Butt Plug

What Are the Benefits of Using a Butt Plug?

If the prospect of wearing a butt plug makes your glutes clench, consider this: “The anus is densely packed with nerves and is extremely responsive,” Sinclair explains. “While this means anal sex can be painful if not done slowly, carefully, and with plenty of lube,” Sinclair explains, “it also means it has a lot of pleasure potential.” On that note, just because you have anal sex doesn’t mean you have to use a butt plug.

“A butt plug can be used during almost any sexual act,” Sinclair says, “regardless of your or your partner’s gender, genitalia, or sexuality.” Dry humping, oral sex, manual sex/hand things, penetrative sex with a penis or dildo, and more can all benefit from butt plugs.

If you enjoy the sensation of being whole or stuffed, butt plugs are ideal for penetrative play. “Since the anal canal and vaginal canal are next-door neighbours, putting a butt plug in narrows the vaginal canal,” Sinclair says. This raises the likelihood of your partner hitting your G-Spot. She adds that if your partner has a penis, it will build more friction around their shaft, which feels amazing.

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Receiving oral sex while wearing a butt plug, according to Sinclair, is comparable to having your nipples played with. “It gives the game a more complete experience,” she explains. Furthermore, if the butt plug is long enough, it may enter the A-spot (also known as the anterior fornix erogenous zone), which is a few inches deeper in the vaginal canal than the G-spot and can be reached during anal penetration. You may be lucky enough to get a taste of the elusive blended orgasm. (See also: 7 Orgasmic Types You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Have)

“While butt plugs don’t have to equal anal sex,” Sinclair says, “they are a great way to build up to anal sex, if that’s something you and your partner may want to try.” This is referred to as “anal preparation,” and it involves gradually raising the size of your butt plug (over the course of weeks or months!) until you’re ready for penetrative anal sex. There are kits designed specifically for this purpose, such as the b-Vibe Beginners Anal Training Kit (Buy It, $65, bvibe.com) and the Blush Novelties Anal Butt Plugs Training Kit (Buy It, $21, amazon.com).

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And if you want to get a little dirty, you probably don’t want to get… dirty. So, let’s not waste any time and get to the bottom of the poop problem. Here’s how it works: According to Sinclair, waste is contained in the upper intestine, not in the anal canal, where the butt plug would be sticking out, so any faecal worries you have are unfounded. If you like, you can do a fast pre- or post-cleaning with a scent- and chemical-free wet wipe or a shower. (Read more: Experts Reveal How to Prepare for Anal Sex)

Are you prepared to get down to business? If you only remember one thing from this article on how to use a butt plug, make it this: Do use lube when using a butt plug. “Since the anus isn’t self-lubricating like the vagina,” says Stubbs, “getting some on hand is a must.”

Keep in mind that silicone-based lubes aren’t compatible with silicone-based toys because silicone attracts itself, causing the plug to warp and become tacky. According to Sinclair, if you’re using a silicone plug, you can use a water-based lube.

However, if you’re using a glass or stainless steel plug, silicone lubricant is a good choice because it’s stronger and lasts longer, according to Sinclair. (See also: Why I’m Crazy About This Stainless Steel G-Spot Sex Toy)

To use a butt plug pleasurably, you’ll need more than just lube; you’ll also need foreplay to better prepare the body for insertion. “Would you go from kissing to vaginal penetration?” Sinclair wonders. She recommends using the same idea for butt plug use, but three to ten times slower.

When it’s time to insert, lube the anus and the toy, take a deep breath, and gently push the butt plug into your anus. Personal preference determines the optimal location for inserting a butt plug. Lifted missionary or doggy style work well, according to Stubbs, if your partner is putting it in. If you’re putting a butt plug in yourself, consider inserting it like a tampon (by bending over and then going between your legs). What do you think now that it’s in? Have fun! (By the way, anal sex isn’t meant to be painful.)