As the topic of anal sex continues to become less taboo, even total strangers to the act—maybe like you—are becoming more curious. And you're right to be: Both men and women have loads of nerve endings in the butt, making it a highly sensitive and therefore erogenous area.

"Anyone of any gender can find this pleasurable enough for orgasm," said Kayla Lords, a sex toy educator and writer for Women's Health Interactive.

Whether you're a complete novice or you've already begun testing the waters, get ready to take a spin through how safe anal play works and several different types of anal toys.

4 tips for safe anal play

"Anal play requires serious relaxation, preparation and practice, especially for beginners," explained Aliyah Moore, Ph.D., a certified sex therapist at SexualAlpha.

The butt is most often employed as an exit from the body rather than an entry, so there are a few pointers you need to follow to ensure there's as little discomfort as possible.