Buying sex toys can be an intimidating experience: there are so many products on the market - how do you possibly begin to choose?
We’re hoping that once you’ve read this, you’ll feel more knowledgeable about the types of anal toys available, and will be able to make an informed decision about what will suit your needs the best.
Anal beads are a set of beads or balls, attached together by flexible material, and usually in a series from small to large, which makes them easier to insert. Anal beads are inserted for playtime or lovemaking, and then pulled out at various speeds depending on what sort of effect you’re after. Usually this is done just at the point of climax to intensify the feeling.
Everyone! Anal beads can be used solo or with a partner, by a man or a woman (although it may be more intense for a man because of their prostrate). It's a great introduction to anal sex for beginners, as it can show you how pleasurable anal play can actually be. Anal beads also come in various sizes, perfect for beginners or the more experienced.
Ah - the anus has many nerve endings and the sensations caused by anal beads being pulled out, one by one, can cause maximum arousal. Put simply: anal beads will make you feel really good, and can help you orgasm faster and harder. Anal beads are particularly good for beginners because you can insert as many beads as you feel comfortable with, giving your body time to adjust to the feeling.
These are our favourite beginner anal beads, based on quality and customer feedback.
Butt plugs are designed to be inserted into the bum for sexual pleasure, and are in some ways, similar to dildos. However, the design of butt plugs are different to that of dildos: plugs are shorter and have a flanged end to keep the plug in place. Basically, a plug has been designed to stay in for the duration of use, whereas a dildo is used to simulate actual sex (the in and out motion).
Definitely! The anus has a high concentration of nerve endings so even shallow insertions feel delicious. Inserting a plug during sex feels great for a woman - it provides incredible feelings of fullness, and makes orgasmic contractions feel stronger and more intense. It also feels great for the guy during intercourse, as it creates a subtle pressure on his shaft. Plugs are also great for the prostate (located up the front wall of the anus), which when stimulated, produces orgasms more intense than those from penile stimulation alone.
Absolutely. The flanged end ensures that the plug will stay firmly in place. Some people even walk around with butt plugs in when they're out and about - to make trips to the supermarket more pleasurable, one would assume. So yes, they are completely safe to use.
Here are our favourites for beginners, based on size and quality:
Although we've put probes in the beginner's guide to anal toys, this is a toy that is enjoyed for its versatility: it can be used for anal, vaginal and clitoral stimulation - basically, the trifecta of awesomeness. A probe is like a small, slender vibrator or dildo but with a tapered tip and smooth body. Some vibrate, others do not. They are much longer than vibrators to allow for deeper stimulation of the prostate and G-spot.
Great for men (prostate stimulation) and women (G-spot stimulation), the probe is a toy for all occasions. Their sleekness is perfect to replicate the movement of intercourse, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials based on your needs. It's just the perfect toy to pinpoint the pleasure zones of men and women.
Unlike plugs and probes, anal vibrators are designed to produce a variety of sensations, from a variety of movements: they rotate, vibrate and pulse - all at different speeds. Anal vibes have really strong motors to ensure the vibrations are able to travel through the strong muscles of the rectum and sphincter. Although good for men and women, men would find them particularly pleasing as they deliver great sensations straight to the prostate (the male G-spot).
You can choose from vibrating prostate massagers, anal beads, probes and even vibrating butt plugs. What you choose will be determined by what you like. Men might prefer vibrating prostate massagers, while vibrating anal probes are often small and slim enough for both experienced users and novices.
These toys have been designed specifically for anal stimulation: they are generally smaller and slimmer than vaginal vibrators, which means they can be used in the bum safely. Anal vibrators also have a flanged base, which eliminates the potential for the toy to disappear in the body.
Here are the vibes we can suggest based on customer feedback:
A man's prostate gland is as potent as a women's G-spot. Located in his anus, the prostate, when stimulated, can result in strong and intense orgasms for men. A prostate massager is designed to slip up the rectum and massage this very spot. The shape is similar to a finger: the toys have a slightly curved head to reach the gland. Some prostate massages vibrate for extra sensations.
Ah, great question. Apparently prostate orgasms are a lot more pleasurable than the orgasms you experience from just penile stimulation, so it's worth knowing where and what this little love button is!
The prostate is a male gland that is roughly the size and shape of a walnut. Located just beneath the bladder and in the front of the rectum, the prostate should be stroked and massaged during sex, which will give the man super intense and powerful orgasms. So powerful, in fact, that it is even known as the male G-spot!
"Anal sex feels more intense to me and just activates all my pleasure inducing nerve endings. I feel closer to my partner while at the same time I feel like I'm sucking my partner in to me, engulfing them."
The last pro-tip is a biggie - and it's about Lube: For next-level pleasure, we recommend choosing a quality lubricant for anal play. Anal lubes are thicker, more slippery and much longer lasting, so takes anal play to a whole new level. Check out our our handy Lube Beginners Guide for some good Lube 101!
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