How to use a butt plug

The Ann Summers guide

How to Use a Butt Plug

Curious about butt plugs?

So, you're curious about butt plugs. You're only human. As always, Ann Summers has got you on this. Butt plugs are a great place to start if you fancy getting fruity with your booty, so read on and discover everything you need to know, no holes barred.

Anal play is a great way for adventurous couples to mix things up in the bedroom. Trying something new together can be an incredibly intimate experience. Whether you're both into it, or try it and decide anal doesn’t rock your world, exploration and communication are key to keeping your sex life interesting. Nothing ventured, nothing gained…

Butt plugs are fab solo toys too and can really intensify the point of climax. But the first question you might have is – why even bother? Well…

Why use one?

Every person and body is different but, for some, anal play takes pleasure to a whole new level.

This is because the anus has loads more nerve endings than you might expect. It's one of the highest concentrations you'll find on your body, actually. So stimulating them is gonna feel really good. Using a butt plug is also a great way to help relax your muscles before anal sex. But that's not all…

For Women

Wearing a butt plug creates pressure on the back of the vagina, which means even more intense stimulation, whether you're with a partner or using toys. Also, the female anus contracts during orgasm – which feels incredible around a firm butt plug.

But there’s more to it than that. During sex, using a plug also reduces the room in the pelvis, which means the vagina will feel tighter, giving a whole new experience for your lover.

For Men

Boys, you're in luck. As well as the nerve endings, butt plugs can also stimulate your prostate – and there's even specific prostrate massagers to target them even more intensely if a regular plug isn't quite hitting the spot.

The prostate is about two or three inches up the front wall of your anus, and it can result in seriously powerful orgasms when stimulated. Pretty much everything will just feel that little bit more intense with one in. Hold on tight, now...

Choose the right plug

Our butt plug range offers lots of different shapes and sizes, but our best piece of advice for beginners is to start small. You'll have to work your way up to the big leagues…

We have plenty of butt plugs that are just perfect for experimenting with anal play, all in super-soft silicone, PVC or TPE rubber. If you've never tried any anal play at all, then our first suggestion is the Booty Blue Beginner's Butt Plug. It's soft and small, and with a few less curves than more intense plugs, it offers a very gentle introduction that's still really satisfying.

The Small Silicone Butt Plug is also great for beginners, and it's more tapered too – perfect for helping you get used to the fulfilling width if you want to move on to larger plugs in the future.

If you can't wait to start working your way up to bigger and better things, take a look at some of our sets – the Anal Training Kit, for example, features three plugs each slightly larger than the last. If by the time you've mastered the biggest, you still feel like you can take more – well, that's between you and your Big Boy.

Remember – whatever you go for, make sure your butt plug has a flared base. Your muscles can contract and, without something to stop it, toys can get stuck. Try explaining that one…

Lube up

Another hard and fast rule: always lube up. Always. Peruse our lube category and stock up on Anal Lube, because butt plugs feel the best when they're nice and slippery. Your bum doesn't produce a lubricant of its own, so you will need it. It'll make things nice and easy, reducing discomfort and maximising pleasure.


Take it slow

So you're ready to start exploring with your butt plug – but there's still no need to rush into it. Take it slow, so your anus can stretch out gently. All pleasure, no pain.

First off, the golden rule is lube, and plenty of it.

Then it's time to get into position – you'll have to experiment to find the best one for you, whether you've got someone to help or not. You could try it on all fours, or laid on your back (but use a pillow under your bum for leverage), or even just kneeling down and squatting over it. However you do it, angle the plug towards your front, and start to gently push it in.

It might feel weird at first – push the plug further and further in really gradually, waiting until you feel comfortable at each stage before going further. If you feel discomfort, pull it out slowly and try again after a while, when you're more relaxed – if you're still feeling discomfort after a few tries, you may need a smaller plug.

Eventually, you'll be able to push the plug all the way up to the thinner point before the base, so the base itself rests externally. Get used to the sensation of it being in there slowly, before diving into anything too ambitious. What's the rush?

How long should you use one for?

It's a good question – there's no real solid answer on that, and you can probably leave it in for as long as you feel comfortable. You'll want to remove it long before you start to feel discomfort, though – any cramps or bloated feelings are also warning signs.

We would recommend removing your plug every half an hour or so, at least to reapply lube – and you definitely shouldn't go for longer than two or three hours without a break.


Cleaning up

It's always really important to clean your sex toys after use, but it should go without saying that it's probably doubly important for anal toys. Use cleaning sprays and wipes, and avoid any abrasive surfaces that could scratch your plug


Looking for more?

If you're on board with butt plugs, take a look at our entire anal toy category – anal beads, dildos, vibrators and strap-ons are all waiting for true anal addicts to come and indulge their desires. What's stopping you?