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.
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 easy to clean material.
Once you’ve figured out what you want, we’ll show you how to select the right dildo for you.
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When you want straight-forward satisfaction, you should reach for a dildo. Available in many different colours, shapes and sizes, dildos are designed to provide penetrative pleasure unlike anything else.
When you’re starting out with dildos, all you want to do is type ‘nice dildo’ into Google and be presented with a single result which is the perfect dildo for you! Sadly, the world of dildos doesn’t work quite like that, but we’ve devised a category system which should help.
Most strap-on harness kits have either a hole or an O-ring that you slot the dildo into, and usually come with at least one dildo to start you off. Once you discover the joys of strap-on sex though, you'll be hungry to try dildos in new shapes and sizes - or may be be ready to go bigger.
This guide will give you all the information you need to choose the right dildo to fit your strap-on. And remember, with our generous returns policy you can always check your dildo in your harness at home and if it doesn't fit, just send it back.
The very definition of a couple's plaything, strap-on sex toys are designed to switch up the sexual dynamics in your relationship. They can be used by straight people, gay people, bi people, pansexual people... pretty much anyone!
In this guide, we'll cover all the need-to-know information you need if you're looking to introduce a strap-on to your playtime, including how to choose them and how to use them.