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If You Like Anal Play But Are Quarantining Alone, You’re Going To Want This Sex Toy

Gabrielle Kassel

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Right around when social distancing orders were put into place in mid-March, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a guide for having safer sex amid COVID-19. Among other tips were notes that masturbation is the safest form of sex and that the coronavirus may be spread through feces and saliva, thus making oral-anal play difficult to see out safely (because, you know, it involves partner(s), saliva, and close proximity to fecal matter). Luckily, though, there’s a pleasure product that allows you to experience the sensations of oral anal without any partner in sight. In other words, it’s the sex toy all anal enthusiasts who are quarantining alone should order ASAP. Behold: The b-Vibe Rimming Plug Petite.

There are many reasons to love this sex toy, but let’s start with the obvious: The Rimming Plug, which comes in purple, turquoise, and black, is a butt plug. Meaning, it is designed to go in the anus, and stay in the anus throughout play. “If you have a penis, a plug can directly or indirectly massage your prostate, which can lead to a full-body orgasm,” says certified sex educator Alicia Sinclair, CEO of b-Vibe. And if you have a vulva, a plug can actually stimulate the legs of your clitoris, which is shaped like a wishbone, she adds. Furthermore, wearing a butt plug while self-penetrating with a dildo or internal vibrator can also make the notoriously hard-to-pinpoint G-spot easier to target with every thrust.

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Shop now: b-Vibe Rimming Plug Petite, $145

But what sets the b-Vibe Rimming Plug Petite apart from other lauded butt plugs on the market such as Tango’s, Unbound’s Romp, and the Snug Plug, exactly? Glad you asked.

The neck of the b-Vibe Rimming Plug Petite (that’s the part of the toy that your anal sphincter rests against when the toy’s inside you) is thicker than its competitors, because embedded inside the neck is a string of rotating beads. According to Sinclair, these beads are designed to stimulate the nerve-dense anal sphincter to create a sensation that resembles a tongue. Meaning, this plug is true to its namesake: It really does simulate rimming.

So, with good old-fashioned anilingus (which requires a ready and willing mouth) unavailable to those who are quarantining alone, the b-Vibe Rimming Plug Petite is notable for offering partner-free oral-anal play (with a toy-compatible lube like the Sliquid Sassy, of course). And if you’re not quarantining alone, but also not ready to engage in anilingus with your live-in quarantine partner, this is a great option for testing the waters.

The b-Vibe Rimming Plug Petite is also an anal-safe vibrator—meaning it features a flared base—with six different vibration settings, which some reviewers have credited as giving way to their first-ever anal orgasm. (FWIW, another review said the vibration closely resembled the sensation she experiences before pooping, so be warned.)

Of course, you can opt to just use the rotating beads or just the vibrating feature so as to not risk overstimulation. “While the vibration and rotation are designed to enhance sensation, for folks who have never stimulated the nerve-dense anus before, the combo may be too stimulating,” Sinclair says.

If that’s the case for you, consider putting the toy if “off mode” during the first few uses and layer on the sensations as you grow into the toy. Ultimately, though, this product is best for folks who are familiar with anal play and interested in upgrading the experience with vibrating and rotating features. Or, to be sure, those who are looking for a way to safe way to get their oral-anal fix safely during this pandemic.

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