Girl On The Net | Contributing Writer | Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Butt Plugs: All You Need To Know

Butt Plugs: All You Need To Know

The Debrief: Life motto: if something's worth putting up your arse, then it's worth researching thoroughly beforehand. Here's everything you could possibly need to know about butt plugs...

Life motto: if something's worth putting up your arse, then it's worth researching thoroughly beforehand. To that end, here's a beginners guide to butt plugs that should answer all the questions a you might have - from what material a butt plug should be made of, through how to insert and a few tips and hacks if you want to mix things up.  

Buying your first butt plug

The most common – and important – question people ask about butt plugs relates to size. How do you know what size butt plug you should buy? The easiest solution if you're a novice is to grab yourself a butt plug variety pack, most commonly called an 'anal training kit.' They usually come with three or four butt plugs of varying sizes, so you can start with a small one and work your way up to a larger one if you think you'd like to. Also because it's called 'training' you can play the Rocky theme while you do it. That bit's optional.  

Whatever you're buying, though, remember the golden rule of anal play: what goes in must come out. That's my way of saying you need to make sure that your butt plug has a flared base, so it doesn't get sucked into the abyss. There are some questionable offerings out there, particularly from independent sellers on sites like Etsy and Amazon, so remember this golden rule if you want to avoid an embarrassing trip to A+E. 

While we're on the subject of safety: butt plugs also come in a range of different materials – from squishy ones to super-hard glass – and not all sex toy materials are created equal. Just as you wouldn't buy a kebab that claimed to be 'meat' flavour, so you should steer clear of butt plugs which don't list their material at all, or say something vague like 'jelly.' 'Jelly' is a catch-all term that covers a number of different materials, many of which contain chemicals called pthalates (which can leach into your skin/melt or degrade). Other materials are porous, which means that bacteria can get into the butt plug material and even if you use antibacterial cleaner they're almost impossible to clean fully. You probably don't need me to draw a diagram for you here, but naturally you want to avoid these unless you're planning to cover your butt plug with a condom every time you use it.  

So what should you go for? Silicone is always a good bet if you buy from a trusted supplier, or if you want something more solid then you can get some gorgeous glass and metal butt plugs. For beginners, though, be aware that the more solid the butt plug, the harder it can be to get in. At least three times that I can remember, I have got excited about a new glass sex toy only to be disappointed when I couldn't quite wiggle it in. My eyes, apparently, are bigger than my bumhole. 

Prepping for anal play

I don't like shying away from the big questions, so I'd be an awful person if I didn't answer the most common question about anal play: how do I make sure I don't get poo on my brand new butt plug? 

The answer is: you can't. No one can give you that guarantee, so if you're going to do some butt play you need to make peace with the fact that your butt does other stuff too. However, the good news is that if you're worried about that kind of thing you can take certain steps. Namely: eating a fibre-rich diet to keep yourself regular, and going to the loo before you get started on anal play. Some people like to douche or do an enema before they get started, but this is neither compulsory nor something you necessarily need to do: you do you, guys. Stick a towel down if you're worried. 

How to use a butt plug 

Lube it up, slip it in, right? Well, yes. But there are a few things to remember first. 

Number one: the type of lube. Glass and metal toys can be used with any type of lube, but for silicone butt plugs you need to make sure you're using a water-based lubricant. If you're unsure, check the packaging of your butt plug and lube to make sure they're compatible. 

Number two: (snigger) take things very slowly. If you've never done anal play before, or you've only done a little, then you probably want to try exploring with a finger before you get going with the toy. Either on your own, or with a partner, or a horny friend with very short fingernails. 

Number three: don't be disheartened if you struggle at first. The sensation of inserting a butt plug is a bit unusual the first time you experience it, and as your anus stretches to accommodate things, you might realise (as I did with my glass butt plug) that you can't quite get the right angle of entry, or you've bought something that your bum can't deal with right now. Don't force it – you can always try again later. One of the reasons you'll see lots of reference to anal 'training' is because it is often a process of taking baby steps to get where you want to go. 

Variations on standard butt plugs 

If you want something a bit more interesting than your standard butt plug, there are lots of different types to choose from. 

  • Inflatable butt plugs, which do what they say on the tin. You insert them, then use a hand-pump like the one your GP uses on the blood pressure monitors to inflate them up when they're inside you. Great if you want that 'full' feeling but you struggle with getting larger butt plugs in. 
  • Vibrating butt plugs, which are especially awesome if you have them 'on' during sex: your partner will be able to feel the vibrations through your vaginal wall. 
  • Animal tail butt plugs, in case you want to be a sexy pony/fox/pig. Because who wouldn't? 
  • Prostate stimulators, which are similar to butt plugs but specifically curved so that they hit the 'P spot'. For guys who enjoy anal play, these often give more targeted pleasure. 

Using a butt plug on your partner 

If you're reading this guide not because you want to try a butt plug yourself, but because you want to try one with a partner, then one of the best things you can do (on top of the 'loads of lube and take it slowly' tip) is allow your partner to guide you when you first put it inside them. Naturally you only have their feedback on how things are going, and it's such a sensitive area that if you push a tiny bit too hard or too quickly, you can give them a pretty painful shock. With butt plugs, and in fact any other anal play like pegging, the first thing I'll do with a new partner is play gently, with fingers and lube, then insert the toy a tiny bit and encourage them to push backwards: gives them maximum control over the speed and angle of entry, and it saves you fumbling around and accidentally giving them a surprise.  

My golden rule with any sex toy you're buying for someone else is that it should ideally never be a surprise. You and your partner might do things differently of course, but with anal toys in particular size is so key that shopping together and communicating fully is vital. After all, taking back a set of lingerie because it's the wrong size is bad enough – sending back a butt plug that just won't fit is even more cringeworthy.  

Which brings me neatly back to that life lesson again: if it's worth putting in your arse, it's worth researching beforehand. Chat to your partner, shop for one together, then go and have a whole world of fun.

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