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Feeling peachy? Ready to enter the back door of pleasure? Can’t help the fact that you love big butts and you’re not lying? There’s no shame in your game when it comes to anal sex, but do you know that safe anal lubricants can make those experiences even more stimulating (and easier to slide into)? It’s true - applying lube for anal penetration can turn a rough moment with friction into a sweet moment of harmony.

No matter the partnership or sexual orientation, anal sex can be a pleasurable thing for anyone looking to explore the field. There are benefits to an anal orgasm that can’t be missed. As long as it’s safe and protected, clean and quite painless (unless you like a little pain), there’s a lot to explore when it comes to anal intercourse.

But in order to have a fairly seamless anal sex situation at play, you must choose the best lubes for anal sex that make sliding into action more easy and less dry. Whether you’re the giver or the receiver during this cheeky little act, it’s important you remember to use lube for intercourse and foreplay to boost the performance. Let’s cover safe lubes for anal sex that are condom compatible and ready to make a splash.

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1. Breaking Down Anal Lubricants

Before we uncover your options for our best lubes for anal sex, it’s crucial you know how to apply the lubricant to the condom (or fingers) and what areas to cover before the act begins. Unlike vaginas, the rectum doesn’t produce its own natural lubrication - so choosing a lube that works for anal play is key. We also don’t recommend using spit. Afterall, this is a lube-focused piece of substance.

Areas to keep in mind when applying lube are to the outer material of the condom itself (when it’s on the erect penis), the area around the bum hole, the rim of the hole, and the internal rectal muscles. Covering these surfaces with lubricant helps lower the risk of pain. We recommend coating your finger in lube and massaging around and inside your sexual partner’s bum before penetration starts to help loosen it up. Make sure to check in on your partner(s) throughout the process to ensure they’re comfortable.

Because anal sex can be a very intimate act between people, it may be useful to look into Types Of Intimacy & How To Be More Intimate With Your Partner for emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical tips.

2. Choosing Water-Based Lubes

The majority of our water-based lubes* are condom-friendly for anal play (with the exception of Durex Play Tingling and Durex Yours + Mine® Couples Lubricants). Water-based lubes are light, silky, and don’t stain the sheets so you can continue to have fun without the mess. We suggest taking a look at Durex® Play Warming* for thrilling warming sensations, Durex Play Passion Cherry Lubricant* for cherry flavoured fruity fun (could be a great foreplay option for eating out the butt), and Durex Play More* for a classic water-soluble formula that helps make sex super smooth.

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3. Choosing A Silicone Lube

One of our best lubes for anal sex is our Durex Real Feel* lube that’s silicone-based for a naturally smooth experience. The main feature being that it’s longer lasting and can help you get it on longer than water-based lubes. This silicone lube doesn’t dry out quickly so you can go on and on without reapplying, making the anal experience one to cherish for a while. Perfect for those weekends when you don’t have commitments to tend to right away.

4. Choosing Massage Lubes

Massage lubes are perfect choices for sexy folks who want to start with a little rubdown and teasing foreplay, then enter the anal pleasure stage with ease. Our Durex Play Massage 2 in 1 Aloe Vera* lube is water-based, blended with soothing aloe vera and designed for smooth sex. On the other hand, our Durex Play Massage 2 in 1 Guarana* can create an arousing experience due to its exciting fragrance - however, it’s only compatible with latex and polyisoprene condoms. Then, our Durex Play Massage 2 in 1 Ylang Ylang* offers a seductive extract with a soft, smooth & silky feel. Gel it out together.

For more on mutual pleasure happening together, read How To Ask Your Partner For What You Need To Orgasm so sex can go down without anyone feeling down.

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5. Anal Sex Benefits

After taking a deep dive into many suitable lubes for anal, it’s only natural we breakdown some benefits of this type of intercourse:

  • For men receiving anal sex, it can help stimulate the prostate muscle and lead to an intense orgasm
  • For women receiving anal sex, it can help stimulate areas along the vaginal wall which can spark full-body orgasms
  • Anal sex with a condom poses no risk of pregnancy (unless semen spills from the butt into the vagina - so always use protection and ejaculate inside the condom)
  • It’s perfect for partners who want to have sex when one may be on their period
  • It builds trust, intimacy, and forms a new bond while opening the back door for more exploration

6. Cheeky Last Words

Now that you’re aware of another world out there, a world entered from behind, it’s your decision whether or not you want to participate in the potential pleasures of anal sex. You have our best lubes for anal sex at your fingertips, so go on and see if you want to make the bottom your top priority.

And if you’re in the cycle for endless fun, check out Twice Is Nice: Tips For Going Again to help you prepare for a ferris wheel of pleasure.

*Ensure this product is right for you. Always read and follow the label before use.

Do not use Durex Tingling or Durex Yours + Mine® Couples Lubricants on the outside of the condom.

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