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Dear Dr. Locker: What is a butt plug?

Answer from Dr. Locker

A butt plug is a type of small dildo that is designed to be inserted into the anus and rectum. For safety, butt plugs must have a smooth, seamless surface and a flared base to keep them from slipping completely into the rectum. They often have a spindlelike bulge in the middle, so that once inside the rectal cavity, the butt plug rubs directly against the nerve clusters. Also, the tip of the butt plug rubs against a man’s prostate when he moves, sending more pleasurable signals to the brain. While women do not have a prostate gland, they still can get great anal pleasure from all the nerve endings in their anus. As with all sex toys there is a large variety in the types of butt plugs available. Besides the spindlelike style, another type of butt plugs is the “doorknob,” a round sphere of latex or rubber mounted on a narrower shaft. Also, some people find pleasure from using “anal beads,” which are a series of linked spheres that can be anywhere from a quarter inch to 3 inches in diameter that can be insert into the rectum to create a feeling of fullness and a repeated pleasurable feeling of release as they are slowly pulled out, one by one. Diamond-shaped plugs are designed to be left inside the anus for short periods of time, without having to hold it in place. Of course, you should never wear one for extended periods of time.

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