You always hear that anal sex requires lube, lube, and more lube, and for good reason. Without lube, butt stuff can be painful and even cause some mild bleeding afterward due to any anal tears in the sensitive anal canal tissue. Not every lube is created equal. There are generally three types of lubes: water-based, silicone-based, or oil-based, and each has their benefits and drawbacks.
If you're going to have anal sex , then you need to use lube specifically designed for anal sex. That's because the anus, unlike the vagina, doesn't produce natural lubricants during intercourse. Typically for anal sex involving a penis as opposed to, say, pegging , you want to use thicker lube that doesn't require constant reapplication, explains Alicia Sinclair, founder of sex toy brand b-Vibe. Most people find that they prefer a thicker lubricant for anal play because it gives some extra cushion to protect delicate body parts.