How to safely use a butt plug

black butt plug standing on its base


For those of us who enjoy a little anal play, there is nothing quite like a butt plug for taking your sex life to a whole other level. Butt plugs are sex toys that are designed to be inserted into your butt for anal stimulation, added sexual pleasure and stretching your anus for anal penetration.

Butt plugs come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most important things is to know how to safely use a butt plug. You need to be aware of how your butt plug works, how to insert and remove it safely, and how to clean it after use. Fortunately for all the beginner butt plug enthusiasts, this article will tell you everything you need to know.

What are Butt Plugs?

Butt plugs are sex toys that you insert into your anus and which are designed to stay securely in place. Butt plugs have a conical or teardrop shape for easy insertion with a flared base to stop the toy from being sucked in (this is a real possibility because, unlike the vaginal canal which has the cervix blocking the end, the anal canal continues right into your digestive system).

While some people may use a butt plug like a traditional dildo thrusting it in and out of their anus, the majority of people just leave it in place while they are having sex or playing with themselves (or even going about their daily life!)

It is the unique shape of a butt plug that makes it different from other anal toys like anal beads or dildoes. When choosing an anal plug, you will need to consider the size and material. Beginner butt plug users should look for the smallest size possible like a Snug Plug while a metal or silicone plug is suitable for even round-the-clock use.

How Do You Insert a Butt Plug?

Before you get started, the first thing that you may be worried about is how to keep things clean during butt play. Some people don’t realise that pornstars undergo a full anal enema before they shoot scenes, and while you don’t need to go that far, a shower and a careful wash will help you to enjoy anal play without any worries.

After that, the important thing is to try and relax as much as possible and to choose a butt plug that you feel comfortable with. Most people’s first butt plug ends up being far smaller than they originally expected.

You may want to take a bath in warm water first to relax your anal opening, and then when you feel ready, slowly insert the butt plug into your anus. If you feel a lot of resistance or your anus is just too tight, take a break and allow your anal sphincter to relax before you try again.

Remember that the anus is not self-lubricating like a vagina, so you will need to use a lot of lube.

adult lube being placed onto a banana representing a sex toy

What Type of Lube Should You Use?

The type of lube you use is very important particularly if you are using a silicone butt plug. Silicone-based lubes can actually degrade silicone toys so you will need to use water or oil-based lube if you have a silicone toy. If you have a metal butt plug then you can use oil, water, or silicone lube depending on your own preferences.

Water-based lube is usually seen as a good all-round choice because it is kind to skin, washes off easily and won’t stain your sheets.

Do Butt Plugs Hurt?

The honest answer to this question is it depends. If you have a particularly tight anus and you start out with a massive butt plug then obviously you are likely to feel some discomfort (to say the least). The important thing is to know your limits and ease your way into butt plug play.

Start out with a small plug, about the size of your finger at its widest point. If you have any trouble inserting it, use more lube and take your time. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and don’t try to force it.

Can a Butt Plug Get Stuck Inside You?

As explained above, a butt plug’s flared base will prevent it from being sucked up inside you. This is very important because it could be very difficult (and embarrassing if you need a hospital trip) to get it out again. You need to be very careful when using other types of butt toys which don’t have flared bases if you want to keep your body safe and enjoy anal stimulation without any risks.

Can You Wear a Butt Plug at All Times?

The answer to this question is yes and no. Most butt plugs are made from a non-porous material like silicone or stainless steel so they are technically designed to be worn at all times. Indeed, many people do keep their butt plugs in 24/7 without any issues at all.

However, we are all built differently and some people may experience some discomfort or potential risks from 24/7 use. One potential issue is that butt plugs can squeeze the fragile lining between the anal sphincter and the anus and over time this could cause damage. Just be mindful of any discomfort or pain and stop using your butt plug if you experience any unpleasant sensations.

For those people who enjoy keeping their butt plug in at all times, one really fun option is a vibrating butt plug. Vibrating butt plugs work by remote control which you can give to your partner (or keep yourself!) Not only will a vibrating plug stimulate all of the sensitive nerve endings in your butt, it can also help to relax your sphincter muscles.

collection of black butt plugs of various shapes and sizes

Do You Need any Additional Devices?

The great thing about using a butt plug 24/7 is that you don’t need any extra devices or equipment to keep it in place. The butt plug’s shape will keep it securely in your anus until you decide to take it out. However, there are other devices that have a butt plug attached such as special chastity belts and cages.

These are popular among BDSM and bondage lovers who like using a butt plug in their dom-sub play. Butt plugs are fantastic sex toys, no matter what your gender or sexual orientation, because as the old saying goes, “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.”

Why Do People Use Butt Plugs?

There are many reasons why people use a butt plug including anal play, anal sex, oral and vaginal sex and anal training.

Anal Play

First of all, many people use a butt plug because they enjoy butt play. The best butt plugs are designed to heighten your sensitivity while special toys like a vibrating butt plug will relax your anal stimulate all the nerve endings. Butt play can be foreplay before anal sex or can be the sex act itself either during masturbation or partnered sex.

For many people, the day they discover the P Spot during their early butt plug adventures is the day their sex life changes forever! (If you don’t know what the P Spot is, feel free to follow this link.)

Anal Sex

Some people also use a butt plug to get them ready for anal penetrative sex. As explained above, butt plugs are designed to help relax anal sphincters which can make anal sex easier and more pleasurable. Butt plugs are not just good for physical preparation, however.

For many people, having their butt plug inserted all day when they know they will be taking it out for sex later is a really naughty way to get in the mood.

Oral and Vaginal Sex

Some women enjoy inserting a butt plug during vaginal penetration because it squeezes the vaginal wall. This can make vaginal penetration more pleasurable because it makes it easier for the penis or sex toy to stimulate the G spot which can lead to a very intense orgasm.

Many people also like to use a butt plug while receiving oral sex because it increases sensitivity and the giver can also twist and pull the base of the butt plug to enhance their pleasure.

Anal Training

Another reason why many people use a butt plug is to train their anuses to make anal sex easier. The best way to do this is with an anal training kit which is comprised of multiple butt plugs in various sizes. You start out with the smallest plug in the kit and work your way up to the bigger ones over time.

It can be a lot of fun to measure your progression and you may be amazed at just how quickly even the tightest ass can be trained.

How Can You Practice Good Sex Toy Hygiene?

One of the most important things to know about using a butt plug safely is how to keep it clean. You should wash your plug both before and after you use it with a specially designed sex toy cleaner or warm water and mild soap.

You should never transfer your butt plug from your butt to your vagina or vice versa without washing it in between, and if you share your butt plug with other people, you may also want to consider using condoms during use.

The Big Climax

Butt plugs really are amazing sex toys that can take your bedroom activities to a whole new level. Many people are still scared about anal play but you will be amazed at how good it feels once you start to relax and explore. When you first get started with butt plug play, the most important thing is to take it slowly. Even the most experienced anal enthusiasts started out small. Ease your way into it and you will soon be wondering how you ever lived without your butt plug.