The world has gone silver ball crazy thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey but there are so many random names to describe them (jiggle balls, ben wa balls, kegel balls) that you may be finding it hard to figure them out.
As well as providing pleasure, regular use of vaginal balls will help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles over time which will make your vagina feel tighter, improve bladder control and best of all, bless you with more intense and longer lasting orgasms. No wonder Ana Steele loves hers so much.
Sizes, shapes, weights, materials and designs vary wildly and this guide will help you decide which kegel balls are right for you.
Anal douches are incredibly useful tools for fans of anal sex toys and anal sex. They work by cleansing the anus before penetration, ensuring that it’s as clean and hygienic as possible. This not only ensures your play won’t be messy, it alleviates any associated fears, helping you to relax into your pleasure. Many people like to douche in particular before enjoy oral stimulation of the anus, known as rimming or analingus.
Anal douching flushes water through the anus and it then expelled, leaving it clean. Douches come in different sizes and shapes to suit all levels of experience and are incredibly simple to use, even the first time.
Anal vibrators are vibrating toys designed for use in the anus. Anal vibrators come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can be used by anyone with an anus to stimulate the rear's sensitive internal and external nerve endings.
Many anal vibes are curved to stimulate the prostate gland (or 'P-spot'), making them especially pleasurable for men. Others include textures for external stimulation of the perineum, and some can even be operated via remote control.
Toys for anal play should always feature flared bases or finger loops so they're safe to use in the butt. Many anal vibrators start with a tapered head to help ease insertion, and it's always best to use plenty of anal lubricant like Lovehoney Discover Water-Base Anal Lube when playing with an anal toy.
Other toys like butt plugs and anal beads can also vibrate, so why not see if a vibrating version of your favourite anal toy exists?
Anal beads are a great way to slowly and gently experience anal play. Most anal beads start small and increase in circumference the more length you take, allowing your body to adjust to the size. Smooth and spherical, anal beads are easy to insert and non-intimidating.
With their graduated shape, smooth spheres and ergonomic, easy-to-use design, anal beads give you a 'filled-up' feeling that many people find incredibly pleasurable, and can turn a regular orgasm into an earth-shattering experience.
Congratulations on your decision to buy yourself an anal sex toy! So which one are you going to get? If you’re not sure yet, let Lovehoney guide you through the minefield of anal pleasure products so you can find something that is perfect for you.
Above: A butt plug is a great first anal sex toy, but how do you know which is the best butt plug for you? Watch this video guide with Jess Wilde and she'll tell you everything you need to know about shopping for a butt plug for the first time.
From anal beads to douches, we have everything for you to experience incredible anal play. This guide explains all the different varieties of anal toy.
Unlike other insertable sex toys, a butt plug is an anal sex toy that's designed to be inserted and left in place.
Generally speaking, butt plugs are conical-shaped, starting small and gently graduating in size. They usually feature a slimmer 'neck' at the bottom and a flared base for safety.
So why do people use butt plugs, we hear you cry?
A butt plug gently stretches the anus, creating a sensation of fullness and pressure, and stimulating the sensitive internal and external nerve endings.
When the pelvic muscles contract during an orgasm, a butt plug can intensify the sensation, as you're squeezing against something. Using one as part of your sexual repertoire can lead to intense anal fulfilment and amazing orgasms.
It's a fabulous way to explore anal play for the first time, either through solo masturbation or with a partner.
In a line up of sex toys, a butt plug could be pointed out by most people - they're fairly distinctive with a tapered tip to make insertion easy and a flared base that sits outside the body to stop the plug being drawn in.
But while the 'how' is self explanatory (it goes up your bottom, if you were still unsure), lots of people are left wondering 'WHY?!'
In a nutshell, why people use butt plugs is because wearing one during sex, masurbation, foreplay or any other type of sexy fun time can greatly enhance orgasms and pleasure (regardless of your sex or gender).
Read on for more, including which are the best butt plugs for first timers.
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In all sorts of exciting colours, shapes and sizes, dildos are designed with ergonomic curves to stimulate all the right spots - the fact that they don't vibrate doesn't lessen their potential to give pleasure.
To find the perfect dildo, you need to think first consider what you're going to use it for. For example, if you want a dildo for G-spot stimulation you may want one made from a firm material like glass or metal, with a slight angle or curve. If you want to use a dildo anally then you’ll need one with a flared base made from an easily cleaned material.
Once you’ve figured out what you want, we’ll show you how to select the right dildo for you.
Above: Whether you're buying for yourself or someone else, there are some things you need to know before you buy a sex toy. Watch this video guide with Jess Wilde to find out the 7 things you must know before you shop.