What looks like a very large statement necklace your ~eccentric~ middle school art teacher would wear but actually belong in your butt? You guessed it: anal beads!

Anal beads are exactly what you think they are: "A number of beads, or balls, attached to a string that goes in your anus," explains certified sex coach Gigi Engle, author of All The F*cking Mistakes: a guide to sex, love, and life.

What are anal beads?

The point of anal beads is simple: pleasure. "The nerves at the entrance of the anus are incredibly sensitive and when stimulated, you can experience pleasure," says Evan Goldstein M.D., CEO and founder of Bespoke Surgical which specializes in helping folks of all genders and sexualities engage in anal. If you have a vulva, "you can actually stimulate the vaginal canal through the backspace [that means butthole, FYI] and create a sensation of fullness," says Goldstein. And if you have a penis, anal beads can be rubbed on the prostate, which is colloquially called 'the male G-spot'. "The best part of anal beads is that they can enhance pleasure in almost any sex act for every body and partner combination," he says.

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