Anal beads are believed to date back to ancient Thailand a few hundred years ago. It was here that a series of small balls were joined together and inserted into the anus to give variable sensation and pleasure.
They are similar to Ben Wa balls, which are designed to be inserted into the vagina.
Anal beads also known as "7 knots of love" were a length of silk that was knotted seven times before being inserted into the anus. It was mainly used on the male and passed out from the anus at the time of ejaculation as well as to stimulate the prostate and give more pleasure to the receiver. Since then, anal beads have taken on a similar design but are now balls or beads attached to a cord or silicone stems. Anal beads are increasingly popular among partners for enhancing anal stimulation.
What are Anal Beads?
There are many people who look for ways to spice up their sex life. One of the best ways to do this is to use anal beads. Anal beads are a series of balls which, in many cases, are held together by a cord or string.
Anal beads have a long history and date back hundreds of years to Thailand where they were first thought to have originated. Because of their pleasure factor, they were quickly adopted by Western users.
They come in a wide variety of configurations, sizes and types. In some cases, these cords have been replaced with a stronger material. If so, they will resemble an anal dildo, with balls instead of a phallic shape.
Anal beads are also a perfect sex toy that you can use alone or with a partner to add some spice. They are equally suitable for men and women.
Benefits of Anal Beads
The design of anal beads has changed a bit as there are some manufacturers who are designing anal beads in rigid form. These are similar to anal bead dildos and are intended for thrusting in and out of the anus. While similar, these differ in function from traditional anal beads which are attached by cords or a thin molded bandage.
When they are inserted into the anus, they can stimulate the prostate when worn by men. This (in itself) has a lot of health benefits, but it can also lead to very different types of climax.
At the point of orgasm, the beads are slipped one by one. This can prolong orgasm because the anus is stimulated to increase orgasm. These additional sensations enhance the wearer's orgasm.
There is another benefit; These are inserted inside the female, and then regular intercourse takes place. Depending on the size of the beads, there will be more internal stimulation as her partner's penis simultaneously pushes against the inner walls of the vagina.
Some types of anal beads can be used as a warm-up for sex. These can be inserted into the anus and kept in place for up to 3 hours. This can provide a lot of excitement to the wearer as they wear them for this extended period of time. Always check the directions given by the manufacturer for the time frame. Sometimes the anal beads are diluted; These can act like Butt Plugs and prepare the anus for further anal play, or make users feel that it is unique and provide more satisfaction and enjoyment.
Different Types Of Anal Beads
The anal bead are very similar in design but with some very distinct differences. These can be in the way they are designed and fused together, or the material from which they are made.
- Smooth Beads:
- These are the perfect opening type and are often on an attached bar rather than on a cord. These resemble smooth ribs rather than balls or beads. In some cases, these ribs can increase in size the further you move the bandage to the handle or loop.
- Large beads:
- This type is for more experienced users and they usually denote beads that are all the same size, but more substantial, so they provide more intense stimulation. They can be made of different materials to provide intense internal stimulation as they are drawn from the anus to the critical area.
- Corded Beads:
These are basic designs where balls or spheres are tied together by a cord. These are the types that can be inserted in the same way as ben wa balls (inside the vagina). These provide stimulation as they move with movements from the body. These are designed with more advanced users in mind.
- Hardened Beads:
These types of anal beads are often made of a softer material than steel. However, you can find them in harder materials than silicone. These resemble large ribbed dildos and are intended to increase excitement when in use.
- Vibrating beads:
These send vibrations down the connecting strip to provide intense internal stimulation, as well as stimulation around the anus as they move in and out.
Where Can You Use Your Anal Beads?
Anal beads can be used in a variety of scenarios, and either type can provide some mind-blowing sensations. It was often said that anal beads are only taken out during orgasm, and although this gives the wearer some extra excitement, this is no longer the only way to use them.
Due to the number of designs, these anal beads can now be used in many ways. The ladder variety can be used for solo enjoyment instead of using a regular anal dildo, and to take it further, there are anal beads that also come with suction cups. Like any suction cup device, these can be fitted to any smooth surface where the user can enjoy themselves while receiving wavy sensations from each ball in or out of the anus.
