What Are Butt Plugs and What Are They Used For?

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There are dozens of sex toys available on the market today, and to get the one that is right for you, all you have to do is consider what you are most interested in doing when you’re in the bedroom.

Whether you prefer oral, anal, or vaginal sex, there are toys that can help make your playtime a lot more creative and fun.

For those people who are interested in anal activity of any kind, a butt plug is the most common and most helpful sex toy you can buy, and believe it or not, it is a very versatile toy that you can use for a variety of purposes.

What Is a Butt Plug?

A butt plug is a small device that is inserted into the anus for sex play, and it can serve two main purposes.

If you are interested in having anal sex but have never done so before, you need to prepare for the activity by stretching out the anal muscles first, and a butt plug is the perfect toy to use for that.

The second purpose of a butt plug is for anal stimulation, which people of both sexes can enjoy. Many people, in fact, wear their butt plug during the day for a little extra stimulation as they go about their lives.

Butt plugs are small devices that are usually tapered and can be made out of a variety of materials, including silicone, glass, stainless steel, and even some types of plastic.

They are not very long, although they are long enough to do the job that they’re intended to do, and they have flared bases or stoppers at the end so that the butt plug never gets stuck inside the anus, which could be very dangerous.

There are also different designs when it comes to butt plugs. Some are a basic design and shape with a base or stopper, while others come in a textured or beaded design that adds a little more stimulation to your playtime. Other designs include:

  • Designs that include fake gems or flowers on the end that protrude from the anus, adding a little oomph to your bedroom activities. These are usually made out of some type of metal.
  • Butt plugs that are shaped like a real penis and are available in a number of sizes.
  • Designs that come with a faux fur tail at the end. These are usually made out of silicone.
  • Plugs that come in sets of two or three. These butt plugs are each a different size, and the set allows you to gradually work your way up to using the larger plugs.
  • Vibrating butt plugs, which usually allow you to change the speed and intensity with a remote-control device.
  • Butt plugs that are slightly curved at the tip and are used to stimulate the prostate gland.
  • Inflatable butt plugs, which you can insert then inflate so that they get larger, giving you a fuller and more satisfying feeling.
  • Butt plugs that allow you to put a small bullet on the end that protrudes out, adding a little more stimulation to your playtime.

Butt plugs come in so many different designs, shapes, and even colors that you are all but guaranteed to find something perfect for your needs, even if those needs include kinky fetishes and unusual requests.

One trip to a sex toy store, and you can quickly get familiar with all of the different types of butt plugs available, bringing you one step closer to finding the perfect toy for all of your favorite anal sexual activities.

What Is a Butt Plug Used For?

As mentioned earlier, butt plugs are usually used either to stretch out the anal muscles or for a little kinky stimulation when you’re by yourself. If you’re using the toy to relax the anal muscles, you should keep in mind that this must be done slowly over a period of time.

Start out by inserting the plug into the anus only half-an-inch or until it starts to feel uncomfortable. Each person will be different, but it’s important to remove the butt plug as soon as it starts to feel uncomfortable.

Each time you use the plug, you can try inserting it a little further – and don’t forget to use a lot of lube each and every time.

If you do this every day, you will eventually get to the point where you can insert the plug all the way in without any discomfort, and it is at this point that you can attempt your first try at anal sex.

The more relaxed and stretched out the anal muscles are, the more comfortable anal sex will be for both partners, and this is your main goal when using a butt plug for this purpose.

Another tip for stretching out the anal muscles is that once you get to the point where it’s comfortable for you, you can leave the butt plug in there for a while.

In fact, when it comes to the second reason that many people use butt plugs – to enjoy some extra stimulation in that part of your body – leaving the plug inside of you for a bit can feel quite erotic.

Some people wear their butt plug when they’re doing household chores and watching television, but most experts agree that they should never be worn more than two to three hours at a time.

Again, whether you’re using your butt plug to stretch out the anal muscles or simply because you enjoy it, it’s best to wear the plug only for short periods of time.

Some people enjoy sleeping with their butt plug in, but since your muscles are more relaxed while you’re sleep than they are when you’re awake and walking around, this may be all right to do.

However, the two to three hour rule is still the best one to follow because it ensures that the activity is always safe for you.

Regardless of why you’ve chosen to utilize a butt plug, it is important that you find one you feel most comfortable with, and this includes not only the size and shape of the plug, but also the material it is made of.

