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Experts say anal play is becoming more and more common for both genders and individuals of all sexual orientations. Reports indicate that about 80% of gay men and 40% of heterosexuals engage in anal sex. Even more would engage in anal play. Anal play could consist of any type of pleasurable activity with the anus or rectum including anal sex, anal fingering, and using anal sex toys.

Anal play can be pleasurable for both men and women since the anus has a number of erotically charged nerve endings. Males may enjoy having their A-spot (or prostate gland) stimulated since it also has a lot of nerve endings. During orgasm, the rectum and anus contracts in both men and women. Both genders claim that using an anal toy like butt plugs or anal beads during an orgasm strengthens the contractions and makes their orgasms much stronger.

Some people feel uncomfortable about anal sex because of social taboos associated with the anus. Other individuals have no qualms about it at all. Regardless, anal play can be a unique and erotically fulfilling sexual experience if you have never experimented with it in the past.

There are a few tips that an individual or couple should follow when egaging in any type of sexual activity with the anus or rectum. First and foremost, use plenty of lube. There is no such thing as too much in this situation. Most people who engage in anal play enjoy a thicker water-based lube. You also need to be extremely gentle. Don’t rush things. You need to slowly work the finger, penis, or anal toy into the rectum. Lastly, if you’re experimenting with a partner, good communication on both sides helps the situation tremendously.

Please remember to use anal toys that have a flared base so the toy does not get ‘sucked’ up the rectum. Further, silicone toys are best with anal play since you can completely disinfect the toy after each use.

There are a number of different types of anal toys individuals and couples can use including anal vibes, anal dildos, butt plugs, and anal beads. We’ve also included an accessories category in this guide since there are a few more products which make the experience healthier and more pleasurable.

Anal Vibes

Anal vibrators stimulate the anus and rectum. All vibes can be used externally around the anus, however, an object inserted into the rectum must have a phlange at the base. The vagina is a closed space with the cervix at the very end. The rectum is not closed and toys can be sucked up into the stomach and may require surgery for removal.

Anal stimulation with vibrators can be extremely pleasurable for men and women since there are many nerve endings, especially around the anus. Many men enjoy having their A-Spot (prostate gland) stimulated with an anal vibe. This can be an incredibly erogenous zone for a lot of men.

Recommended Anal Vibes: G-Swirl, Pandora, Twist

Anal Dildos

Any dildo with a flared base can be used anally by men or women. Many of these toys have a flared tip for A-spot stimulation. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. Some individuals prefer using an anal dill with a knob so they know when it is about to come out. All of Forever Pleasure’s dildos are made from silicone and almost all of them have a flared base making them anal safe. Please check for the ‘anal safe’ icon in the dildo section of the store.

Recommended Anal Dildo: Amor, Magnum, El Rey

Butt Plugs

Butt plugs have a flared base and are either cone-shaped (getting larger at the base) or they have a series of bulges (getting larger at the base). Butt plugs can be used by men or women. They are meant to be inserted gradually and left in during masturbation or oral or vaginal sex. The plug stimulates the walls of the anus, which contains many nerve endings. For men, butt plugs usually work very well for A-spot stimulation. Recommended Butt Plugs: FUNtasy, Plug

Anal Beads

Anal beads are generally beads on a string that are inserted into the rectum during sexual activity. Many men and women love the intense feelings of pulling out the beads during orgasm. It is said to prolonge orgasms and make them much more intense. For men, the beads often stimulate the prostate gland increasing their sensations.

Many anal beads on the market are made from plastic and inexpensive string. They are not recommended. Forever Pleasure only carries Flexi Felix, a wonderful anal bead toy that is well made and very strong. The entire toy is made from 100% medical grade silicone and can be sterilized.

Recommended Anal Beads: Flexi Felix, Bendy Beads

Anal Essentials

There are a few essentials when engaging in anal play. Because this is an area that many people do not know much about, Forever Pleasure recommends reading Dr. Jack Morin’s “Anal Pleasure & Health” for more information. This is considered to be the best book ever written about anal pleasure. Another anal essential is lube. When it comes to anal play, there is no such thing as too much lube! Most individuals prefer a thicker, water-based lube for anal play. For extended, rigorous, anal sex or play, a silicone-based lube is probably better. Please do not use anal lubes with desensitising agents to numb the feeling in the anus. The receiver needs to feel what is happening for proper health and safety. Proper anal play done slowly and gently should not hurt.

Recommended Anal Play DVDs: Anal Massage for Relaxation and Pleasure: Volume 1, Anal Massage for Lovers: Volume 2

Recommended Anal Play Book: Anal Pleasure & Health

Recommended Anal Lube: O’My Natural, Brahma, Gun Oil Silicone, Gun Oil H2O

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This article was published on Saturday 25 November, 2006.

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