Anal beads can be worn for a few hours. These can provide intense excitement as the wearer goes about his business during the day or night. In fact, doing so can be an excellent warm-up for sex or great for solo stimulation where they are worn as a means of excellent foreplay.
Anal beads, if they are made of a suitable material, can be cooled or heated to play some deep-rooted temperature. It will be beads made of silicone, steel or glass. However, care must be taken where the cord is concerned, and this is because it may not be suitable for heating or cooling. Check with the seller or manufacturer to be sure.
Anal beads come in a variety of materials. Differences can provide very unique sensations and experiences. The material can also determine the design of the anal beads. Let's take a look now:
Silicone: This has become the most popular material for use in anal bead manufacturing. This has changed the way they are designed by having them on a cord to produce a thin molded strip that is flexible. Silicone is a non-porous material and hinders the growth of bacteria. It can also be sterilized in hot water. Platinum silicone (as it is often called) can be used for hot or cold play because it can withstand these extreme temperatures. It also comes without phthalates.
Steel: In most cases, it will be medical grade stainless steel that is used. This is the most body safe material you can find. It's hard and non-porous, which means you can sterilize it quickly after use. On some occasions, you may find that some manufacturers also include nickel. In some people, nickel can cause allergies, so keep that in mind.
Glass: This comes in two varieties. The lime used in construction in the United States is soda glass, or you have the borosilicate glass used in Europe. It is the preferred type of glass because it is more durable and is often used in high quality cookware. Glass is non-porous and body safe. You can sterilize it thoroughly in boiling water.
Hard plastic: ABS plastic is the most common type, and although it cannot be sterilized, it is a body safe material and is also non-porous. Often used in vibrating rectal beads, it is made from the terpolymer acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). This material can be cleaned with warm soapy water. Plastic has no taste and is odorless.
Latex rubber: There are some anal beads that are made from this. However, they are not recommended. Latex can cause allergic reactions in people, and these toys come with a pungent odor. The material is phthalates free and is safe for people who are not allergic to latex. However, it cannot be sterilized and is porous.
How to Choose the Right Anal Bead for You
There can be a few factors when it comes to choosing the right anal beads. Like any other sex toy there are common factors, and there are also some unique things you need to think about...
Trusted Brand: This can be important for some things. You'll need ingredients that are safe to use on the body, and what the supplier says is contained in the rectal bead manufacturing should be exactly what's included. There are suppliers that use phthalates to make toys feel soft. These are toxic and can cause reactions in many people. A good supplier will also ensure that their anal beads can withstand tugging when removed from the anus. It's not much more fun to break one of the beads than the cord or stem.
Choice of Materials: With so many materials to choose from, you need to choose the one that you like the most. Beginners often choose silicone because it is smoother and easier to pour. More experienced users may opt for the hard feel of glass or steel to achieve more intense stimulation. It is also important to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients, and if you are unsure, choosing ingredients that are safe for the body is definitely essential.
Size: There are various sizes, and a lot of anal pearls come in tapered sizes. This can make it more comfortable for new users as they increase in size. But, you rarely find this phenomenon on anal beads attached to a placenta.
Texture: Anal pearls offer their own unique texture, and that's their thing. However, hard varieties usually have smooth ribs. This is mostly in glass or steel as they usually give flowing lines when formed.
Once you've run through these common factors, you'll need to decide what type of experience you want. A corded variety will offer a different feel than molded or vibrating enamel beads. Do you want to wear them before intercourse or do you only want to use them to enhance the climax?
There is also the bead size that you have to consider. Beads of the same size give similar wavy sensations when each one is pulled from the anus. However, the ladder variety may not produce as much excitement when they reach the short, tapered end.
Cleaning & Storage Tips
The porous material can absorb moisture, and with rectal beads inserted for an extended period of time, it can allow moisture to seep into the material that has been used to make them. This is why it is essential that the best material is selected.
Glass and stainless steel are non-porous, so they won't have this problem. However, again; The cord used may be (and most likely will be) porous. Depending on the manufacturer's recommendations, these will probably require careful cleaning with warm soapy water, and if the cord is suitable, they can be boiled for a few minutes to sterilize.
