How To Use A Butt Plug For Wild Anal Pleasure

This butt plug 101 guide will explain exactly what a butt plug is, why they can provide you (and your partner) with more sexual pleasure and most importantly…how to use a butt plug safely and enjoyably. I’ve also added some extra butt plug tips near the end for those that want freakier/kinkier sex 😉butt plug

What Is a Butt Plug?

A butt plug is a sex toy meant to be inserted anally. Plugs consist of an insertable portion known as the shaft or bulb, a base that remains outside your booty, and a thinner neck (or stem) that connects the parts. From straight on, many plugs look like a spade.

There’s plenty of variation when it comes to butt plugs, however. They can be made from a variety of materials, including glass, wood, silicone, and metal, to name a few. The shaft may be tapered or more rounded and can have multiple bulges. Furthermore, many plugs are straight, but some may have curved shafts or necks.

The base may be flat, squared, round, or even shaped like a hook or anchor. The base can also serve as a handle and may be a loop or circle. Some plugs have decorative gems at the base or animal “tails,” which add an element of fantasy to your play.

It’s understandable if you’re asking, “What does a butt plug do?” At its most basic, it just fills you up. There’s no thrusting or motion. But some plugs also vibrate (some even come with remotes to control them), while others may be connected to cock rings or other toys, which allows them to serve two functions at the same time.

Why Is the Purpose of a Butt Plug?

The easiest answer is to provide pleasurable anal stimulation. However, there are specific reasons or aspects of using a butt plug that appeal to some people.

  • Spicing up sex – people like using butt plugs because they’ve novel, and some especially like the taboo of anal play or that they can wear butt plugs in public without anyone knowing. 14 incredible tips to spice up sex.
  • Pleasurable stimulation – using a butt plug can feel good because it’s filling or stimulates the prostate. Some people can have anal orgasms while using a butt plug!
  • BDSM punishment – butt plugs can be used as a form of punishment, especially if they’re large and/or uncomfortable. Here are another 16 BDSM punishment ideas to keep things spicy!
  • Anal training – you can train your anus to take larger toys through anal training, which is done both for its own sake and to prepare for anal sex. Read: Anal training guide.
  • Role play – butt plugs with animal tails can function like costumes during role play, especially during pet play.
  • Double penetration – combining a butt plug in the anus with a penis, sex toy, or fingers in the vagina is one way to experience double penetration

How to Use a Butt Plug Safely

Before you actually try using a butt plug, you absolutely need to know how to do so safely. Improper use of sex toys, including butt plugs, or inserting anything to your anus that isn’t designed for you to do so safely can result in toys becoming difficult to remove or traveling deeper into your body.

Sometimes this requires a trip to the emergency room and surgery to fix – People really do end up in ER to have lost butt plugs removed, along with sex toys or some other item they inserted anally. There is even scientific research on this…

One study found that 41% of items that had to be surgically removed from the rectum were sex toys [1]!

Make sure it has a flared base – The most important way to avoid this uncomfortable, awkward, and expensive trip to the doctor is to always choose anal toys with a flared base or handle. The base should be noticeably wider than the stem/neck. Otherwise, your anus could swallow it right up! This is actually why it’s a bad idea to insert anything just because it fits.

Narrow neck – A narrow neck also ensures that the butt plug sits in place. If the neck isn’t narrow enough for the size of the shaft, the plug might slide out because your anus can’t close enough. Similarly, make sure the neck is long enough to let your anal sphincter close around it as much as possible. This isn’t a safety issue necessarily, but it can be annoying.

Make sure it can’t break – Although this guide focuses on butt plugs, avoid any toys with rough edges or items that could break off. This includes vegetables and candles!

Be careful with glass butt plugs that have looped handles, which could be more susceptible to breaking than other bases.

Is the material body safe? – Finally, the material can play a role in butt plug safety because some materials are porous. This means that they have tiny holes where bacteria can hide even after you wash the toy. 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.

That’s right, don’t use any toy vaginally after it was in your butt (the same goes for a partner’s body parts!).

