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Once you've given anal sex a go, it's safe to say you've experienced a whole new world. But if you haven't and aren't sure where to start, toys can help.
Anal sex toys are a great way to prepare or "train" the anus for penetration since the tissue there is prone to damage. "You want to start with smaller-size products and slowly work your way to larger ones, because if you rush to something too big too fast, you can cause scratching, tearing, or even scarring of the anal canal," explains Alicia Sinclair, founder and CEO of COTR Inc., the company behind go-to sex-toy brands b-Vibe and Le Wand.
You should also look for anal products that read "body-safe, hypoallergenic, latex-free, and phthalate-free," as these steer clear of potentially irritating or harmful materials. Silicone, glass, and stainless steel are typically best. Oh, and one more crucial pointer: "Do not buy any product for your butt unless it has a flared base," says Sinclair. "Products without a flared base can get lost inside the body." Uh...no, thanks.
To make the shopping experience easier (and less intimidating for you—because let's be honest, perusing a sex shop's anal aisle isn't the same as sifting through jeans on the rack), look no further than this expert-approved selection of the best anal sex toys.
Just one thing, for the love of your butt...don't forget the lube.
Sabrina is an editorial assistant for Women’s Health. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, training in mixed martial arts, or reading.
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