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Anal Fingering: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Inside

access_time Last updated : 21 May 2019  Anal Play Advice
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If you or your partner have already tried an external anal massage, you might just be ready for anal fingering.

Searching for something specific? Click on the questions below to scroll down to the answer:

1. What is anal fingering?

2. Why do people love anal fingering?

3. How can I convince my partner to try anal fingering?

4. What is the best lube for anal fingering?

5. What hygiene tips should I follow for first time anal fingering?

6. What are the best anal fingering techniques?

7. Are there any tips once I'm inside?

8. How do I graduate from anal fingering to anal sex?

What Is Anal Fingering?

Anal fingering is exactly what it sounds like- it involves inserting a finger or fingers into the anus for sexual pleasure. Both partners, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, can (and totally should!) enjoy anal fingering. You can finger each other during anal foreplay or as a build up to anal sex, or it can even be done as part of solo anal masturbation.

Why Do People Love Anal Fingering?

Everyone is blessed with countless erotic nerve endings at the anal opening and inside the anus. And stimulating them with your fingers can often provide incredible sensations. Penis-owners will usually find anal fingering particularly pleasurable because it can lead to the stimulation of the prostate a.k.a. P-spot, which is the equivalent to the G-spot.

How Can I Convince My Partner to Try Anal Fingering?

Consent is important and the best way to get started is by having an anal talk (oh yes, it's a thing).

Don't ever surprise them with anal fingering, even if you know they enjoy it! This could make them tighten up.

If your partner says yes, you still want to take it nice and slow. Contrary to what you may have seen in porn, you don't want to just stick your finger in. There are plenty of pleasurable and more effective ways (keep reading) to do it.

What Is the Best Lube for Anal Fingering?

Now the first thing you need to know is that unlike vaginas, the butt doesn't self-lubricate. It needs help getting wet.

Try something as simple as coconut oil. It’s versatile, easy to find, and it’s perfect for anal fingering — We personally love this coconut love oil by Woo More Play. A high-viscosity, silicone-based lube works equally as well.

Get some lubricant on your finger, all the way down to the base before you begin to penetrate.

Keep your bottle of lube nearby for when you need some more. And make sure they’re taking slow, deep breaths because that helps the muscles relax. Do it with them to encourage them. You're all set.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About the Best Lube for Anal

Are There Any Hygiene Tips for First Time Anal Fingering?

Good anal hygiene is easy and basically comes down to common sense. Wash your anal area and hands with regular soap- you can also use an anal douche if you're looking to get your insides squeaky clean. Because anal fingering is all about pleasure, make sure your fingernails are nice and short. File any sharp edges that could cause tears in the anus. If you're reluctant to cut your nails, you can use a "finger condom". Remember we recommended coconut oil earlier? Well, coconut oil is a natural oil which means that it can damage and break latex gloves. It’s best to use coconut oil when you are in a monogamous relationship and don’t have to worry about STIs.

Best Anal Fingering Techniques

What feels good to one person may feel completely different to another. So, we always recommend experimenting with your partner to find out what works best for you. Here are a few anal fingering techniques to get you started:

Anal Fingering Technique #1

Place your finger over their anus, as if you were doing the external stroking move. Slide your finger along the anus until your fingertip is over the opening. Bend your fingertip, so that it catches on the internal border of the external anal muscle, and gently press your fingertip into the anal muscle. You aren’t going inside, just yet. Anal Fingering Techniques

Anal Fingering Technique #2

Hold that pressure for about 5 seconds. Then press the fingernail side of your finger in the other direction while keeping the same orientation of your finger to their body. For example, if your fingertip was pressing in the 6 o’clock direction, use the fingernail side to press in the 12 o’clock direction.

Anal Fingering Techniques

Hold that pressure for about 5 seconds and then go back to 6 o’clock. Each time you change directions, you’re slowly encouraging the anus to relax.

As you move from one side to the other, don’t go deeper in immediately. Instead, slide in a tiny bit more every 2-3 times you change directions. By going slowly like that, you’ll make it much easier for your partner to open up.

Anal Fingering Technique #3

When your finger is inside the external anal muscle, you’ll feel it as a ring around your fingertip. Don’t go further in than the first joint of your finger just yet. Helping the internal anal sphincter muscle relax is a bit different because it’s a different kind of muscle than the external one.

Anal Fingering Techniques

The trick to helping the internal muscle open up is to give it a little tickle with your finger. The pressure and speed you want are the same as if you were tickling the tip of someone’s nose. Do that for 30-45 seconds. If the receiver’s body is ready for penetration, that’s all it will take. You’ll feel them open up and your finger will slide in. If you don’t feel that, don’t force it.

The most important part of preparation for anal play is relaxation and communication with your partner

Come back to anal massage, having your partner take deep breaths, and try again in a few minutes.

Anal Fingering Techniques Once You’re Inside

It can be tempting to speed up at this point but hold off on that. You can still do a lot with a single finger. You can keep your finger stiff and press outward from the center of the anus to gently massage in different directions.

Anal Fingering Techniques

You can vibrate your hand to create a sensation like a vibrator. 

Anal Fingering Techniques

And you can slowly slide your finger in and out.

Anal Fingering Techniques

As your partner relaxes, they might be ready for a second or even a third finger. Slowly slide the first one out, get some lubricant on both fingers, and then slide back in. 

Anal Fingering Techniques

Use the same anal fingering technique as before: curl the fingertips and slowly move back and forth to help the muscles stretch. It’ll probably be a little faster since they’re already warmed up, but it might not be.

The key to painless and pleasurable anal penetration is to use plenty of lube

If you feel your partner’s anus tighten down at any point, hold still and give them a moment to relax. If it keeps happening or if they can’t relax, that might be because you’re going too fast, you need more lubricant, or that they’ve reached their capacity. Back off and go with a little less. If you try to make their body respond differently, it’s likely to make them clamp down even more. This is all about letting the receiver’s body guide things.

How Do I Graduate from Anal Fingering to Anal Sex?

If the two of you plan to use a toy or have anal intercourse, you’ll want to use two or three fingers first. Since toys and penises don't have as much fine motor control as your hands, it’s important to make sure that they’re fully relaxed and open before you make the switch. This is an important piece to remember, so don’t skimp on the warm-up.

Communication is one of most important steps to anal penetration

The best way to be sure that they’re ready is to ask them. It can be as simple as, “Are you ready for more?” or “Tell me when you want it.” If you enjoy dirty talk, you can make that part of the game: “I can’t wait to be inside you. And before I do, I want to hear you tell me you want it. Beg me for it.” That makes sexual communication part of the fun, rather than an interruption.

It might take a little practice to find out how much warm-up someone needs. Some people get there faster, some need a little more time. Be sure to let the receiver’s body guide that- if you rush it, you’ll shut everything down. And if it turns out that they need to back off, no problem! Pull out and go back to using your fingers. You can always try again.

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