How to Use Anal Beads

Author: by Kiley Oram



Beads for your butt? It may sound kind of crazy, but these special beads are designed to take advantage of the pleasant sensations that can occur as your sphincter muscles open and close around a series of small round objects. When withdrawn at the peak of orgasm, you may experience an erotic thrill unlike any other. If you're already discovered the joys of anal play, you owe it to yourself to give this toy a try.

What Are Anal Beads?

Anal beads are basically a series of small round beads spaced evenly along a cord (or sometimes attached to a stalk). Some beads are evenly sized, while others sport spheres that gradually increase as you work your way along the string. A few of our popular styles:

  • Made of simple, jelly rubber, Babeland Anal Beads are great for first-time anal adventurers, as they're relatively inexpensive and have a nice texture. (Note that since this material can’t be 100% disinfected by boiling like silicone can, we don’t recommend sharing this toy). 
  • Sturdy silicone beads like Flexi Felix or Bendy Beads are hygienic, extremely comfortable, and easy to clean. On top of that they warm to the body quickly and can take on the vibration of a toy that’s held to its base. 
  • Beaded dildos like the Ripple operate on the same principle as the beads, but are set along a firmer stalk or dildo.

How Do They Work?

Beads are like any other kind of butt plug with an added bonus: as each bead is inserted, the sphincter muscles contract and relax around each one for extra sensation. Some folks love the feeling of having them pulled out all at once during the moment of orgasm.

How Do I Use Them?

Remember the anal mantra when it comes to butt play: “communication, lubrication, and relaxation.” If you're new to anal play, you might want to learn more in our beginner's guide to butt sex.

  1. Communication counts! Whether you’re using anal beads alone or with a partner you want to stay focused on what your body or your partner is telling you. Playing together? Check in with your partner with simple questions: Do you need more lube? Would it feel better to add more stimulation on other body parts? Are you ready for another bead?Is it time to pull them out?
  2. Get a lube job. Since the butt doesn’t self-lubricate, it’s important to apply lots of lubricant (try a nice thick water-based lube like Maximus or Sliquid), to your beads, and be prepared to add more as action progresses.
  3. Make  sure you're turned on. Read your favorite erotica or watch some adult videos. Listen to your partner talk dirty, but get yourself in the mood. Some people like to have an orgasm (get a hand with the Hitachi Magic Wand) before heading for the back door to ensure their whole body is relaxed and blood is really pumping through the genitals, which can make the anus more sensitive.       
  4. Gently caress the anus. Tap lightly or massage the anal area in preparation.
  5. Go slow. Take your time and insert the first bead. Stop for a moment and let your body adjust to the sensation. Insert the beads slooowly, allowing yourself to really savor the sensation. Stop to add extra lube when you need to. There’s no hurry to insert the entire set of beads to the hilt. The toy can feel just as nice when used partway, or just the first couple of beads.
  6. Take a breather. Even if you’re reeling from the pleasure of the beads, don’t hold your breath. It’s a common practice for folks to take shallow breaths—or forget to breathe completely—during sex, but deep breathing is essential to enjoying sex, especially of the anal persuasion. Breathing deeply draws much-needed oxygen through your body, which  helps to relax your muscles even further.
  7. Add to your pleasure. Try adding other kinds of stimulation at the same time. Small vibrators like the Laya Spot vibe make it easy to send a good buzz to clit, nipples, penis, testicles or perineum while you’re working on the butt. 
  8. Go for timing. With the beads inside you and your orgasm building, try to time their withdrawal with your climax.
  9. Gently now. Pull the beads straight out, rather than tilting them up or down. Resist the urge to yank them out as if you were starting a lawnmower, but respect your body and gently pull them out.

With a little bit of practice, anal beads can become your new favorite toy box addition!