Opening yourself to backdoor fun? Wondering what types of anal sex toys would fit your preferences? We got you covered. This guide is all about the five main types of anal toys and how to choose the right type for your needs.
Anal sex is slowly turning mainstream. Back in the day, anal play would be condemned and would even be considered “extreme” by most people. But thanks to various platforms showcasing the pleasurable benefits of butt sex, more people are opening themselves to this sensual play, thinking of the activity as more of out-of-the-box play rather than as something extremely dirty.
And because people have become more accepting of the act, more people are also indulging and making it part of their sexual routine. More anal toys have also emerged in the market because of this.
If you’re unfamiliar with anal toys, these are types of toys, as the name implies, that you use in your butt. Some toys should be thrust in and out, while other types are designed to stay in place. They offer various sensations on the bum but one thing’s for sure— all of these sensations are hella pleasurable.
Different Types of Anal Sex Toys
Keep in mind that there’s no one-toy-fits-all. Everyone has different preferences, so certain types of anal toys may work for others, but might feel iffy on your end. That’s why it’s important to learn the five types of anal sex toys as this will give you a proper basis of what to get for your sexcapades. Let’s get started!
This is probably one of the types of anal sex toys that you’re most familiar with. A butt plug, as the name implies, a type of anal toy that you “plug” in your butt. Unlike the other types on this list, you don’t have to thrust it in and out of your anus. You just keep the butt plug in as you do your other sexual activities.
It usually consists of three parts. First is the bulb, the part that you insert on your bum. Bulbs from regular butt plugs are thin and spade-shaped, but you can find butt plugs with non-conventional bulbs too. Take note though: Most of them aren’t beginner-friendly. We highly suggest trying out the regular and beginner ones first.
The second part is the neck. Also known as the notch, the neck is the part that connects the bulb with the flared base, ensuring that the toy will hold in place during the deed.
The third part is the flared base. This is such a vital part of a butt plug (and anal sex toys in general). This part ensures that the whole toy wouldn’t be inserted into your rectum.
Aside from providing that sensual feeling of fullness, butt plugs are also one of the types of anal sex toys that you can incorporate in various kinks. For example, if you’re into roleplaying or pet play, you can wear a butt plug with a tail on the deed.
If you’re not into filling your bum with a butt plug, you might like this one instead.
Anal beads are a row of silicone, glass, ABS, or stainless steel beads, held together by a silicone/nylon string. The beads start small at the tip, then gradually become larger as you reach the base part of the toy. To play with this anal toy, you can either just keep the beads inside during intercourse or masturbation, or slide it in and out of your anus.
What’s great about this one as compared to other types of anal sex toys is its versatility. It’s also perfect for beginners on anal sex. It’s not as overwhelming as a butt plug since, with this love toy, you’re just inserting a small bead in your bum.
This is actually a type of butt plug, but since it provides a different function from a regular butt plug and is catered to a specific sex, we added it in our types-of-anal-sex-toys guide.
Before explaining what a prostate massager is, let’s talk about the prostate first.
The prostate gland is exclusive to people with penises. It’s a walnut-sized organ that lies 3 inches up into the anterior wall of the anal cavity. When you stimulate this organ, it can lead to mindblowing orgasms. Some even call it the “G-Spot for Males” because of the strong Os that it can bring.
The only downside is it can be tricky to stimulate. If you want to touch this spot with your fingers, penis, or a dildo, you’ll need tons of patience in finding it. However, you can shortcut this process by using a prostate massager.
A prostate massager is specifically made to stimulate the prostate gland. It usually has a curved and segmented body to accommodate a man’s anatomy. It also vibrates, ensuring to stimulate that sweet spot with ease and precision.
Most dildos can be used for anal play– as long as it has a flared base, you’re good to go! However, if you want a more specific dildo for backdoor fun, don’t worry as there are also anal dildos available in the market.
Anal dildos have usually these two features– a wider flared base and a curved shaft. The wider flared base ensures that you can remove the dildo with ease while the curved shaft helps in stimulating the prostate gland. They’re also smaller as compared to regular dildos– most anal dildos are 1 inch in thickness and 4 inches in length.
If you want some buzzing sensations during your backdoor fun, you’ll surely love this one! An Anal Vibrator is a vibrator that’s designed for your bum. Similar to regular vibes, it usually comes with multiple vibration modes. Some also have to rotate, oscillating, and thrusting motions in it. The only difference to this one though is that an anal vibrator has a flared base.
Ways to Figure Out Which Anal Toy Is Right for You
Now that you’ve learned about the five main types of anal sex toys, you’ve probably picked some types that you would want to try. But before clicking the checkout on our lauvette shop, here are some factors that you should consider when choosing the right anal toy for you.
1Evaluate your experience level.
We get that you already want to experience getting penetrated with a 6-incher, but if you’re just a beginner on anal play, don’t go that route just yet. When looking for an anal toy, make sure that it fits your experience level. If you’re new to the game, choose types of anal sex toys that are suitable for beginners. Already experienced and wanted to try more challenging toys? Go for anal dildos or bigger butt plugs.
2Know the toy’s material.
