Butt Plugs 101: The Ins (and Outs) of Anal Toys

by Hannah Lovegrove

on Aug 11, 2022

Got a few questions about butt plugs that you want to get to the bottom of (pun intended)? Welcome to our Butt Plugs 101, where we cover the hard-hitting booty plug FAQs.

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Interested in anal plugs? Perhaps you’ve got a few questions you want answered before you give anal exploration a crack. Whether you’re wondering what a butt plug does, how to insert an anal plug, or what to use to plug your ring, we’ve got all your burning booty questions covered.

Your anoos is packed to the rim (literally) with sensitive nerve endings that can feel absolutely sensational when stimulated. But how exactly are you meant to fondle your freckle? Willies and fingers can be super fun of course, but there’s a whole other world of fantastical toys that are specially designed to pleasure your patootie.

This is where the trusty butt plug comes in. Available in a range of different shapes, sizes and materials, a good old-fashioned butt plug makes for a perfect playmate for your posterior if you’re planning on a little bumfunnery. And under the right circumstances, using a butt plug can help you to achieve more intense orgasms and even a full-body gland finale. So without further ado, let’s get into the ins and outs of booty plugs.

What does a Butt Plug do?

There’s a whole bunch of reasons why people use anal plugs. Butt plugs are designed to stimulate all those glorious nerve endings in your rump as well as provide a ‘fuller’ feeling during vaginal penetration.

Depending on the material of the butt plug, it’ll offer different sensations. Here’s a quick breakdown of what different butt plug materials offer in terms of weight and feeling.

Glass & Metal Butt Plugs


Glass and metal butt plugs are much more rigid than other materials, which makes them perfect for firm, weighty stimulation. These plugs are temperature responsive, so you can warm them up or cool them down to add another dimension to your patootie play. They’re also compatible with any type of anal lube, so you don’t have to worry about them deteriorating with the wrong love juice.

Silicone Butt Plugs


Silicone butt plugs are silky, smooth and soft, making them a great if you’re after something a little less rigid. Silicone is often the top choice for high-end sex toys thanks to its super-luxe feel and seam-free finish. With silicone butt plugs, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a good-quality water-based anal lube. Lovehoney Discover Water-Based Anal Lube is a favourite among Lovehoney customers and can be paired with all sex toy materials for that extra cushion and glide during anal play.

Vibrating Butt Plugs


Vibrating butt plugs are perfect for a bit of added stimulation courtesy of those rumbly sensations. Remote-controlled vibrating plugs in particular are a great addition to couples tushy play as you can literally hand the control over to your kinky companion. Vibrating butt plugs usually come with a whole bunch of different vibrational patterns, so you can really tailor your anal pleasure.

Curved Butt Plugs


Finally, curved plugs lend themselves well to P-spot stimulation for penis owners. Finding your P-Spot straight off the bat can be a little tricky, but the expertly curved shaft and rounded head of a prostate massager will help you hit that hidden walnut without too much hassle. Even though these special booty plugs have been specially designed for people with peenies, that's not to mean they can’t be enjoyed by anyone and everyone with a bootyhole.

How to insert a Butt Plug


So, how exactly do you plug it? If there’s one thing to take from our Anal 101, it’s that lube is your best friend. Or more specifically, anal lube. Before you get started, you’ll want to lube up the goods. This includes both the toy and yourself. Make sure you reach for a good-quality anal lubricant for the job. Anal lubes are a lot thicker than regular lube, so they’ll help your plug glide on in. They’re also much longer lasting, so you can really take your time and enjoy your anal play.

Whether you go for a water-, silicone- or oil-based anal lube, just make sure it’s compatible with the material of your plug.

Once you’ve slathered on the slippery stuff, it’s time to get yourself into a comfortable possie that allows for easy hind access. If you’re in need of a bit of inspo, we’ve got all the best anal positions in one handy place, or you can take a look at our dedicated sex positions page that’s updated regularly by the experts.

When it comes to actually inserting the plug, take it slowly and gently, especially if this is your first foray into bum fun. Sometimes it can help to take a nice, deep breath in. On the exhale, relax your muscles and slowly press the tip of the plug into your ring. As the plug works its way inside of you, it’ll pass through the sensitive external muscle. You might find it a little ticklish, but if it’s not causing any pain then keep on pushing through. As you go deeper, the plug will reach the internal muscle. Remember to take your time here. A bit of discomfort is completely normal, but if you experience any pain whatsoever, then stop immediately.

Once your plug is firmly in place, you should feel an incredible sense of fullness - and even a bit of weight, depending on the material. If you’re a penis owner, you might even feel the plug pushing against your prostate or P-spot. From here you can gently squeeze and relax your muscles for a delicious internal massage, or you might even want to try rubbing one out to see if you can chase that elusive blended O.

If you happen to pop your cookies while you’ve got the plug inserted, your booty muscles would have contracted, so make sure to give them a quick moment to relax again before attempting to remove the plug. Once you’re ready to pop it out, relax your bod and gently pull on the base to remove it.

Lovehoney has a whole stack of beginner friendly anal toys and slimline butt plugs that are perfect for first-timers, so make sure you take it easy with a petite playmate for your peachy cheeks. Don’t be tempted to jump straight to the girthiest plug out there. If you’re keen to learn more about how to harness that beautiful booty bliss, you can read our guide on how to use a butt plug.

What can I use as a Butt Plug?


No doubt you’ve heard a few stories about the crazy things people stick up their clacker that end up landing them in the emergency room. If you don’t want to end up being the butt of a story like this, we suggest you stick to a regular old butt plug or booty toy for your anal activities.

When looking for a butt plug, you’ll want to find something with a tapered tip, wide bulb, slender neck and, most importantly, a flared base.

The sphincter is a surprisingly strong muscle that has a funny habit of sucking things up into the anoos. A booty toy with a flared base helps to keep them firmly in place for added peace of mind.

The tapered tip of the butt plugs lends itself to easy insertion, while the girthier bulb section is what provides that pleasurable ‘filled up’ sensation. The slim neck and flared base will help to keep that sucker in place while you get down to business.

Do Butt Plugs hurt?

Putting a plug up your peachy cheeks for the very first time isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. A little bit of discomfort is completely normal, but you should never feel any pain. If you’re finding that your anal play is hurting, then it’s your body’s way of telling you to stop. In this instance you might want to try adding a bit more lube, coming at it from a different angle, or even downsize your toy before progressing your play to something girthier.

How do I care for my Butt Plug?


Regardless of how spotless you think your backside is, it’s full of germs and bacteria that you don’t want to take up residence on your booty plug. If you want to get the most out of your plug, you need to make sure you’re taking good care of it. Check out our guides to cleaning and storing your sex toys to learn everything you need to know about caring for your booty plug.

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Hannah Lovegrove

Written by Hannah Lovegrove.

Originally published on Aug 11, 2022. Updated on Aug 12, 2022