What Is an Anal Probe?

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What is an Anal Probe?


 If you are in the market for anal sex toys, you have a lot of options. Butt plugs, prostate massagers, dildos, anal beads, vibrators, anal probes. Wait, what was that last one? I know anal probes do not get as much attention as other adult sex toys, but they can be a fun way to spice up your sex life. Whether you are starting out with anal exploration, looking to feel a different sensation, or engaging in sci-fi roleplay, anal probes have a lot to offer, so let’s talk about it. 


Definining an Anal Probe

So, what exactly is an anal probe? Truth be told, an anal probe isn’t wildly different from many anal sex toys, like butt plugs and anal vibrators, for instance. The main difference is that they tend to be longer and thinner. The anal cavity contains thousands of nerve endings, and anal probes are designed to stimulate them and help you have powerful orgasms.  

Anal probes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and sex toy materials. Some even have fun features like vibration! Using an anal probe replicates the sensations of anal intercourse, just with something much smaller, which can be preferable for those who want to explore but not take on a full-size sex toy or penis. 


Anal Probes and Aliens

I would be remiss if I wrote about anal probes and tried to ignore the fact that a lot of folks have heard the term “anal probe” in the context of alien abduction stories. Yes, that connotation has definitely become part of pop culture parlance (Fun fact: the first episode of South Park was actually about alien abduction and was called “Cartman Gets and Anal Probe”!), and there are some folks out in the world who genuinely believe they remember being abducted by aliens. But it’s not all bad news. In fact, for folks interested in sci-fi fantasy play, the alien abduction anal probe scenario can be a fun role play. Or not. You do you. Just know that for some folks, the term anal probe brings to mind scenes of extraterrestrial beings landing on earth and, for some reason, immediately probing anuses. 


Find the Right Anal Probe for You

If you are in the market for an anal probe of your own, you want to think about a couple of things to help you zero in on a probe you’ll love. 


  • Size

 If you are selecting your first anal probe, you will probably want something thinner and straight. Over time (or if you are more experienced) you may want something thicker, longer, or with a curve.


  • Shape

When it comes to shape, go for something with a longer length to give that deep, probing sensation. For safety’s sake, choose a sex toy with a flared base that will allow you to go deep without worrying about losing your toy in your butt (That sounds like some kind of urban legend, but it is totally a possibility. Remember, “without a base, without a trace”)


  • Material

You can find anal probes made of a whole range of materials, including silicone, glass, steel, rubber, and jelly. In the name of safety (as well as durability) I recommend silicone, glass, or steel. Wondering how to clean a dildo or anal probe? These materials can easily be cleaned and sterilized and with proper care can last a lifetime. When it comes to how materials feel, glass and steel are rigid materials so if you want something soft, go with silicone. 


  • Texture

From sleek and smooth to penis-like to covered in ribs, bumps, and twists, anal probes are available in all sorts of textures. First-time explorers might want to stick with a smooth probe but know that you have a lot of options. 


  • Features

Looking to do more than just probe? Vibrating probes provide prostate stimulation, while dual-penetration probes like the PinkCherry Dual Penetrator Vibe penetrate the anus as well as the vagina. If you want a little something extra from your probe, you have options. 


How to Use an Anal Probe

Using an anal probe is pretty straightforward. Here are some simple tips to remember:


  • Wash up:  As with any anal play, there is potential for a little messiness. Shower beforehand or use an enema to lower the odds of encountering feces. You might also want to consider a warm bath to get clean and relax your anal sphincter muscles.
  • Lube up: Remember, the anus does not self-lubricate and the skin of the anus is quite delicate. It’s always important to use a good lubricant for any anal play. I recommend a thick water based lube like PinkCherry Water Based Anal Lubricant for lubrication with a little cushion or an oil based lube for something that will stay slick for a long time (remember, oil based lubes do not play well with condoms but are excellent for anal toy play). Apply lube all over your probe as well as in and around the anus. 
  • Bottoms Up!: Sorry, I just could not resist giving this section that name! When it’s time to insert your probe, move slowly and gently. You can start by running the tip of the probe around the anus before slowly sliding it in. From there, you can explore what feels good for you!

If anal probes sound like fun, Check out  PinkCherry’s enormous selection of anal toys, including probes, anal beads, butt plugs, prostate massagers, dildos, and tons of lube to keep you comfortable!



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Written By: JoEllen Notte

JoEllen Notte is a writer, speaker, sex educator, and mental health advocate whose work explores the impact of depression on sex and relationships. Since 2012 she has written about sex, mental health, and how none of us are broken on her award-winning site The Redhead Bedhead as well as for Glamour, The BBC, Bitch, PsychCentral, and more. JoEllen is the author of The Monster Under the Bed: Sex, Depression, and the Conversations We Aren’t Having.