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For a long time, topics on anal play have been taboo because most people feel like anal pleasure is against the body's anatomy. However, the increase of anal toys in the sex toy world has resulted in more people getting accustomed to anal pleasure. Below is a beginner’s guide to anal sex toys.

Purchasing anal toys can be stressful because many brands in the market promise a good time but end up not delivering the needed sensations. Shopping for anal toys should be based on preference, but due to the lack of guidance, most people purchase toys that are above their expertise. With that, you should know what you hope to achieve from a sex toy.

A Guide To Anal Sex Toys

Butt Plugs

Abou-Zeid, (2011) explained that butt plugs are bulbous butt toys placed in the anus. These toys are also known as ass plugs and anal plugs. They come in three sizes: medium, small, and giant. You can choose the size depending on your level of experience. Butt plugs are meant to be used before sex to stretch and prepare the sphincter muscles for anal sex. They're normally only worn for a brief period, but during domination/submission situations, the user can be forced to wear them for an extended period. These toys are ideal for solo and group play (Taormino 2006).

Anal Probes

Anal probes are a type of anal toy popular among beginners because they are versatile. They are considered one of the most spectacular anal toys for newbies, but advanced gamers will also like them. Anal probes can stimulate the clitoral, vaginal, and anal zones. It's been dubbed the "wonderful trifecta." Briens & Bojarra (2010) explained that anal probes have a smooth body and tapered tip, similar to a narrow, little dildo or vibrator. Some anal probes may have a vibrating feature, while others do not. Also, probes are significantly longer than vibrators, which can stimulate the prostate and G-spot more effectively.

Anal vibrators

An anal vibrator is a device that is designed to induce a variety of sensations through diverse movements. They pulse, rotate, vibrate and pulse at different speeds simultaneously. Anal vibrations are equipped with advanced motors that ensure the vibrations can travel through strong rectum and sphincter muscles. Although it is popular among men and women, vibrating anal devices appeal to men since they send sensations directly to the prostate.

P-spot Anal Toys

Prostate massagers, commonly known as P-spot anal sex toys, are toys developed exclusively to stimulate a man's prostate. They look like butt plugs and dildos but are usually curved or have a spherical tip. When placed inside a man's anus, these male anal toys feature a particular form that makes it simpler to reach the prostate. For added excitement, some of the P-spot anal gadgets vibrate. You can use these sex toys during solo-masturbation sessions.

Anal Training Kits

Anal play is a process that you should approach with care since performing it on the spur of the moment can result in injuries and splits in the anus, which is distressing. Most people prefer to initiate anal play with their fingers and do some fingering in the butthole before adding a butt plug kit while preparing for anal sex. Lacerda (2009) explained that anal toys that help you relax the anal sphincter and anus over time to prepare you for more intense anal joys are included in a complete anal training kit. But why do you need an anal training kit? The whole goal of having anal sex is to have sexual pleasure. Your first anal play will be a terrible experience if you don't have an anal training kit.

Anal Pumps

Anal pumps are devices that use an inflatable butt plug to access and expand your butthole for intensive anal training and pleasure. It's also known as an anal inflator. It enhances the pleasure you'll get from being penetrated or fisted, especially when used with other forms of penetration. Anal vacuum pumping can be used for medicinal or sexual reasons, which many people are unaware of. However, we're more concerned with the erotic element of things in this case. Adding an anal pump to your sex life is a real game-changer, guaranteeing that your anal play sessions will be more exciting than ever.

Anal Hooks

Anal hooks are curved metal rods with a loop on one end and a ball. They are used in a variety of kinks. However, they are commonly employed for anal stimulation, training a sub for intense anal play, and domination/submission sessions. The ball end is designed to lie comfortably inside the sub's anal cavity, while the loop is intended to tie a rope through or place a finger in so that the anal hook may move around comfortably. An ass hook is usually around 1 inch in diameter and about 6 inches in length. You can switch the balls for different-sized balls based on user preferences and comfort to get the most out of your anal hook, be careful during insertion, and use minimal force.

Anal Dildos

Kirova (2016) explained that if you're new to anal sex, you first need to know that anal dildos are similar to the normal vaginal dildo that sex toy fans are familiar with. The distinction between the two can be apparent in design and shape. Male anal dildos, female anal dildos, short or long anal dildos — the varieties and options are endless. Anal dildos have a smoother and rounder edge and a larger base to avoid the hole gradually. Since the anus is significantly narrower and drier than the vaginal area, anal dildos are designed to aid in relaxing the orifice so that anal intercourse can be less painful.

The Bottom Line

Most would concur that sex is thrilling, unpredictable, and produces the ultimate sensation of climax. However, traditional methods of obtaining sexual pleasure might become monotonous with time, necessitating the use of more unusual but extremely exciting sexual activities. Anal sex, often known as anal play, is one of these unique forms of sexual pleasure. Anal pleasure can lead to various intensive activities that can be exhausting for solo sex and a partner. The anal dildos and vibrators outlined in the article above are the most well-known and celebrated types of anal sex toys that can save the day when attempting the world of anal sex.


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