These Lubes Will Make Anal Sex SO Much Better

Lube: It's the sex helper that should be a staple, right next to condoms. And while lube is nice for vaginal sex, it's an absolute essential for anything anal. Unlike the vagina, the anus is not self-lubricating and can't get wet unless you help it out. Aside from skipping the necessary prep work, forgetting to use lube is one of the main reasons why anal can be unpleasant for some people.

Thicker lubes are best for anal sex, as anal walls are thinner than vaginal walls, and thus require a lube that can keep them nice and slippery to reduce the chances of cuts and tears inside the rectum. Abrasions increase your risk for contracting an STI, and nobody wants that. Overall, anal sex is considered particularly risky in terms of STI transmission, compared to vaginal or oral sex, so condom use is key (unless you're in a monogamous relationship, and you and your partner have both been tested). And because of that, it's important to make sure to use a lubricant that's latex-friendly. Coconut oil and basically anything in your kitchen, for example, can't be used with condoms.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that the anus absorbs water quickly and can dry out easily when you're using a water-based lube, according to sex therapist Kyla Black. Therefore, silicone-based lubes are usually the safest bet. That said, if you're having anal sex with a silicone toy (like a strap-on or a dildo), or engaging in anal play with a silicone butt plug or beads, go with a water-based lube and just make sure to use a lot. (TL;DR, Silicone breaks down silicone, and you don't want your toys breaking down inside your butt.)

Whether you're having anal sex with a penis or a toy, we want to make sure you're having a safe and enjoyable time. Read on for our 15 favorite lubes for your bum.

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Sliquid Sassy Water-Based Anal Lubricant


This silicone-based lube doesn't contain glycerin, which can be a skin irritant for some people. It's also cruelty-free, which means it's not tested on animals (unfortunately, most drugstore brand lubes are). So when using this with a partner (or while wearing an animal tail butt plug), you can enjoy anal sex knowing that no cute creatures were harmed in the making of this product.
Sliquid Sassy Water-Based Anal Lubricant 125ml 4.2 fl oz$12.99 Buy

Pjur Back Door Relaxing Anal Glide


This silicone-based lube is the gold standard for anal sex — and for good reason. It's latex-friendly, and it lasts forever. If you lube up with this, you can get it on in the back door for hours. Since it's so thick, you only need a few drops, and therefore it's also a wallet-friendly choice. (Although, if you do plan on going at it for hours, please reapply the moment anything feels uncomfortable).
Pjur Back Door Relaxing Anal Glide Silicone Based- 3.4 oz$39.00 $27.69 Buy
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Swiss Navy Premium Anal Lubricant


This tried-and-true lube offers long-lasting comfort and glide, thanks to high-quality silicone that makes it ideal for some splish-splash fun in the water.
Swiss Navy Premium Anal Lubricant$29.99 $21.29 Buy

Lovehoney Discover Water-Based Anal Lubricant


Get the most bang for your buck with Lovehoney's in-house brand of anal lube, which boasts an impressive five-star rating among back-door enthusiasts.
Lovehoney Discover Water-Based Anal Lubricant 8.5 fl oz$18.99 Buy

Astroglide Strawberry Liquid, Water Based Personal Lubricant


If you're planning on rimming (performing oral sex on your partner's anus) before penetrative sex, then a flavored lube like Astroglide's Sensual Strawberry can help make the experience even more sweet.
Astroglide Strawberry Liquid, Water Based Personal Lubricant, 2.5$7.99 Buy

Wet Uranus Water Based Personal Lubricant


Easily the most cleverly-named tube of lube we've seen, this water-based formula delivers non-sticky finish and glide — and with an excellent planetary pun, to boot.
Wet Uranus Water Based Personal Lubricant$14.00 Buy

Fifty Shades of Grey At Ease Anal Lubricant


Planning a mischievous night with your own Christian Grey? Try out this water-based lube that's "formulated for long-lasting slipperiness with moisturizing qualities." Use it on its own, or try it out with one of the new Fifty Shades Freed toys.
Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of Grey At Ease Anal Lubricant 3.4 fl. oz$9.99 Buy
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Doc Johnson Golden Girl Anal Jelly


If you're looking for something that's long-lasting and extra hydrating, try an oil-based lube. This jelly formula is especially thick and will last through all your anal play. Important note: Oil lubricants break down latex, so don't use this one with condoms. But it'll work great with any toys, silicone or otherwise.
Doc Johnson Golden Girl Anal Jelly Lubricant$12.99 $7.95 Buy

Lelo Personal Moisturizer


If you're enjoying solo or partnered anal play with a toy (like Lelo's prostate massager), trust this water-based lube from the company that creates impeccable (albeit higher-end) sex toys. Lelo's anal products — including this lubricant — make it easy to safely explore anal pleasure.
LELO Personal Moisturizer$14.90 Buy

System Jo H2O Water-Based Anal Lubricant


This thick, water-based jelly lube has additional warming properties for added sensation.
System Jo H2O Water-Based Warming Anal Lubricant 8.0 fl oz$14.99 Buy

SuperSlyde Premium Silicone Lubricant


This lube boasts a seal of approval from the Eros Adult Industry Awards in its home country of Australia (don't worry, it's also been FDA approved). It's sustainable for water play, hypoallergenic, and its high quality grade of silicone makes it last forever. It's also free of a glycerin, a sugar compound that could trigger yeast infections in those already prone to them, meaning you can use SuperSlyde anally and vaginally.
Superslyde Premium Silicone Lubricant$26.90 Buy

Sustain Unscented Personal Lubricant


For anal sex lovers concerned about animals and the environment, Sustain is the cruelty-free butt lube for you. It's water-based, which means it's latex-friendly. But if you're having anal sex with multiple partners and using condoms, you might want to consider a silicone option, since silicone-based lubes tend to last longer (which means they're less likely to dry up and cause condoms to break). However, if you're having anal sex with a monogamous, fluid-bonded partner, or with a silicone strap-on, Sustain works wonders.
SUSTAIN Unscented Personal Lubricant$12.95 Buy
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Pjur analyse me! Silicone


The jojoba oil in this silicone-based lube provides extra glide and a relaxing sensation. The oil also leaves you feeling slightly more moisturized than before, which could be a comfort for those who feel a little irritation after anal penetration.
Pjur analyse me! SILICONE 3.4oz$29.99 Buy

Babeland BabeLube Silk


When has Babeland not delivered? Flavorless, long-lasting, and made with only three ingredients, this silicone lube is both unbeatably slippery and hypoallergenic.
Babeland BabeLube Silk$10.00 Buy

Turn On Personal Silicone Based Lubricant


Just one of many silicone-based winners in this list, this hypoallergenic lube is formulated to last extra long for anal sex — it boasts needing only a single application before use (though we recommend that you use as much as you need). It's also waterproof, making it the perfect tool to try shower or bath anal with.
Turn On Personal Silicone Based Lubricant$10.99 Buy
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