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March 28, 2021

What are anal sex toys?
Are anal sex toys safe?
How do I choose my first anal sex toy?
What is the best anal sex toy?
What lubricant is best for anal sex toys?


Hello and welcome back our Lovers & Lusters! If you're here, then you're curious about how to spice up your intimate life with some anal play. 

We won't be discussing how to prepare for anal penetration or anal sex today. We're going to be focusing on the different types of anal sex toys you can add to your collection.

Basic Information About Anal Play

For some, anal play may come naturally, and they may experience minimal discomfort. For others, it is a process of training your brain into enjoying the kind of pleasure that only anal play can provide.

For experienced anal lovers and new alike, there are a few things you need to know about before you enter that back door pleasure boutique.

    You Absolutely Need Lubrication

That's right, unless you're getting into some scat play (and even then, you should still use some,) you're going to need some lubrication. 

You can find our full article on how to choose a lubricanthere.

But the basics for choosing one for anal play are:

Silicone lubricants are ideal since they're long-lasting. However, you cannot use a silicone-based lubricant with a toy containing silicone. 

Oil-based can be used since they're technically the longest-lasting. However, they will damage or even break condoms and can ruin many toys.

Water-based lubricants are a great choice. However, your body will quickly absorb what water is in the formula, meaning you'll have to reapply.

We recommend having a selection of lubricants at your disposal regardless. That way, you can customise each pleasure-filled experience, like choosing a fine wine with a meal.

There are some unique hybrid (silicone and water combined) that you can use with toys, so check the product specifications to see if you can have the best of both worlds.


    Your Toy Needs to Have a Flared Base

As you may or may not be aware, sphincters like to pull things up into your anal canal, and they may be lost. This can lead to a very uncomfortable hospital visit where you have to explain what is in your butt and why. To avoid this, please only choose anal toys that have a flared-base or something to prevent it from being pulled into your body.


    Choose a Non-Porous Material

Like we've repeated time and time again, always choose non-porous toy materials, especially when it comes to anal play. While you may feel clean inside after using an enema or douche, porous toys will pick up and hold onto microscopic bacteria and even viruses. These will hide in invisible-to-the-naked-eye holes. Look for toys made with stainless steel, glass, or 100% silicone to ensure that your toy is safe for use.


    Can You Use it in Other Holes?

As a general rule of thumb for vulva owners, "V(agina) to A(nus) is okay, A to V is not safe for me." Just like when you go to the bathroom, you wipe front to back. You don't want to deposit any unwelcome visiting bacteria from your anus into your vagina or vulva. If you intend on using a toy for both anal and vaginal stimulation, make sure it is a 100% non-porous material. Also, make sure that it gets cleaned with extreme diligence between each use.


Main Types of Anal Toys

As much as we’d love to write you an exhaustive list of all kinds of anal toys, we’re just going to give you a breif overview of the most common types of anal sex toys.

    Butt Plugs

These come in all shapes, sizes, weights, textures, and with tons of optional features! If you're looking for something small and easy to start with, like this smallTemptasia Bling Plug that is made with platinum-cured silicone, making it a safe option! 

Butt plugs can be worn for a feeling of fullness or containment while being stimulated otherwise. They can also be used as a stepping stone towards preparing for full anal penetration.

Countless variations can vibrate or even come with remote controls. Start small and inexpensive, then work your way up!

    Anal Beads

These are extremely popular for those who have dabbled with anal stimulation before. We love everythingSatisfyer does. Therefore we recommend thisdouble set of black anal beads.

These are inserted one by one with tons of lubrication. There is so much to enjoy here! Many love the feeling of containment, the sensation of them being inserted, or how it feels when you take them out, or all of the above!

    Inflatable or Expandable Butt Plugs

These aren't for beginners or the faint of heart! With these nifty toys, you'll insert the lubricated plug inside of the anus. Then you can slowly use the hand pump to fill the plug with air. This will stretch out the anal canal and rectum, allowing you to take bigger and better things in the future! 

Are you looking for a safe, expandable butt plug? Try thisinflatable silicone butt plug by Anal Fantasy that is made with body-safe materials.

    Prostate Stimulators

These belong to penis-owners, AMAB (Assigned Male at Birth), or anyone with XY chromosomes. They're the only ones lucky enough to have a prostate! 

Found about a finger's length inside the anal canal, the half-walnut-shaped area is a pleasure destination. No wonder there is such a massive selection of prostate stimulators out there.

Some people prefer direct pressure while others like vibration

 We love theMaia by Apollo, which features 15 different vibration functions, remote control and is made with medical-grade silicone!


As you may or may not be aware, many dildos are made with porous materials like TPR and TPE. This means you should use a condom on them for anal play.

Suppose you're looking for the feeling of being anally penetrated by a dildo. In that case, we recommend anything byFun Factory as they're well-known for only using medical-grade silicone in their toys. Try out theMagnum Large Dildo if you're experienced or theLimba Flex Small if you're newer to this type of pleasure.


So there you have it! These are the most common types of anal toys you'll find out there. There are countless variations available, so you should be able to find exactly what you're looking for.


Get out there, Get in there, and Get off there!

Elaine S. Turner

Sex Coach, Sexuality Educator, & Sexual Wellness Brand Consultant


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