Skip navigation! At age 19, I was still unfamiliar with the wide world of sex toys. As soon as I got home, I lubed up the smallest plug, inserted it, and checked myself out in the mirror. Sure, I could have tried using my vibrator or dildo anally, but neither of them had a flared base or stopping point on them. So what makes a butt plug different than a dildo or vibrator? While there are many toys designed for anal use, a butt plug tends to have a couple distinguishing characteristics. A plug is designed to go in and stay in for the duration of its use. The thin neck allows for the sphincter to close a bit more so that the plug can be retained inside the body and worn comfortably. Unlike other anal toys, plugs can easily be worn over longer periods of time.
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If you're not familiar with the joy of butt plugs, allow me to introduce you to a versatile toy you can enjoy regardless of gender, orientation, or genitalia. If you have a prostate, butt plugs can stimulate it; if you have a vagina, a butt plug can create incredibly pleasurable pressure on the back vaginal wall. Not to mention that the anus is also surrounded by nerve endings.
Of course, even if you are intrigued, chances are you're not going to run out and buy a toy for booty play without knowing what you're getting yourself into. So we asked experts what the hell these are for, why some people think they're ahhhmazing, and how to use one. Similar to your c-spot and G-spot, there are tons of ultra-sensitive nerve endings in your back door, says relationship coach Cory Honickman, PsyD. That means stimulating it can bring you of a ton of sexual pleasure whether you're playing with yourself or with a partner. And, depending on how the plug is used, the female skene glands also known as the female prostate may be stimulated, which can be a pleasant surprise, she says. Besides reaching erogenous zones you didn't know you had, these toys can also be used as a form of kink , says Honickman. More specifically, people use them with domination and submission play. Using butt plugs can be a way for someone who enjoys submission to explore feeling vulnerable or humiliated in a way that gives them pleasure, says Honickman. Another reason people use butt plugs is to prepare the rectum for anal play , she says. And that's an important step if you're looking to work up to something bigger, like a penis or larger sex toys , says Honickman.
A butt plug is a sex toy that is designed to be inserted into the rectum for sexual pleasure. Butt plugs were originally designed for therapeutic uses and later marketed with terms such as Dr. Young's Ideal Rectal Dilators. Unlike the vagina , which is closed off by the cervix , the rectum leads to the sigmoid colon. Objects that are inserted into the rectum can therefore potentially travel up into the bowel : the flared end on a butt plug exists to prevent this. Some dildos lack a flared end, and thus it is ill-advised to use such dildos anally since they may get stuck; rectal foreign bodies may require medical extraction. In addition, the lower bowel above the rectum is easily perforated. For this reason, butt plugs tend to be shorter than dildos, and their marked size generally indicates the circumference of the device rather than the length. They must also be very smooth to avoid damaging the rectum or bowel. In order to get them into the rectum, they most commonly have a general profile of a round-ended cone which then narrows to a "waist" which locates itself at the anal sphincter, with the flared part outside the body, preventing the butt plug from slipping further into the body.