Beginners Guide to Anal Beads
If you’ve been shopping around for sex toys before, you might have stumbled across anal beads. These strange looking objects are actually one of the more popular types of sex toy available. If you’ve ended up here though, then you probably don’t know that much about them. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your introduction to the world of anal beads.
What are Anal Beads?
Anal beads are a sex toy belonging to the butt plug family. They usually take the form of a series of balls molded together, or joined by a piece of string. The balls will grow in size as you move down the toy, so as you insert it further into your anus they become larger and larger.
Why do People use Anal Beads?
So, they aren’t much different from butt plugs in design, but why would people use anal beads instead? Unlike butt plugs, you aren’t going to experience fullness or huge amounts of stretching by keeping anal beads inside you for extended periods of time. The appeal instead comes from the action of inserting and removing them.
Due to the changing size of the balls, when you insert or remove anal beads your sphincter muscles will be constantly stretching open and closing back up. This action stimulates the sensitive nerve endings found all around the opening of the anus (and trust me, there’s loads). By stimulating these nerve endings during sex, and particularly as you approach orgasm, you can take your sexual pleasure to the next level.
There’s more to the story though. Simply having anal beads inside your body can give you a bit of an internal massage, releasing some of the stress and tension stored up in the area. All of this tension isn’t just uncomfortable, but can actually cause you some problems in and around your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is responsible for the opening and closing of the anus and urethra at the appropriate times, so keeping it in good condition is always a good idea, and anal beads can play a bit of a role in this.
What Can You Feel When You Use Anal Beads?
Okay, so they have their place in a sex toolbox, but what exactly do they feel like? Well, the key feelings of stimulation is entirely centered around this insertion and removal action. This isn’t meant to be the same as traditional penile or dildo penetration, as that tends to be much more vigorous.
Anal bead insertion tends to much more deliberate, slowly opening and closing the anal sphincters to stimulate your nerve endings again and again. As long as you are relaxed and comfortable with the idea and feeling of something entering your anus, you can build yourself up to some quite intense feelings. These tend to grow over time, before fully pulling them out during orgasm to reach an even greater height of sexual pleasure.
Other feelings can also be amplified by the insertion of anal beads. It largely depends on the design and material of your anal beads, but you can have very different experiences from one set of anal beads to the next. Of particular note is the use of heat or cooling with anal beads. A cooled set of anal beads can produce entirely different sensations inside you compared to a room temperature set. Different shapes of balls will also apply pressure in completely different ways, leading to new and interesting sensation.
Vibrating anal beads are also available, bringing all the usual shaky goodness to your insides. Rather than just leaving them in though to vibrate away though, with vibrating anal beads you can leave them on while you pull them out and insert them back in, further stimulating those sensitive nerve endings. Just as an extra bonus, you can also use them in a woman’s vagina for some interesting feelings with a different shape to a traditional dildo or penis.
Types of Anal Beads
While the most basic of anal beads are the traditional growing line of rounded balls, there are actually a wide variety of beads available. As with any sex toy, you have your usual choice of different materials to go for, such as silicone, glass, metal, rubber, and many others. Just like other sex toys, we’d always recommend a non-porous material like silicone over a porous material like jelly. Although a little more expensive, non-porous toys are much safer, easier to clean, and more long lasting than their porous counterparts.
You also have a number of options with the shapes and sizes of the balls, as well as the number of balls on the beads. Different styles will illicit different feelings from your sensitive anal nerve endings so even if you’re happy with one set of beads, sometimes it might be worth trying something new. For anal bead novices, it’s usually good to look for something on the smaller and simpler end of the spectrum to get used to the feelings before moving up to more elaborate designs.
When you get truly experienced, there’s literally tons of options. These include: textured, tapered, smooth, vibrating, dual penetrating, bendy, rigid, handheld, anal bead/butt plug hybrids, and even strap on bead sets. The limit is just what you’re in the mood to try!
How Long Can You Wear Anal Beads?
Like butt plugs, there isn’t really any hard and fast rule on how long you can wear a set of anal beads for. The main limiting factor will be lube drying out, so be sure you’re using some high quality lube, and if you decide to head out and about while wearing them keep a bottle handy for reapplications. Oil or silicone lubes will generally last longer than water based lubes, and you should reapply whenever things start to dry out down there or begin to feel uncomfortable.
One definite rule is that it’s not recommended that you sleep while wearing anal beads, or any other kind of anal toy. While you are unconscious there’s greater risk of your anus swallowing the whole thing without you even noticing, which would definitely mean a trip to the emergency room. Other than that, you’re free to experiment as you wish, but personally I’d go for at least a short break after two to three hours.
Anal Bead Safety
While there was a bit of a mention of your anus eating up an entire set of anal beads there, it isn’t really as much of a problem as you might think if you use your beads safely. The main consideration on this front is the base of the beads. If you’re planning to let go of them completely and let them sit there for a long period of time, then you’ll want a flared base to stop them getting gobbled up. Otherwise you’ll be fine with a set that has a pull ring on the bottom to get them back out, just don’t let the pull ring get inside you.
Never insert loose anal beads into your body, as they’re sure to travel up and into your colon and probably need surgery to remove.
Other dangers you should look out for when using your anal beads are general signs of wear and tear. If the surface of the beads is beginning to degrade then there’s always a risk of parts of it being left behind in your body. Likewise any sharp edges that might have appeared from things like improper storage carries a risk of internal cuts and bleeding. Be sure to give your beads a good looking over before you begin to use them, and check every time.
