Q&A: Safe To Put Small Round Items Directly Into The Anus?

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QUESTION: Is it safe to put ben-wa balls, golf balls, or small round items directly into the anus?

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If you are interested in using objects for anal stimulation, consider using toys that are meant specifically for anal play.

Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to put small round items – such as ben wa balls or golf balls – directly into the anus. Unlike the vagina, which is only a few inches long and ends at the cervix, which has a very tiny opening, the anus leads into the rectum, where objects can get more easily lost.

Losing Objects in the Rectum

The rectum is S-shaped so it’s not just the size, but the shape of this part of the body, that makes it challenging to get objects out once they have gone inside the body. People commonly get even larger items lost inside their rectum – items such as bottles, light bulbs and even salad tongs have been lost or lodged inside people’s rectums and have required visits to the emergency room in order to have them removed by a doctor.

Removing objects from a person’s rectum requires great care as the objects can cause harm to a person’s rectum if they are left inside too long, if they have sharp edges or if they are removed in difficult ways.

Toys For Anal Play

If you are interested in using objects for anal stimulation, consider using toys that are meant specifically for anal play. There are a variety of anal toys on the market such as butt plugs and anal beads.

Because you are interested in round objects, you may find anal beads to be of particular interest. They come in a variety of sizes. Beads that come on cotton strings are best thought of as single use items as it is impossible to clean the string in between uses. Other styles of anal beads are made of silicone or other materials and are easier to keep clean.

More Information

To learn more about sex toys and safer, more comfortable anal pleasuring check out The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex or Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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  • davideastman

    I think this question was originally asked of the Pope by a Cardinal. And, yes, the advice offered by Dr. Herbenick still stands. Rosary beads, yes. Golf balls, no!

  • sex toy passion

    Buy anal beads with retrieval rings to avoid getting into trouble. You don't wan't to go to emergency room for this,