Well after my post about cock rings, I received an email asking about butt plugs and how long it was safe to wear a butt plug without causing harm.

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Before I dive in too deep, for the uninitiated a butt plug is a special type of sex toy that is designed to be placed inside the anus for sexual pleasure. They can also help dilate the muscles for anal sex. Normally flange shaped, most butt plugs have a thinner middle section to accommodate the anal sphincters and help keep the toy in place. Most butt plugs have a wide base to help prevent the toy moving further into the anus.

What Is The Best Way To Choose A Butt Plug?

As a guide on how to choose a butt plug it’s always best to start with smaller sizes and slowly work your way up. The key to a good quality butt plug is that they are smooth and don’t have any sharp surfaces that could scratch the delicate lining of the anal canal. Softer materials like rubber, silicone and vinyl make for great toys as they are soft yet firm enough to allow easy insertion.

If you are allergic to rubber you need to avoid latex or rubber anal toys.

When buying any sort of anal toys it’s best to avoid cheaper toys as they can be made of low grade materials including petroleum products that can burn the lining of the anal canal. For this reason I highly recommend considering the toys made by Square Peg as they are made with high grade silicone and when cared for properly are virtually indestructible.

Due to the risk of breaking never use anal toys made of glass.

For longer wear butt plugs with a smaller diameter where the anal sphincters sit makes for increased comfort. A good example of this style butt plug is “The World’s Most Comfortable Butt Plug” by the guys at Mr S Leather

When choosing anal toys it’s important to get toys with a nice big base to avoid it falling inside your body and an embarrassing trip to the emergency room.

Of course the anus was not designed to have a toy like this in place so there is bound to be some sort of reaction when a butt plug is in place. Some people can only tolerate having a toy in place for a few minutes when starting but there are some people who say they are able to comfortably wear a plug for many hours.

How To Get Started Using A Butt Plug

When getting started with any form of anal play the key to success is starting slow and steady.

Start with a smaller size anal toys, slowly working up to larger sizes. If you try to rush too big too fast this can lead to scratching, tearing or damage to the tissues of the anal canal that may cause scaring and loss of enjoyment.

The more relaxed and comfortable you are the easier insertion will be. Take your time, it’s not a race! Enjoy the new sensations and of course make sure you use plenty of lube!

Choosing The Best Lube For Your Anal Toys

When it comes to choosing a lubricant for butt plugs there are many choices. Below are the suggested lubes for different butt plugs.

For Vinyl Toys:

You can use any sort of lube. Silicone, oil based or water based lubes will work great with vinyl toys.

For Rubber or Latex Toys:

You need to avoid using oil based lubes. Oil based lubes will destroy rubber and latex. It’s best to use water based or silicone based lubes with rubber toys.

For Silicone Toys:

Silicone lubes can dissolve the surface of silicone toys leaving small pits. This makes cleaning very hard. Only use water based or oil based lubes with silicone toys.

So How Long Is Too Long To Wear A Butt Plug?

You may be surprised but there is very little research done on this topic. Majority of the information is anecdotal and based on medical common sense.

If you notice any pain, discomfort or bleeding, it’s important to take the plug out immediately. Deeper than 2-3 inches into the anus there are no longer pain receptors like in the skin, so sensations of discomfort may be different. If you get cramps, feel irritable or feeling of bloating these can also be signs of damage so be sure to remove the toy straight away.

Because of the design of butt plugs, the edge of the plug can squeeze the delicate lining of the anus between the anal sphincter and the toy, this causes decreased blood flow and if prolonged can cause damage or ulceration. For this reason it’s not recommended wearing butt plugs for longer than 2-3 hours at at time, even when comfortable.

If at any time there is pain, bleeding or discomfort that lasts longer than a few minutes after removal of a butt plug, seek medical help immediately.

To prevent potential sharing of blood and body fluids, never share sex toys and if they are going to be used on multiple people place a condom on the toy and change the condom between users.

How To Clean Anal Toys

Proper cleaning of anal toys is essential to ensure health and avoiding sharing any blood born diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

To clean butt plugs simply wash off any fecal matter that may be on the toy under hot water. Then soap up your hands with antibacterial soap and give them a good clean under hot water. It’s best to avoid using scrubbing tools or brushes as this can scratch the surfaces of the toy leading to scratching of the anus and damage to the toy.

Allow the toy to air dry then pack away for later use. Placing toys next to each other can lead to damage of the toy so it’s best to place each toy into an individual zip lock bag before packing away. This will keep them clean and fresh for your next play session.

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Well I hope that this has made sense and helps increase your safety and enjoyment of anal play with toys. If you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to leave a comment below.