Fortunately, non-porous toys don’t harbor bacteria in the same way. Soap and water cleaning will do a better job of removing all those germs. You can also disinfect toys made from nonporous materials such as metal, glass, or silicone by boiling, spraying with a 10% bleach solution, or popping them in the dishwasher (top rack, no soap, not with dishes).

Proper cleaning is important no matter what your butt plug is made from. Slipping your plug into a condom can make cleanup even easier.

How to Insert a Butt Plug

If you need a step-by-step guide to using a butt plug, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to skip sections if they don’t apply to you. For instance, you may already have talked to your partner about using a butt plug or only plan to use it by yourself.

Try It Alone First?

If you want to try butt plugs, you have to decide whether your first go will be by yourself or with a partner. Going solo might be less pressure and give you a chance to see how your body reacts and deal with any mess.

On the other hand, it might be easier for a partner to insert the butt plug because they can position themselves behind you. Or you may specifically want to use a butt plug during other sexual activities.

It’s all up to you.

Talk About It First

You don’t want to insert anything into someone else’s butt without asking first. Some people may not be interested in having anything in their back door at all. Others may want to prepare first. This preparation is key to minimizing messy accidents and pain.

So talk to your partner about it, whether you’re interested in trying a butt plug on you, having them wear one, or both. Remember, you don’t have to start anal play with a butt plug. Fingers are smaller and may be a better way to ease into it.

Related: How to Use Anal Fingering to Double Your Pleasure

Prepare for Penetration

Like any backdoor play, butt plugs can require a little preparation. It goes without saying that if your GI system doesn’t feel great (gas, loose or compacted stools, etc.), inserting a butt plug is probably a bad idea!

Similarly, the friction from anal play can make hemorrhoids worse [2], so it’s best to wait until they’re healed if you are suffering from them.

Cleaning – Having a clean bowel movement is usually a sign that you’re good to go with a butt plug. Using wet wipes or showering after your bowel movement can give you additional peace of mind. You don’t generally need to use an anal douche or enema, although you could if you really wanted to be squeaky clean.

Get more tips in our guide to preparing for anal sex.

Shaving – Similarly, you don’t need to shave, but you might prefer to. If your hair is especially long, it could potentially catch on a butt plug, not to mention catch debris that you’d rather not deal with during sexy times.

Even if you’re regular and clean-shaven, using a butt plug can be a bit painful, especially your first time. That’s why we recommend starting with a small plug – something similar to the size of a finger or two.

We cannot stress this enough:, you can always move on to a larger butt plug, but you can’t undo a painful experience with a plug that’s too big.

Assume the Position

You can pretty much use a butt plug in any position where your backside is exposed. But some positions might be more comfortable or be easier to insert a plug, especially if you’re going solo. The following positions are all good options when playing with a butt plug.

  • Doggy style
  • On your back with your knees pulled to your chest
  • Squatting
  • On your side with the knee of your top leg pulled to your chest

Use Lube

Because the anus doesn’t self-lubricate like the vagina, you should use lube. Saliva isn’t enough. Although some people like the tightness or friction, not using lube can cause micro-tears that bacteria or viruses love to take advantage of, potentially leaving you with an infection that needs medical care.

You can lubricate your booty, the butt plug, or both. It’s up to you, but we recommend both.

Go Slowly

Slow is key when it comes to using a butt plug. Before you insert the plug, you might even want to experiment with fingers first. Of course, you can skip this step if your toy is about the same size as fingers, you’re already experienced with anal sex or other types of backdoor play, or you’re dead set on diving in.

When it is time, slowly insert the lubricated butt plug. The entrance to your anus is a ring of muscles known as the anal sphincter, and you need to push the shaft of the plug past that point for it to stay in place.

You can relax your body to make penetration easier. It might sound contradictory, but slightly pushing your sphincter against the toy can make insertion easier. Some people even say that relaxing your throat will do the same to your anus.

If you experience too much pain, pause with the toy in place and breathe. Let your body get used to how the butt plug feels. If it’s too much, you can remove it and try again later.

You should never use numbing products for anal play. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. And if you numb all pain, you may not notice injuries right away and could make them worse.

