Anal play can be very satisfying, and many will even stipulate that it can cause a greater orgasm than by stimulating the genital area alone. However, anal sex for beginners can seem like a rather daunting prospect, and it's natural to feel some apprehension before taking the dive. That's why anal toys can be so beneficial.
Toys that are meant for anal penetration differ from toys intended for vaginal use because of safety. While it's nearly impossible to get a toy trapped in the vaginal canal, getting an object stuck up the anus is quite easy. In fact, it's possible to push a toy too far so that it becomes lodged in the colon. To avoid this health hazard, anal toys always have a wider base that flares out, or a string so that you can easily retrieve them. Be wary, and never use anal toys that could potentially become stuck inside you.
Toys like butt plugs are excellent for getting your back door used to entry by the real thing, and the use of larger anal toys can serve a similar purpose. Anal toys are intended for both men and women to use, and there are other accompanying products that are also specifically intended for anal use, such as anal lubricants and anal douching systems. Anal douches will get you cleaned out and more comfortable with the prospect of play, and thick lubricants will decrease friction.