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Anal play can be penetrative or non-penetrative sex with a mouth, tongue, dildo, penis, or finger(s). Although butt play is considered taboo by many people, any kind of consensual stimulation is good stimulation.
Because the anus is not self-lubricating, lube is a central part of anal play, and there’s no such thing as too much lube. You may want to explore what it feels like to gently apply pressure or stimulation to the outside of your anus with a well-lubricated finger, sex toy, or mouth. If you like how that feels, you might next try inserting a finger or small sex toy inside your anus to help you ease your way into penetrative anal play. Arousal makes everything easier — and more fun — so using a butt plug while you masturbate is another way to enjoy anal play.
Like all kinds of sex, communication and consent are key. When you explore different ways to have anal sex with a partner, there are countless positions that might work for you, depending on your individual body. Just remember to relax and breathe so you can enjoy the sensation and stimulation that anal pleasure can provide.