Instead, go slow. Breathe. Listen to your body and work with it.

8 Kinky Ideas when Using a Butt Plug for Kinkier Sex

You can always insert a butt plug and leave it, but if you want to fully incorporate a plug into your sexual activities, check out the suggestions for using anal plugs below.

1. Masturbation

Try stroking your clit or penis with a butt plug inserted. You could even skip genital stimulation to see how you can pleasure yourself with just the butt plug!

2. Foreplay

Butt plugs work well as foreplay in multiple ways. First, you and your partner can play with plugs before moving on to other activities.

Psst, these other foreplay tricks are great if you want to mix things up. However, the real butt plug tip might be this:

Foreplay can start well before you’re in the same room as your partner. Pop in a butt plug earlier in the day to help get your body and mind ready for what will come later. The sensation can be pleasurable and naughty. This is the same reason some people like to wear ben wa balls during the day.

Read more about ben wa balls.

3. During Sexual Activities

A butt plug can easily be worn when giving a blow job or eating pussy, fingering, or a handjob. If there’s a toy, cock, or fingers in your vagina, it’s one way to experience double penetration without inviting someone else into the bedroom. And if you have a penis, you also have a prostate, and a butt plug is one way to stimulate it.

4. During Everyday Activities

Whether you’re following directions from your dominant, getting horny for a date later, or training your ass, you can wear a butt plug during your daily activities, perhaps sending your lover a message to let them know what you’re doing.

Related: 43 Sexy Text Messages

Just make sure the plug is comfortable, and you can move with it in.

Psst, some readers gave us this advice for using a butt plug during the day: wear a thong to keep it in place.

Respect your body while using the toy, even if it means not sleeping with a butt plug.

5. Anal Training

Anal training is the process of getting your anus ready to take larger items or body parts. It’s kind of like gauging your ears–you start small and increase the size incrementally until you can take a toy or cock that’s much bigger than what you could have taken without preparation.

You can buy plug sets for butt plug training or simply purchase toys in different sizes. Anal training might happen during a single session if your next toy isn’t significantly larger. Or you could start by inserting a butt plug and finish with anal sex, now that your butt will be able to handle it easier.

If you’re nervous or anal penetration is especially painful, training might take longer, however.

6. Role Play

As we mentioned above, some butt plugs have tails or are decorated in ways that make them perfect for role play. Adding some blinders, a riding crop, and other tack with the right plug will complete your pony play wardrobe, for example.

However, you’re not limited to a single species during role play.

Looking for a different role play butt plug idea? Try wearing a plug as a character who is smuggling something in their anus!


Whether you’re into bedroom bondage or lifestyle BDSM, a butt plug can elevate your kinky play. Try one of these butt plug techniques on for size.

  • Spank your partner while they wear a plug
  • Tease your partner with a remote-controlled vibrating butt plug in public
  • Make your partner wear a butt plug and gender-bent clothing
  • Pull out a plug in a public place and make your partner insert it in the bathroom
  • Use a butt plug and chastity device/cock cage at the same time (because prostate orgasms don’t necessarily need penis stimulation)
  • Give the remote to a vibrating butt plug to your partner during cuck play (works great if you’re into cuckqueening)

8. Hot and Cold

The final technique for using a butt plug you might want to try is temperature play. You can either place the plug into a bowl of cool or hot water (never microwave it, which could cause burns!) or apply warming or heating lube. If you’ve never used the lube before, test it out before slathering a butt plug with it.

Butt Plugs for Beginners

When choosing your first butt plug, you may be so excited that you accidentally choose a plug that is too large and feels uncomfortable.

Our advice is to start out first with anal fingering from either your partner or by yourself to get an idea of what size would feel best for you. Once you have an idea of what feels right, choose a plug that is a fraction smaller than you think you need. This way you reduce the risk of uncomfortably stretching yourself.

Once you can comfortably insert and wear this smaller size, you can get one that’s a little bigger if you want to feel fuller or stretched.

Try to stick to silicone or glass plugs. Reviews on the manufacturer or retailer’s site can be helpful, as can those by sex toy bloggers.

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