Once they are clean, you need to make sure the cord is completely dry before storing. This will also include the part of the cord that sits inside the bead, as it will dry slower than the unstuck parts. When it dries, your anal beads should be placed in a protective pouch to prevent dust and lint from getting on the toy.
Silicone rectal beads may be treated in the same way, but you need to know that the surface isn't actually completely non-porous, despite some commercials that state otherwise. It has waterproof properties and can definitely inhibit the growth of bacteria to some extent. Other incorporations are; Silicone enamel beads can get sticky when dry, so to prevent this, sprinkle with vendor-bought cornstarch or dusting powder to return a smooth surface. Keep them away from other toys so they don't stick.
The harder varieties of anal beads will still have to be washed in the same way, without boiling, unless they are made of a material that allows for this cleaning. Care should be taken around all bumps and nodules under the shaft when washing.
When storing, keep all anal beads in a cool, dark, and dry place, regardless of the material they are made from.
Some Safety Considerations
Anal beads are a unique sex toy, so you need to be very special in order to use them safely.
The most important thing is that there must be some way to remove them. The loose rectal beads should come with a loop at the end of the cord. Hardened anal beads should have a handle or something that can keep them from going too far.
Second; For corded models or semi-rigid ones that are attached to thin strands of silicone: Before inserting, you should check these cords to make sure there is no breakage. When pulled from the anus, these cords will be under pressure, and what is worn may break and leave some anal beads stuck inside the anus. On top of this, the knots that form in the placenta can be very uncomfortable.
Lubrication is essential for all types of anal beads, regardless of their size. It should be placed on the beads themselves and around the anus to aid in insertion. To be safe, it is better to use a water-based lubricant rather than a silicone-based one. Because these beads will be inserted for some time, you should find a lube that does not dry out too quickly, and before removal, more lubricant should be applied in and around the anus to help with removal.
Condom use is also a recommendation, this helps keep them clean, but it also helps with any risk of getting an infection. If you use hard anal beads, the condom won't affect any of the sensations you feel.
Additional Things to Consider
Safety is the most important thing that you need to ensure while buying anal beads. Many Anal Toys have flared bases to ensure that they are not sucked into the anus. Anal beads do not come with a base and often instead come with only a loop at the end. It should be larger than the largest bead on the stem or cord. Not only does this prevent them from sucking, but it also facilitates the removal of the beads from the anus.
The next thing to consider when buying anal beads is the connector type. While this may sound nice, following the traditional corded type, it can lead to other problems. One is that if this string becomes weak, it can break under undue pressure. This will cause some of the beads to get stuck inside the anus. Thereafter, these cords hold the beads in place using knots. Depending on the material for this cord, it can be rough and cause rubbing. Nylon rope is a good example of this.
Nylon is also very difficult to keep clean. While you can choose steel anal beads because they can be sterilized, it is unfortunate that nylon cannot be boiled as it will most likely melt, deform. Another thing to note: These knots will not become smooth with lubrication, therefore, it is important to make sure you choose anal beads with small knots (that will not grab the edge of the anus).
Depending on the material you choose, this will affect the type of lubrication appropriate. Silicone lubes are not good over silicone rectal beads because they can degrade the material. This will make them vulnerable, and because these toys are used for anal play, the chances of bacteria getting in are also greatly increased.
Another consideration is how long you want to wear your anal beads. The anus doesn't generate any lubrication, so if you intend to wear them for an extended period of time, there will definitely be a need for additional lubrication. This is why stainless steel is often the only material used for extended periods of wear. It requires less lubrication and slips in and out more comfortably than some other materials.
There is one final thing to consider: removal of anal beads from the anus at the critical moment. Either with too much force, or due to a lack of lubrication, it can cause sudden anal pain. That's why it's important to find the right size rectal beads and make sure you've added much-needed lubrication over and over again.
Finally, because intense arousal occurs during climax, it can be tempting to share their use with a partner. Anal beads should never be shared between partners for safety reasons, no matter how hot the moment. Remember, STDs and STIs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections) are real. There's also the potential for bacteria to spread, and those infections can get very bad. Buy a few sets for yourself and a few for your partner, and always store them separately when not in use.