When we sat down to write a guide on how to use anal beads, we knew it wouldn't be up everyone's...alley (so to speak). Different strokes for different folks, as they say. But for those more adventurous types who have always been curious about them, anal beads offer a chance to ramp up the naughty and expand their sexual repertoire.
Before we dive into too much detail on how to use anal beads, here's the gist. Anal beads are typically attached to a string, inserted into the anus one at a time and removed (often during orgasm) to enhance sexual pleasure. Keep an open mind (and bottom) and read on to discover if anal beads are for you. We'll show you how to get the most enjoyment from using them, either alone or with a partner.
Types of Anal Beads
There are many varieties of anal beads — different sizes, shapes, colours and materials. They even make vibrating anal beads! Which style you choose will depend upon personal preference, but also where you are in your anal bead experience. For example, smaller beads are a good choice for beginners for obvious reasons. As you get more comfortable with them, you can move up to a larger set.
When looking at material, silicone anal beads tend to be best for beginners because they are simple to clean and a bit softer than other less forgiving options such as glass or stainless steel.
Anal beads often come as a graduated strand, meaning the beads start out smaller at the tail end (tee-hee!) and get bigger as they go up. There is usually a ring or handle at the other end that prevents the beads from getting stuck inside you or your partner — you don't want that!
When you set out to buy anal beads, don't go bargain hunting. Even a good string of anal beads doesn't cost very much, and saving a few dollars could mean sacrificing quality. It should go without saying, but we're going to say it anyway: your butt is a sensitive place and you want to avoid inserting substandard materials in there. Maybe those bargain-basement beads were cheaper than a good set, but the manufacturer cut costs by using a cheap string that breaks mid-play. Now you've got an uncomfortable trip to the emergency room to get beads extracted from your booty. We suppose you could look on the bright side: you saved a couple of bucks and gave the ER staff a story they'll tell for years and years.
Lube, Lube, Lube! And Don't Forget More Lube
If there's only one tip you take away from this article, this is the one. When you're learning how to use anal beads, there's no such thing as too much lube. Your anus does not lubricate itself, so you want to make sure toys (and fingers) are aided by a healthy amount of lube to keep things moving smoothly.
We recommend a water-based lube because if you use silicone anal beads, silicone lubrication will deteriorate them. And any oil-based lubes will attract more bacteria, which is bad news for your b-hole.
What Exactly Do you Do With Anal Beads?
Now for the fun stuff. At the most basic level, you insert the beads into your (or your partner's) butt and then remove them. Why? Because there are lots of sensitive nerves around the sphincter muscle, and the insertion and removal of beads or other objects will stimulate these nerve endings similar to massaging a muscle. And it feels oh-so-good.
Applying some playful creativity can really ratchet up the wow factor, and you'll wonder why you waited so long to give anal beads a chance. Varying the speed and pace when you pull the beads out alters the sensation. Many people prefer to have the beads removed quickly right at the moment of orgasm for an almost overwhelmingly pleasurable sensation. Others prefer to remove the anal beads more deliberately and slowly for a drawn out experience.
Anal beads are also fun during foreplay to build arousal. Take your time pushing beads into your partner and taking them out, building the intensity slowly by adding more (or larger) beads. Talk about a way to drive your lover mad with butt-tastic passion!
Start In Single-Player Mode
A good bit of advice for beginners learning how to use anal beads is to start your journey alone. This allows you to get used to the sensation without the pressure of pleasing a partner. Also, if you're unsure if anal beads are your thing, this lets you find out without anyone watching.
Go Slow, Find Your Comfort Zone
When you begin to learn how to use anal beads, take your time. A negative first impression can ruin what would otherwise be a pleasurable experience for you and your partner. Nothing will mess things up quicker than rushing in and trying to do too much too fast. If you're new to anal beads or anal play in general, "go slow" should be your mantra.
This is a time to explore and find out what works (and what doesn't) for you and your lover. Take your time and get used to the sensations.
Keep Them Clean! Clean Everything!
The final major takeaway we hope you get from this guide is to keep your anal beads clean. In fact, anything that gets near your butthole should be super clean. If you allow bacteria to creep around your backdoor, you're just asking for trouble. So clean your toys, wash your hands and scrub that booty.
Explore Anal Beads From PinkCherry
When you're ready to give anal beads a try, check out the wide selection available from PinkCherry. We have silicone beads of varying sizes, along with plugs and vibrating anal beads. And don't forget your lube and toy cleaner to keep everything safe and free of bacteria. Bottoms up!