Aside from finding the right types of sex toys for your preferences, you also need to find your preferred material. If you’re just starting out on backdoor fun, you can opt for anal toys with softer materials such as rubber, latex, and silicone. The downside of this though is that you can’t use silicone-based lubricants in it, the ideal type of lube for anal sex.
Once you’re used to anal play, you can opt for harder materials such as metals, glass, and wood– they’re easier to clean and you can use silicone-based lubes with it.
Also, make sure that your anal toy is made with body-safe and non-toxic materials. Avoid anal toys that are made with jelly rubber, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and phthalates. You also need to check if the material of your love toy is non-porous. If it’s non-porous, then it’s safe to use– bacteria can’t penetrate into them. On the other hand, if the material is porous, steer away from that, as bacteria can thrive there no matter how many times you would sanitize it.
3Is your anal toy for solo or couple play?
Another factor to consider is if you’re going to use it solo or with someone. If you’re going solo, you can basically get anything that fits your needs and desires. If you’re gonna do anal play with someone though, we suggest going for anal sex toys that have remote or anal toys that can be used by couples, such as double-ended dildos. You also have to consider if you’re into kinks such as roleplaying or BDSM, as you can incorporate certain types of anal sex toys on kinky plays.
4Consider the size of your toy.
This, of course, depends on your anal experience level as we said in the beginning. It’s important to consider size when you start looking into anal toys. This is especially important when choosing butt plugs, because they vary hugely in size depending upon your experience level and needs. Start with smaller sized products, and slowly work up to larger sizes. Graduating in size can be done over the course of weeks, months, or not at all – stop whenever you feel comfortable.
5Pinpoint your desired stimulation.
When choosing an anal toy, you would also want to consider what type of stimulation you particularly enjoy as you have backdoor play. Perhaps you like prostate stimulation with anal play? The prostate, which is a walnut-size gland located about 2 inches up the anal canal in people with penises, is a major pleasure point. When stimulated, it can intensify penile orgasms and potentially induce prostate orgasms. Butt plugs, dildos, wand attachments, you name it: If it can go in your butt, then there are probably variations for folks with prostates that are shaped to provide prostate stimulation specifically.
Or maybe you want to play with your biggest toy that evening? Would you like to be prepped and ready for anal sex that night? If you’re looking to prep yourself for easier penetration, you need to find something that will help you adjust your butt to the size of a larger item. If you’d like to “set it and forget it”, a butt plug just slightly smaller than the item you’d like to later receive can be a good choice. You can also get an anal dildo that’s slightly smaller than the item you’d like to receive later.
6Familiarize with the toy’s features.
Lastly, make sure to choose types of anal sex toys that have your preferred features. Do you want an anal toy that can be chilled? Something that has vibrations? An anal toy that can also work for G-Spot stimulation? Something hi-tech and app-controlled? Something that can work for couples?
Once you’ve figured out the features that you want, list it down (along with your other preferences) and use that list as the basis when shopping for anal toys.
7Know that hygiene is key.
When it comes to cleaning before and after anal, what cleaning decisions you make with your toys depend on varying scenarios. You are, of course, inserting a toy into your anus, so sometimes, people prefer to clean up before anal play. You would want to clean down there thoroughly through anal douching.
If you’re in a rush, you can use alcohol-free or baby wipes for a quick clean. If you’re looking for another easy cleaning option, go to the bathroom 30-60 minutes before you begin anal play. Empty your bowels and wash the anal area with regular soap and warm water. Unscented, hypoallergenic baby wipes are a great alternative.
8Always include lube with any anal toy.
In any type of anal play, using lube is essential. The anus does not lubricate naturally like the vagina, so you need to help it out a bit. Since a butt plug can stay in the body for long periods of time, you should always apply enough lubricant to ensure the easy and pleasurable removal of the plug. Remember that there are different types of lubes such as water based, silicone and oil based lubes. A water based lube is ideal for silicone toys while silicone based lube is preferred in anal sex. Slow and slippery is key!
9Recognize that there are plenty of ways to enjoy anal sex toys.
Unfortunately, it’s been a common misconception that butt plugs are just a warm-up for anal intercourse. Of course they can be, but they can also be the main course. You can wear them for solo pleasure, as part of your masturbation routine, just because they make you feel naughty, or even during a date in public. Each partner can be wearing them during vaginal sex, or during the entire intimate time together. However, the best thing about butt plugs, is that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation.
10Always go for a flared base.
Because butt plugs and anal beads can be enjoyed hands-free, as we’ve also mentioned in the earlier portion, they should always have a flared base. Or else, there’s a significant risk of the product slipping too far into the anal canal and traveling up the colon – which may cause serious bodily harm. A flared base prevents the toy from being inserted entirely and makes retrieval not only easy but possible. If you are new to anal sex toys, start off by wearing it for short periods of time. It’s never a good idea to take a brand new toy for a spin outside in public, say during a long dinner or a concert.
Get Seamless Backdoor Play With These Essentials
Before experiencing a *hole* new world of sexplorations through anal play, make sure to learn the different types of anal sex toys. As we’ve mentioned earlier, a specific anal toy may work for others, but not on your end. By doing this, you’ll surely get something that works for your preferred type of anal stimulation and other specific needs.
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