Butt Plugs & Anal Beads 101: Your butt will thank you!

Butt Plugs

Butt plugs or anal beads. Anal beads or butt plugs.

That is the age-old question, isn’t it? Maybe not, but if you have ever wondered what the difference is between the two or would just like to learn more about them, this blog is for you!

If you recall, the anus is an erogenous zone for both men and women! It is the gateway to the Prostate or P-Spot and the vaginal G-Spot and A-Spot. What the heck is an A-spot, you might ask? The A-spot, also known as the deep spot or female prostate, is about two inches higher than the G-spot.

Regardless of gender, genitalia, or orientation everyone has an anus.  Enter butt plugs and anal beads. They are the UNIVERSAL sex toy, and they are increasing in popularity. It’s about time the butt gets its due!

When it comes to both, the most important rule is to take it slow and apply enough lubrication. Okay, that was two rules, but they go together like masturbation and vibrators. And just like vibrators, there are a wide variety of anal toys on the market.

For starters, think of it this way, a butt plug is stationary whereas beads provide stimulation through movement. Guess what? Anal orgasms are real! Let’s get started with the difference!

Butt plugs

Butt plugs usually are teardrop in shape and have a wider base preventing the plug from getting lost inside you. They can be similar in size to a bullet vibe; however, their slight shape variation makes all the difference. In short, don’t use a bullet in your rectum or you might be playing hide-in-seek.

The best part about the butt plug, you can wear them in public, during submissive play, and even during vaginal penetration. Just make sure you start with short sessions and gradually work your way to wearing it for longer periods of time. As you get more comfortable you can move to more complex butt plugs, consider trying a vibrating plug. This will resemble the sensation of rimming.

Butt plugs can be used to stretch your anus and get you ready for bigger and better things. As with any sex toy, start slow and experiment. Alicia Sinclair, certified sex educator & CEO of b-Vibe, an anal play product company calls the butt plug “the pleasure product for any body and anybody.”

Anal Beads

Anal beads are best used while the person is on the verge of or even in the middle of an orgasm. An advantage of anal beads is that if you are a beginner, you don’t have to insert the entire strand.

Anal beads are enjoyed as each bead pops out at the time of the orgasm. Most anal beads have a size progression with the larger ones closest to the end,  implying that the largest one is the last one in and the first one out. The shape of the anal beads is that it gives you the opportunity to play with speed and angles. Typically they are flexible, but you can get them in metal or glass. Be very careful with those that use nylon or string as those can break during play.

A few things that you should keep in mind with both butt plugs and anal beads: Always use precautions. 1. Use lots of lube. 2. Clean as you would any other sex toy. 3. Don’t use it if you are experiencing any anal conditions. 

You may still have some questions that you feel sound silly. This should help – First, you won’t poop. It is going to feel like you might, but you won’t. When wearing a butt plug or using anal beads, you are stimulating the same nerves.  Second, it shouldn’t hurt. Again, use lots of lube and take it slow. Psst, in case you missed it, your anus is not self-lubing. So lube up! Last, it will not get lost. Only use those made for your behind. They are shaped that way for a reason.


To summarize, here’s the skinny:

Butt plugs: stay where you put them, bring constant pressure, stretch your anus, provide a fuller feeling against the vaginal or prostate wall.

Anal beads: create pleasure during movement, easy to use due to their flexibility, variety of sizes, progression of bead size allows for the ability to gauge your comfort level upon insertion. 

Both anal beads and butt plugs can add a lot to your sexual play, but they are not for everyone. Don’t give up, you may just need to tweak your technique. And P.S. just because you use a butt plug or anal beads doesn’t mean you want to have anal sex. 

So which one comes out on top. If you ask us, there is not a decisive winner between the two. But that’s for you to decide. Once you give them a try, we’re sure you will get BEHIND us on this one! 

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