Whether you’re a novice eager to delve into new realms of pleasure or a seasoned veteran — lubricant is an essential ingredient as far as anal stimulation is concerned. Play solo or with a partner; use your fingers, a toy or let him penetrate you with his penis; make it part of your foreplay or let it be the climactic finale. Whichever way you choose to do it — always keep the right lube handy. We hate to sound like a broken record but we must keep reminding you of one thing: the anus, unlike the vagina, does not lubricate naturally! So, what does this imply? Well, it means that embarking on an anal adventure without it will prove painful and uncomfortable — rather than pleasant and enjoyable.
While anal stimulation was surrounded by stigma and prejudice in the past, these ridiculous taboos are being dispelled as people gain access to more information. Nonetheless, a few basic steps should be taken in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises. If you’re going to do it , do it well! And, we’ll explain how.
What is anal lubricant?
Lubricants are products that take the form of lotions or creams. They vary in terms of their consistency, provide added moisture, and facilitate gliding. But watch out because unfortunately, there are still many myths and lies that circulate — not only by word of mouth but also on the Internet. Saliva, for example, is not a lubricant — it dries out the skin and leads to fissures in the mucous membranes (and trust us, that's not what you're after). They may have used it in Brokeback Mountain, but those two loved-up cowboys were in the middle of the woods and had no other options except saliva (or horse fat!). Anyway, you don't have to do everything you see in the movies — it may look erotic but it's also really quite painful.
Remember that both the anus and genitals have mucous membranes and have a different natural pH to the rest of the body. Any product that you're going to apply to these areas must have certain guarantees and have passed strict quality controls. Refrain from using oils, fats and butters (it may sound incredible, but there are still some people who believe that these are acceptable lubricants). They can cause irritation, discomfort and may lead to infections. The market provides a wide variety of lubricants that have been specifically formulated for anal stimulation.
Of course, it's also possible to contract sexually transmitted infections and diseases through anal intercourse — so it's essential that you choose a lubricant that will not damage latex condoms. This rules out the use of any oils or oil-based lubes. Go for water-based lubes (perfect for use with toys), silicone lubricants (all Pjur lubricants are compatible with latex condoms), or mixed water and silicone-based lubricants. Anal lube doesn't only lubricate, it also relaxes the area and facilitates stretching. This is indispensable because the anal musculature is very tight (for obvious reasons!). It doesn't allow for the insertion of any object or body part without a little help. Find out which anal lubricant you should use in this article.
What are anal lubes used for?
The information above answers this question but we’re more than happy to repeat ourselves: to avoid pain and to prevent what should be an exciting and pleasurable experience from turning into medieval torture — that’s what anal lube is used for. It reduces friction, moistens the area and helps the anal muscles to relax and stretch. Anal lubes are not simply necessary — they're essential for comfortable stimulation. What's more, even if the pain goes away, it's worth pointing out that unlubricated anal penetration might not only be painful — but it could lead to injury or trauma to the anus and rectum. This is a risk that disappears with the right lubricant and a little patience. Which brings us to the next tip...
How do you apply lubricant to the anus?
Slowly and gently — that's how lube should be applied to the anus. You can first warm it up a little by rubbing it in your hands; using your index and middle fingers, apply it to the anal area with a gentle, circular massage. Again, don't hurry and don't rush straight to penetration. Keep massaging the area outside the anus slowly — this will really help stretching.
You may have to repeat this step; not everyone will need the same amount of lubricant — that all depends on you as an individual and the type of lubricant you use. Just re-apply if the lotion is absorbed by the skin too quickly. If you’re using a toy, make sure you lubricate that as well. A water-based lube is highly recommended for this purpose to prevent it from getting damaged. Also, it goes without saying that during penetrative anal intercourse, the penis should also be lubed-up.
One last tip to ensure that everything goes smoothly: don't transfer toys, fingers or the penis directly from the anus to the vagina — as this can be a source of infection. Neither should you use the same condom to penetrate the anus and then the vagina. With these tips in mind — huge waves of pleasure are coming your way. Enjoy the ride!