For those of you that have organically found yourself googling "anal beads" in the depths of incognito mode possibly hoping to find butt jewelry, I'm sorry. Contrary to the name, anal beads are not free-floating pendants for your rectum, although that is certainly a Shark Tank episode I would watch all the way through. Rather, the sex toy gets its name from the bulbs attached to a cord, resembling beads on a string.
When it comes to the wild world of anal play, anal beads are a great place to start. Many options are specifically designed for beginners, and they have the benefit of being relatively simple, but they deliver powerful results. Chelsea McCain of Adult Empire explained that, while anal beads act as a massage when they're in the body, their biggest benefit is the feeling of removal during or just before orgasm.
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Slim and subtle, anal beads give you a gentle entry to the thrilling and erotic sensations that comes with anal stimulation. These beginner-friendly anal sex toys tend to have a graduated bead design so that you can feel a difference in sensations when stretching yourself as you slip a bead in one at a time, which allows you to customize your experience and go at your own pace before trying larger toys. Some anal beads come in a rigid stick-like form, but others have a more flexible body that gives you more flexibility when it comes to placement. Most anal beads have a retrieval cord or ring at the end to make anal play safe and secure.
Ever since you first learned to masturbate, you knew that stimulating your genital region was the way to go. But it requires the use of a region that most don't normally associate with sexual pleasure: the anus. Before you read on, check out Part I of our backdoor pleasure series: Guide to butt plugs.
Looking for a new way to add anal play to your sex life? Anal beads could be exactly what you need. With the right set of anal beads, you can adjust to new sizes, go deeper than you have before, and add new sensations to your anal play.
The jury is definitely still out on on butt stuff for a lot of people. In fact, according to sex toy brand LELO, prostate orgasms are 33 percent bigger than penile orgasms. But for people with vaginas, the appeal of anal stimulation is less immediately obvious.
You might have dabbled in sex toys before—a cock ring here, a We-Vibe there. Maybe you even have a riding crop. If so, it may be time to think about adding anal beads to your bedroom repertoire. Anal beads are made up of shapes usually spheres, but they can also be oval- or pill-shaped that are fixed on a progressive, long string.
Sometimes the beads are different sizes, starting small and getting progressively larger as you move up the string. Sometimes they are the same size all the way through. At the handle end, there is a larger loop or something else to allow the user to pull the beads out, and to prevent the entire string from slipping up into the rectum.
This playful little guy known as Flexi Felix is bar none the most enjoyable set of anal beads I've ever laid my hands on. I can't for sure whether or not his smirk grin and cute ears didn't also help win me over, but I definitely reach for Felix an overwhelming percentage of the time. It's pretty easy to gain an affinity for anal play. I knew right from the very first time I'd welcome it each and every time I had sexual contact.