Fortunately, butt plugs are generally very inexpensive, so if you choose one type of plug and find that you simply don’t like it, you can just move onto another type of plug without spending a lot of money on it.

Lubrication and Butt Plugs

If you think you’re going to be able to use a butt plug and not use any lubrication, think again.

Unlike the vagina, the anus isn’t self-lubricating, which means that even if you are experienced in wearing or playing with a butt plug, you’ll still need a lot of lube every single time you play with it.

In most cases, the type of lube you use isn’t relevant unless, of course, the toy you purchase specifies a certain type. In this case, you’ll need to purchase the type of lube the manufacturer recommends.

For the most part, both water-based and silicone-based lube will work, so the decision regarding which one to use is really up to you. Many people like the water-based lube because it absorbs quickly and is not as messy as other types of lube.

Water-based lube, however, may have to be reapplied during the activity since it absorbs so quickly. This type of lube is also easier to clean off of sheets, bed clothing, and so on.

Silicone-based lube has an almost gel-like consistency and is a lot thicker than water-based lube, which means you may not have to reapply it as often, if at all, during your sexual activity.

However, some people dislike this type of lube because it is often more difficult to clean off of nightgowns and bedsheets, so you might want to consider that when you are deciding which type of lube to purchase.

Of course, there are other types of lubricants as well. Some are oil-based, and others are hybrid varieties that combine more than one type of lube. Many people even use their own natural lubricant, using coconut oil or some other type of oil, but this isn’t generally recommended for anal use.

In fact, if you’re interested in more natural-based lubricants, there are several of them on the market that you can choose, which are a lot safer than attempting to use household oils to lubricate yourself while using butt plugs.

Another reason that using your own oils as lubricants is not recommended is because in some cases, it can actually do more harm than good. This is especially true when you decide to use products such as jojoba oil, beeswax, and shea butter.

Even though these products are high-quality products, the truth is that they simply aren’t made for the more intimate parts of your body.

While some over-the-counter lubricants do use some of these items in their products, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are safe for your anal sexual activity.

Because lube is a must for any type of anal play, your safest bet is to use either a water- or silicone-based lubricant, especially if the toy you purchase recommends one of these types of lubes specifically.

You want to be safe, and you want to make sure the lubricant does its job, so your smartest option is to stick to the basics, and most importantly, use that lube each and every time you participate in any type of anal sexual activity.

Are Butt Plugs Dangerous?

As long as you take certain precautions, butt plugs are not dangerous. There are a few things that you need to remember to make certain that your butt plug is as safe as possible, and fortunately, they are very simple tips. Here are a few of those tips:

  • As soon as you get the butt plug out of the package, inspect it carefully. Although sex toys are made under strict guidelines, there may still be chips, cracks, or other types of defects in certain ones.

    If there is anything at all wrong with the plug, discard or exchange it immediately.

  • Make sure that you wash the butt plug thoroughly both before and after you use it, and this goes for each and every time you use it.

    Use mild soap and water, or you can purchase special cleaners for sex toys that are found in sex toy stores, but the important thing to remember is to make sure you clean the toy before and after every single use.

  • Never use a regular sex toy in place of a sex toy made specifically for anal use, as it could get stuck or even lost in the anus.

    Since you likely don’t wish to make a trip to the emergency room when you’re playing with a sex toy, always use a butt plug or other toy made specifically for anal use. In addition, use the toy properly and according to the instructions every single time.

  • Finally, all sex toys wear out, so once your butt plug becomes painful or uncomfortable, it is best to throw it out and get another one.

    In fact, if your butt plug is painful or uncomfortable at any time during its lifetime, it is best to discard it because it usually means that something is wrong.

Naturally, you also never want to share your butt plugs with anyone else, even if you keep them thoroughly cleaned. This goes without saying, of course, and it is also another way to ensure that your butt plug is absolutely safe to use the entire time you own it.

It is also important that you start small and wait until you are used to a certain size before you move up to a larger butt plug, and make sure that you only wear the plug for very short periods of time in the beginning.

In other words, if you use common sense, wearing butt plugs is going to be safe. Read the directions regarding the type of lube you should use, and make sure you use a lot of it every single time.

Doing all these things keeps the use of your butt plugs both safer and a lot more comfortable as well.

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