What is a Butt Plug?

three pink buttplugs of different sizes with a heart shaped crystal at the base

What is a butt plug? Butt plugs, or anal plugs as they are also known, are sex toys that are specially designed for anal penetration. There are many different types of butt plugs in various shapes and sizes but all of them are designed to provide anal stimulation and enhance your butt play sessions.

Butt plugs and other anal toys can really bring a whole dimension to your sex life, but there are still so many people who are nervous or don’t know how to use a butt plug.

To help everyone understand the joys of booty play, here is everything you need to know about butt plugs and how to use them.

What are Butt Plugs?

As explained above, butt plugs are toys that are specially designed for anal play and stimulation. They are usually cone-shaped with a tapered tip for easy insertion and a flared base to prevent the butt plug from being sucked into your anal canal.

The anus and anal canal have so many sensitive nerve endings, which is why butt toys feel amazing. As well as traditional butt plugs there are also other toys like anal beads, animal tail plugs and specially designed toys for prostate stimulation. Some butt plugs can also be integrated into other functional designs such as anal hooks.

Traditional butt plugs are designed to be inserted and then left in the anus but some people like using a butt plug as a dildo to thrust in and out mimicking a penis during penetrative anal sex. It is important to remember that the anus is not self-lubricating like a vaginal canal so you may need to use a little lube, especially if you are new to butt play.

If your anal opening is particularly tight, then it is always better to use more lube than you would for vaginal penetration. Be aware that silicone lube can potentially degrade a silicone butt plug more quickly so make sure you choose the right lube depending on whether you are using a silicone plug or another material.

What Are They Used For?

Anal Sex

There are two main ways that people use a butt plug for anal sex:

Firstly, some people use an anal plug like a traditional dildo as explained above. This can be done both during penetrative sex between two people and during solo play. To increase pleasure when using a butt plug like this, look out for a ribbed butt plug that will stimulate every part of your anus to maximize pleasure.

The second way that a butt plug can be used for anal sex is for anal training. This is where one person uses a butt plug to stretch their asshole so that it is ready for penetration. If you have a teeny tiny asshole, you will need to start your anal training with a beginner butt plug and work your way up to bigger ones. The best beginner butt plugs are very small and will enable you to stretch your asshole and build your confidence for full anal sex.

Anal Play

Butt plugs and toys like anal beads can also be used for different kinds of butt play. This may involve temperature play where you warm up a silicone toy for anal penetration, prostate play with a specially designed plug, or even some al fresco partnered play with a vibrating butt plug.

Vibrating butt plugs add a whole new dimension to butt plug play. One pro tip is to get a vibrating plug and hand the vibration settings over to your partner while you are out in public. This way they can give you a pleasant surprise when you are least expecting it.

Vaginal Sex

Another reason why some people use a butt plug is that it can bring enhance vaginal sex. Butt plugs push against the vaginal walls, creating a pleasurable pressure inside the vagina, and also making it easier to stimulate the g spot with a penis or sex toy. Keeping a butt plug in during oral sex can also increase sensitivity, especially as your partner will be able to twist, push and pull the flared base of your butt plug to stimulate you.

Bondage and BDSM

Butt plug play can be ideal for lots of different bondage games, BDSM role play, and sexual humiliation and punishment. A vibrating butt plug can be used to punish or pleasure a submissive when they are out in public and many chastity cages and devices have a built-in butt plug to ensure that submissives are not getting up to anything naughty when their masters aren’t there.

What Do They Feel Like?

As with any sex toy, different people get different sensations from butt plug play. The first thing that will affect your experience is how much you can stretch your asshole and don’t be surprised if you have to start out with a tiny butt plug during the early days and weeks of your anal training.

For fans of anal play, butt plugs can help magnify an orgasm to levels unachievable during regular sex. We are all unique and so there are some people who can orgasm purely from anal stimulation. Some people who first try a butt plug may find that it hurts a little but this is very common so don’t worry if this is your experience too.

The best way to get started is to start out by taking a bath in warm water to relax your asshole. Then when you are ready, and using a lot of lube, slowly insert a tiny plug like a B-Vibe Snug Plug. You will eventually be able to work your way up to bigger and bigger plugs and will soon be amazed at how regular training can quickly transform a little pain into a whole lot of pleasure.

