All products featured on Teen Vogue are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. When exploring anal penetration , lube is absolutely essential. But which is the best anal lube?
Intimate Earth Ease Anal Silicone Glide
Pjur Back Door Silicone Anal Lube
Lube is great for taking the friction out of all kinds of sex, but when it comes to anal sex , lube is absolutely essential. Unlike the vagina, the anus doesn't self-lubricate when you're turned on, which makes it difficult and painful to insert anything—from a pinky finger to a penis—without some extra help. But which lube works best for anal sex? There are sooo many different personal lubricant products on the market, but when it comes to anal sex, you want to use thicker lube that doesn't require constant reapplication, explains Alicia Sinclair, founder of sex toy brand b-Vibe. Most people find that they prefer a thicker lubricant for anal play because it gives some extra cushion to protect delicate body parts. Use a high-quality, water-based lubricant instead. When it comes time to whip out the lube for anal sex, use as much as the receiving partner needs to feel comfortable, says Dr. Zhana Vrangalova , Ph. Don't be afraid to reapply "as soon as it seems like it's drying out and there's more friction," Vrangalova adds. Encourage them to let you know when they feel more is necessary.
Sorry to liken anal sex to food, but if it were a sandwich, then you and your partner would be the slices of bread and lube would be the good stuff inside. Because anal sex without lube would be not only dry, but also pointless. In fact, unlike a sad sammie, lubeless anal sex can actually be dangerous. The friction can cause actual microtears to the skin and anus, leading to infection. No, thanks. So when starting with anal play, the wetter, the better. Sinclair suggests massaging the anus with lube beforehand to warm things up.
You always hear that anal sex requires lube, lube, and more lube, and for good reason. Without lube, butt stuff can be painful and even cause some mild bleeding afterward due to any anal tears in the sensitive anal canal tissue. Not every lube is created equal. There are generally three types of lubes: water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based, and each has their benefits and drawbacks. Lube that makes butt stuff less painful sounds too good to be true, because it is.