Curious about trying anal sex? Whether you are interested in solo anal exploration, or anal sex with a partner, anal stimulation can add a lot of pleasure and excitement to your sex life. If you are just beginning to explore anal play, there are few things to keep in mind to make your anal experience more pleasurable and safe.
For peace of mind, some people like to wash the anal area externally with a gentle cleanser, such as the organic Sliquid Splash cleanser, before any anal play. For a more complete clean, others prefer to use an anal douche (also known as an enema) such the Ultra Douche or Titan Flexible-Nozzle Douche, to thoroughly clean the rectum internally. When using a douche or enema, it is important to read the directions closely and make sure to give yourself plenty of time to finish your cleaning routine. If you are going to be using butt plug or any other anal sex toy, make sure to clean it thoroughly before and after each use with a cleaner such as the popular Refresh Toy Cleaner. For your health and safety, remember to never go between the anus and vagina or mouth using the same sex toy, penis, or fingers, as harmful bacteria can be transferred from the anus if you aren’t careful.
With any anal play, it is important to use plenty of good quality lubricant! Unlike the vagina, the anus is not self-lubricating, meaning that you need to use a generous amount of lubricant during any kind of penetrating anal play for your comfort. There are a lot of different types of lubricant that are great for anal play, depending on what you are looking for. The Intimate Organics Soothe Anal Lubricant is formulated with soothing botanicals and is great for people with sensitive skin. For those looking for a longer lasting formula, a silicone lubricant such as the Pjur Silicone Lubricant is a great choice – just make sure not to use silicone lubricant with your silicone sex toys, as the silicone lubricant may degrade your silicone toys over time.
Anal sex toys come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. When just starting out, it is generally recommended to begin with a smaller sex toy that is tapered for easy insertion, like the Pleasure Plug in the smallest size, or the Vibrating Anal Beads. Some people find it easier to work up to penetrative anal sex with their partner by first starting out using a smaller butt plug to get used to the feeling, either on their own or as part of foreplay with their partner. All butt plugs and anal beads are all designed with a flared base or ring for safety to ensure that they remain in place during use and are not accidentally lost internally. While most anal sex toys can be enjoyed by anyone, some sex toys, such as the Duke Prostate Massager, are specifically designed to stimulate the prostate in men. Using sex toys when exploring anal stimulation can add a lot of enjoyment and pleasure, just make sure that you are using a sex toy that is designed for anal play for your safety.
Keep in Mind…
Before trying anal sex with a partner, it is a good idea to get familiar with your anal area. Explore your own body and to get to know what feels good for yourself. Some people find that using a gentle relaxing spray, such as the Intimate Organics Anal Relaxing Spray, makes anal sex more comfortable. You can also try out different positions for anal sex from the Anal Sex Position Guide. If you experience any discomfort during anal play, that’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down, add more lubricant, or just take a break and try something different for awhile. And if you find that anal sex just isn’t for you, that’s okay, too!