FAQ

WHO IS A BUTT PLUG MADE FOR?

The design of a butt plug isn’t gendered. This makes it great for men and well as women. Your partner might enjoy a butt plug because it stimulates his prostate when inserted as a specific angle, but just because you don’t have a prostate doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy the sensation of a plug. In fact, you might enjoy the feeling of double penetration with a plug in your butt and your partner’s penis in your vagina.

ARE BUTT PLUGS SAFE?

Generally yes. There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re using butt plugs safely.

  1. Choose a plug with a thin neck and a significantly wider base. If the neck and base have similar thicknesses, the base could slip inside you, making it difficult to remove the plug.
  2. Choose a plug made from body-safe materials that are nonporous. This also makes cleanup easier. You’ll learn about materials in the next section.
  3. Skip butt plugs that are glass with that have ends in looped/ringed handles. These rings are especially susceptible to breakage.

WHAT IS A BUTT PLUG MADE OF?

Butt plugs are also available in a variety of materials, including:

  • Stainless steel
  • Silicone
  • Glass
  • Ceramic
  • Wood

All of these materials are or can be treated to become nonporous, which means you can safely sterilize them by boiling for several minutes or with a dip in bleach. You’ll also find anal plugs made of jelly, PVC, TPR and silicone “blends.” These materials are porous, containing tiny holes that can harbor bacteria. Not only can those materials lead to reactions with your own body, but you should absolutely never share toys made of jelly or swap them between orifices.

HOW DO YOU USE A BUTT PLUG?

The same is true when you’re new to butt plugs. Start with a narrower plug. Your first plug should be smooth and have no ridges or bumps, but you might move onto a textured plug in the future. You might prefer to lubricate your anus instead of the plug. Lubricating the plug and not your anus can make it slippery and difficult to insert. Insert slowly. It might be more comfortable to lie down than to sit or stand as you become accustomed to the feeling of the plug.

WHAT IS A BUTT PLUG SET?

Because butt plugs are designed to create a full feeling, you’ll find yourself in good company if you want to increase the size of your plugs. In fact, you’ll find sets of plugs created in increasing size that are designed specifically for this activity. Once you’ve grown accustomed to a smaller butt plug, you can work yourself up to a larger one. Butt plug sets are sometimes used in anal training.