Anal beads seem—how should I say this?—kinda scary. They look similar to rosary beads, except they’re chunkier, and instead of praying with them, you put them in your butt. Despite their intimidating design, anal beads are a great way to get anal stimulation, and they feel a lot different than butt plugs.
Anal beads are sex toys used during sex — either partnered or solo — to enhance your orgasm. Anal beads look like a variety of bulbs attached to a cord with a grip on one end. They are intended for insertion into the anus, and the end grip should make them easy to remove. The insertion and removal of anal beads stimulates the sensitive nerves at the entrance of the anus which increases sexual pleasure.

Anal beads range from small to large depending on your experience and comfort with anal penetration. You can also get anal beads that have bulbs that are uniform in size or ones that increase in size on the cord. The beads are inserted slowly into the rectum and pulled out at varying speeds before or during orgasm. Anal beads don’t require a partner either — they can be an addition to masturbation. In fact, if you’re new to anal stimulation, using anal beads on your own can be a low-pressure way to ease yourself into it.
But what’s the difference between anal beads and butt plugs may you ask? Anal beads stimulate the nerve endings of your anus in their removal and reinsertion. Butt plugs, on the other hand, are sex toys that provide an internal fullness or pressure. Butt plugs can be used in preparation for penetrative anal sex and are meant to be inserted and stay in place. They tend to be shorter than dildos and have a larger flared end to keep them inside you.

Something you need to know about anal beads is that cleaning them after every session is a must. And here’s how. Use a mild antibacterial soap and hot water, and make sure to get every nook and cranny. You can also put your anal beads in the dishwasher. You should wash your anal beads right away so bacteria doesn’t linger. Alternatively, you can soak your anal beads in a weak bleach solution of 1-to-9 parts bleach to water, leave the beads in the solution, and then wash in hot water with gentle soap to ensure proper sanitization. It is also important to note that anal beads should not be a shared toy.

Now that you know what they are, how you can use them and how to take care of them you can go and buy some. It’s something different that your members may enjoy a lot.