Two of the best things about butt plugs is that they can be used by both men and that they can be worn all the time. Unlike other types of toys like regular dildoes, the flared base of a butt plug means that there is no chance of it falling out or being sucked up. Many people feel free to use a butt plug 24/7 without anybody being able to tell. Knowing that you have it inside you while you are at work or doing your grocery shopping can be a huge thrill.

As explained above, butt plug insertion during vaginal and oral sex can also help to heighten sensitivity and create new sensations you have never experienced before. Some people like to use a butt plug on certain occasions while others use a plug every time they have sex. One of the most exciting things about starting out on your butt plug adventure is experimenting and seeing what works best for you.

What are the Different Types of Butt Plugs?

The really exciting thing about butt plugs and other anal toys is that there is such a huge variety of different ones to choose from. There are jewelled plugs, training sets with varying sizes of plugs, tunnel plugs to teach you how to gape and to give full access without removal, prostate massaging plugs and even inflatable plugs for adjustable stretching.

As well as traditional cone-shaped plugs in different sizes, colours and materials, you will also find anal beads, animals tail plugs and chastity cages with integrated anal devices.

Some people prefer a butt plug that is designed to be inserted the whole time, others like a plug that can be used more like a dildo, while others use their anal plug only to stretch themselves out for anal sex.

Anal plugs really are the most versatile and exciting sex toys and there is no limit to the different types of butt plugs available or what you can use them for.

What are Butt Plugs Made From?

There are anal plugs and other toys which come in a wide range of different materials, each providing a different sensation as well as having certain practical advantages. The main materials used for butt plugs are:


Glass is a fantastic material because it is smooth and so is easy to insert, particularly if lubed up. Glass is also excellent for temperature play because it can be easily warmed up in hot water or cooled down by putting it in the freezer. This means you can experience whole new sensations which can really take your sex to a whole other level.

Glass plugs are also popular because they are transparent which means you and your partner will be able to see right inside your asshole. If this gets you going, opt for a glass tunnel plug and you won’t just be able to see through it, you will have full access without needing to take the plug out.


Like all silicone toys, silicone plugs are very popular because it is a very malleable material, has a smooth texture, and can be made to feel like a real penis. Silicone butt plugs are soft, easy to insert and come in every size, colour and shape you can think of. Silicone is a 100% non-toxic, non-reactive and non-porous material which makes silicone plugs perfectly safe for everyday use.


Metal is another material that is used for many sex toys including butt plugs because like silicone and glass, it is safe, easy to clean, and durable. Anal toys need particular hygiene considerations for safe use but metal, in particular stainless steel, can be easily sterilised. This makes it the ideal material for 24/7 use which is why many stainless steel chastity cages and belts with integrated anal devices are made from stainless steel.


While it used to be very popular, these days hard plastic is beginning to be phased out of sex toy manufacturing because while it is a very cheap material, it is not very durable or easy to clean. Plastic toys often have edges and creases from manufacturing which can be very sharp or uncomfortable. There are many different types of plastic, and while the majority are relatively safe, there are some types that can be potentially toxic.

Generally speaking, while you can still find plastic plugs on the market, it is usually worth spending a few extra dollars for a safer, more durable, and more pleasurable material. If you like the texture of hard plastic then try a sturdy silicone plug or even a stainless steel one and you will probably find that they are even more comfortable.

Other Materials

As well as these common materials you can also find butt plugs made from a range of other materials such as rubber and wood. Rubber is not a great material for butt plugs, particular rubber jelly, which is quick to break down and also contains chemicals called phthalates. These potentially toxic substances are also found in some hard plastics so you should always make sure that you look for toys that are phthalate-free. By doing this and always following safe hygiene practices, you will be able to ensure your safety, comfort and pleasure at all times. The important thing is that you make sure they are safe and that you follow safe hygiene practices.

The Big Climax

Butt plugs can elevate your bedroom activities to a whole other level! They are perfect for solo play, for experimenting with your partner, for enhancing your orgasm and for exploring your body. There are so many different types of plugs available that you will be sure to find something that fits (no pun intended) you perfectly! It is important to remember that we are all built differently and that the best way to get started is to ease your way into it.