Choosing a Toy Guide – Anal/Prostate

Welcome to the Choosing a Toy Guide series. If you haven’t already done so, we recommend reading Choosing a Toy Guide – The Basics first. It provides general information about all types of toys. In this section, we discuss Anal and Prostate toys and things to consider when shopping for them.  

Anal Toys

Although almost any toy can be used for anal pleasure, the ones in our Anal Toy section are usually of two styles: string-of-beads or anal plug. Anal toys  are often designed with retrieval in mind with a pull ring or a wide flared base so they don’t accidentally go too deep.

Prostate Toys

These are insertable toys that stimulate the “male g-spot” called the prostate gland. Located about three to four inches inside the anal cavity, pressing against it or massaging it can create exquisite sensations nearly equivalent to direct penile stimulation.

Men and women have similar considerations when shopping for these types of toys, so we’ve created this section with information for both types of shoppers. You may want to read our Anal Sex articles for more information.

Many of the items in our Anal Toys section are not vibrators, but don’t think that means they’re inherently less fun to use or can’t give as much pleasure than the ones that do vibrate. The entrance to the anal passage has the second highest concentration of nerves anywhere in the human body. That holds the possibility of Lots of pleasure.

Things to consider:

  • Wetter is SO much better! We mentioned using lubricants in Choosing a Toy Guide – The Basics, but have to mention it again here because it’s a virtual requirement with anal play. Unlike the vagina, the anus is not self-lubricating, and attempting anal penetration without enough lubricant is painful and possibly tear the delicate skin.
  • Anal beads often get inserted during foreplay and then removed at the moment of orgasm. The sensation of each bead as it is pulled past the anal ring is a great feeling for many folks.
  • Anal plugs usually have some type of thicker ball at the tip and a thinner shaft at the base that can be gripped by the sphincter, seating it in place so it doesn’t get pushed out accidentally. Some specifically have a T-shaped base that fits between the cheeks and allows the toy to be worn for extended periods while standing or walking.
  • Other toys can work just fine for anal play. Almost anything designed for the vagina can be used for anal stimulation. Look for toys with a handle or cord or some other way to ensure it not get ‘lost’ inside the body. Also, make sure it can be cleaned easily, either by using a condom over the toy, or by using a toy made from a non-porous material like plastic, silicone, or glass.
  • The G-spot is the female prostate. Both are stimulated by toys that have an angled tip to press against that bundle of nerves. Most of the toys marketed for the G-spot will work perfectly on the prostate. You may want to read about our G-Spot Toys or shop our G-spot Toy Selection.
  • Unlike what you learned in kindergarten, you do not want to share these toys! Even with proper cleaning, each person should have their own anal toys and should not let other people use them. You also never want to use the same toy for vaginal and anal play.