The anus is packed with a variety of unique sensory nerve endings that can deliver some awesome orgasms when stimulated, which is why many people use butt plugs.

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    Butt plugs are safe to use if they have a flared-based and are made from a non-porous material, such as silicone or stainless steel.
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    A flared-based butt plug is vitally important, as it stops the toy from completely entering the rectum and becoming lost, which would require immediate medical attention.
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    When using a butt plug, it's also important to remember to use lubrication. Unlike the vagina, the anus is not self-lubricating and may tear if not adequately lubricated.

Using a butt plug made from a body-safe material, along with lubrication, is relatively safe, as they are designed with a flared-based, preventing them from becoming lost in the rectum.

Why use a butt plug?

The anus and rectum are home to a bunch of sensory nerve endings that can feel amazing when stimulated. Regardless of gender or sexual orientation, these nerve endings can produce amazing orgasms that feel different from clitoral, vaginal, or penile orgasms.

Depending on anatomy, anal play with a butt plug can also stimulate other erogenous zones. For those with a vagina, butt plugs can stimulate parts of the internal clitoris, as the wall between the anus and vagina are quite thin. For those with a penis, anal play can stimulate the prostate, leading to memorable orgasms.

Butt plugs can be used by anyone with an anus in a solo or partnered setting. There are a wide variety of butt plugs suited to many different needs and kinks, including beaded plugs, vibrating plugs, and even plugs with faux animal tails.

How to choose a butt plug

If used correctly, butt plugs are safe. But there are a few things to know before using one.

Specifically designed for anal play

When exploring anal play, it's essential that you use a toy specifically designed for the anus, such as a butt plug. This is because they have a flared base that stops the toy from becoming stuck or lost inside the rectum or even further up the colon, which could cause injury and require medical intervention to retrieve it. This is unlike the vagina, which is closed off by the cervix.

All proper butt plugs should have a flared base, with some having a retrieval handle for safe and easy extraction. Using toys like bullet vibrators or dildos with no base is a definite no-go and should only be used on a vagina or clitoris.

Made from a safe and non-porous material

If you're looking to purchase a new butt plug, some materials are safer than others when it comes to inserting them into your body. Silicone, stainless steel, and borosilicate glass are all body-safe and non-porous. This means that the material does not allow air, water, or other liquids to pass through, making it much harder for bacteria to live on.

Sex toys with a jelly-like consistency or are made from PVC, or rubber tend to be made from a chemical called phthalate. This chemical gives the toys their squishiness but may cause a host of health issues. For this reason, some toys are marked as phthalate free. However, as sex toys aren't regulated, this could be misleading. So it is best to stick to toys made from silicone, stainless steel, and borosilicate glass.

Ways to enjoy safe anal play

There are a few vital steps that need to be followed to have safe and pleasurable anal play with a butt plug.

This should be a no-brainer but, unfortunately, needs a mention. If using a butt plug on a partner, it’s essential that you gain consent before doing so. Affirmative and verbal consent is necessary before any sex act, and it's never safe to assume that your partner may be up for using a butt plug, even if they have done so in the past.

Use a lubricant

Lubrication is essential for any sexual activity but is particularly necessary when using a butt plug. The anal tissue is quite delicate, so lube is needed to reduce the amount of friction from anything entering the anus, like a finger, penis, or toy. Unlike the vagina, the anus doesn't produce its lubricant, so it's vitally important to use lube to increase pleasure and reduce the risk of tears or other injuries.

If using silicone sex toys in the anus, it's best to use a water-based lubricant, as this won't damage the material of the toy. If not using silicone toys, it's best to use a silicone-based lubricant, as it is thicker and lasts longer, meaning you don't have to reapply it continually.

Make sure to clean your butt plug

Even toys made with non-porous materials can still host a bunch of bacteria if they are not washed properly, leading to infections or STIs. Therefore, cleaning a butt plug before and after each use is essential. To do this effectively, use antibacterial soap and warm water or a sex toy cleaner. And remember to clean the toy during sex if going from the anus to other body parts, such as the vagina, or to use it on another partner.

Communicate

Communication is also vitally important when engaging in any form of anal play with a partner, as it helps each partner understand and respect the other's boundaries. When using a butt plug on your partner, it's important to constantly check in with them to ensure they’re enjoying it, not feeling any pain, or need extra lube. If your partner is using a butt plug on you, it's your job to communicate your comfort levels and what could be done to increase the pleasure. And remember, anal play should never be painful. If you or your partner experience pain, it's time to stop.

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