If you’re an experienced participant in BDSM and are looking for a new way to express your kinky side, you might want to try using an anal hook!
Anal hooks are advanced toys for BDSM. These hooks are designed to be inserted into the anus as part of bondage play and dominant-submissive dynamics.
If you’re going to use an anal hook, you’ll need to be prepared. This involves knowing exactly what anal hooks are, the different types of anal hooks you can buy, and how to use these toys safely.
We’re going to be covering all of this in today’s article, so read on to become an anal hook aficionado!
What Are Anal Hooks?
So, first and foremost, what is an anal hook, exactly?
Well, as we briefly explained earlier, an anal hook is pretty much what it says on the tin: a hook for anal insertion. However, there’s a little bit more to it than that.
An anal hook will usually look something like a fish hook. However, instead of having a sharp, barbed tip, an anal hook typically has a round ball at the insertion end.
This is because, although the use of anal hooks will usually involve some element of pain play, a sharp hook could cause some serious damage in such a sensitive area and would be dangerous.
On the other end of an anal hook, you’ll see a loop. This is where the dominant partner can tie a rope or use their fingers to control the hook while it is inserted, thus wielding full control over the movement of the submissive.
Ultimately, an anal hook is a sex toy used to reinforce the dynamic between a dominant and submissive partner by restricting the sub’s ability to move while creating a combination of pleasure and pain.
Different Types Of Anal Hooks
Most anal hooks look more or less similar to one another, but there are a few key factors of anal hook construction that can vary.
It’s important to know how anal hooks can differ in terms of construction so that you can pick the anal hook that best suits your needs.
Most anal hooks are made of metal. Stainless steel is a particularly common choice of material because it responds well to temperature changes (this is great for temperature play!) and is easy to clean when you’re done. With that being said, you can find anal hooks made out of other metals and materials – they’re just less common.
Anal hooks also come in a range of sizes. The standard width or ‘girth’ for an anal hook is around an inch, although this can vary. Some anal hooks may be longer or shorter, but most will not surpass 6 inches in length.
If you prefer a fuller sensation, you can choose an anal hook with a larger ball at the end. Alternatively, if your main reason for wanting to use an anal hook is for the power dynamic, you may favor a hook with a smaller ball.
How To Use An Anal Hook (Safely)
Using an anal hook safely starts long before you actually insert the hook!
First, you need to ensure that the hook you have chosen to use is a good match for your physical and mental needs.
For example, if you’re worried that a larger ball will feel too intense, opt for the smallest ball you can find. It’s always best to start small and work your way up rather than diving in at the deep end.
We also can’t stress enough how important it is to engage in foreplay and proper lubrication before you even attempt to insert the hook. If the submissive’s muscles are too tight, especially in the anal area, insertion can be extremely painful and even damaging.
Loosening up the area with fingers, anilingus, or a less intimidating toy like a small plug, can go a long way. Make sure to apply plenty of lube, both before the foreplay, if needed, and before you insert the hook.
Oil-based and silicone-based lubricants will last longer without drying up, but remember to use water-based lube if you’re planning to have anal sex with a condom at any point during the experience since other lubricants can degrade condoms.
Make sure the lube doesn’t contain any numbing agents – you need to be able to feel and respond to pain to ensure that you don’t injure yourself.
After foreplay and lubrication, the hook can be inserted by either the submissive or dominant partner, depending on which method feels safest and most comfortable.
This is best done with the submissive lying on their front. Insert the hook smoothly and slowly.
If the dominant partner is inserting the hook, they should check in with the submissive throughout the insertion as well as during the rest of the experience.
A clear safe word or safe action should be arranged beforehand so that the submissive partner can communicate if they need to stop at any point.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Anal Hooks Safe?
Anal hooks are generally safe to use if all parties involved have some experience with BDSM and know how to engage in power and pain play safely.
With enough foreplay, the use of non-numbing lubricant, and communication (including established safewords), using an anal hook should not be dangerous.
How Do You Clean An Anal Hook?
Assuming that you’re using a stainless steel anal hook, you can buy a toy cleaning formula from sex toy retailers or simply wash the hook thoroughly with soap and water.
What Does Anal Hook Aftercare Look Like?
How you engage in aftercare after using an anal hook is entirely up to you and what you need.
A warm bath can feel amazing after intense anal hook play because it helps to relax and soothe your muscles. Adding Epsom salt to the bath can increase the benefits.
An anal hook is a sex toy designed to provide pleasurable and painful sensations as well as movement control during a BDSM encounter.
Anal hooks are more advanced BDSM toys and can contribute to a very intense sensual experience.
If you’re interested in using an anal hook yourself, we recommend starting small, doing lots of foreplay beforehand, and using plenty of lube.
Don’t forget to agree on a safeword with your partner and communicate before, during, and after the experience. When you’re done, clean your hook thoroughly using toy cleaner or soap and water, and remember to practice aftercare!