Sharing of anal toys is another topic that comes up often. In terms of safety, the anus carries a lot more bacteria and germs than other parts of the body. Using a set of beads in one butt, then moving straight to another carries a huge risk of moving some of these bacteria into the second person which could cause some serious problems.
If you absolutely must share with a partner, treat it just like you would regular penetrative sex. If you think there’s any risk of infection, cover the beads in a condom and change the condom between users. If you have beads made of a non-porous material then it is relatively safe to share a set with someone else, as long as you are properly cleaning between users. Despite this we’d always recommend having separate anal toys for each person.
A final note on safety is the use of numbing creams. While these might seem like a good idea to get over any initial roadblocks with anal play, it’s usually a recipe for disaster. Any pain you feel while inserting or wearing something anally is usually a sign that something isn’t going how it should be and you should stop. By numbing the area you’re likely to miss these signs, and much more likely to cause real damage like tearing or bleeds.
Cleaning Anal Beads
The cleaning of anal beads is identical to many other sex toys, but we still think it’s worth a mention here as improper cleaning is the cause of all kinds of problems people experience with sex toys. Firstly you’ll need to know whether your beads are made of a non-porous material (usually silicone, glass, or metal) or a porous material (usually pretty much anything else). This is important, as porous materials are able to harbor bacteria inside the surface of the beads, so you can never truly get them clean.
With non-porous toys, you have the relatively simple task of either boiling them (if they can withstand the heat), or wiping them with warm soapy water. They should then be patted dry with paper towels and then left out until totally dry.
Porous toys however are much trickier. Most of them will simply melt if you boil them, so lukewarm water is usually best. You need to give them a good proper scrub to get as much of the bacteria out of the pores as possible, then dry and store them in a place where they aren’t going to be able to gather more bacteria before uses.
Strings also need some consideration with cleaning. If your beads are joined by silicone or some kind of frame, then the regular cleaning advice should suffice. If you have beads joined by string though, you’re a little bit out of luck. Almost any kind of string you have will be extremely porous, so the chances of getting it clean and clear of bacteria is slim to none. If at all possible, replacing the string between uses is the best option.
Due to these difficulties in keeping bacteria out of your toys, we’d always recommend that you pick up a good quality, non-porous set of anal beads, with string nowhere near them!
As you can see, there’s more to these little balls than you might have first thought. But try not to be discouraged! There was a lot of information there, but it’s worth pushing through and giving anal beads a try, as they can be really fantastic when you get the hang of them.
What do Anal Beads Feel Like?
Anal beads can open all kinds of new sexual pleasure for you. But if you aren’t yet convinced, maybe knowing a little more about the feelings you encounter might convince you to pick up and try a set.
Insertion is the first part of using anal beads where you’ll begin to feel something new. Much of the pleasure will come from this part of the process as your anal sphincters will open and close as the balls enter creating a kind of popping sensation. This sensation will usually feel a lot better than using a penis or finger as they only open the sphincter and then keep it open.
Once they are in, anal beads don’t provide a constant stream of pleasure, but instead can be combined with other sexual activities to amplify them. You’ll be able to feel the beads inside you, but shouldn’t be actively noticing them. Having them in can make a woman’s vagina feel a bit tighter during sex, much like a butt plug, so you might enjoy wearing them during regular sex.
Removal is the second major part of the anal bead experience. Similarly to insertion, taking the beads out one at a time can give you a kind of popping sensation as your sphincter opens and closes again. A lot of people like to try and time their removal so that just as they are pulling the beads out they reach climax. This can give you some truly explosive feelings which are different from anything else you might experience sexually.
Some lucky people are able to reach orgasm entirely from anal stimulation. To accomplish this with anal beads, you’ll need to continue to both insert and remove the beads, moving up and down the chain to bring yourself closer and closer to the orgasm. Those who have experienced anal orgasms say they are completely different to regular orgasms and feel amazing.
While it might seam a little odd, varying the temperature of your anal beads can have some interesting effects. Some people like to cool them down, while others like to heat them up. It’s entirely down to personal preference, so feel free to experiment! Just be careful you aren’t going too far in either direction or you might find it a little painful.
As long as you are careful, take your time, and use plenty of lubricant, there aren’t really any bad feelings that anal beads can cause. They might feel a little uncomfortable when you first begin to use them, but this will pass naturally over time as you get used to them. The only other negative feelings you might feel would be down to your own thoughts about the process.
Men potentially have it worse in this case, as there is still some level of taboo surrounding anal play for men. Rest assured, making use of anal beads doesn’t make you gay. Your sexuality is down to your own personal preferences and all humans have the same anatomical parts to their butts, so everyone can enjoy it without worrying about anything.
Mess is the other thing that people sometimes worry about with anal play. As long as you’ve recently emptied your bowels, there’s very little chance that anything bad will happen. Most people go for a bowel movement around an hour before they start anal activity to make sure everything is nice and empty.
Materials can make a small amount of difference to the feelings you might experience. If you’re using a set of fully spherical balls, you’ll want to make sure that they remain fully rounded, and that any rough seams from the manufacturing process are properly sanded down so they don’t catch on your internal muscles. Some beads though, are not fully spherical, and can have patterns or ridges on the surfaces to give you different sensations. You might also come across hollow anal beads, which will have a smaller ball inside that can rattle and move around inside stimulating vibrations. Or you can go the whole way with vibrating anal beads and see what it feels like to bull a moving object out of your anus.
While that was just a short overview of what you might feel while using anal beads, the best way is to try it yourself! Almost all parts of anal play are highly personal, and what one person likes might be completely different to another. So grab a set of anal beads today, and get experimenting!