturally, therefore the area needs to be well lubricated before penetrated. The usage of condoms is also advised because it prevents the transmission of STIs. Condoms should be used to cover the sex toys included in the act such as butt plugs or dildos, in order to keep them clean and wet.