Why Good Vibrations Doesn’t Carry Numbing Creams

As part of Anal Pleasure Month, we’ve been posting lots of info and toy reviews about anal play. And since a lot of people ask us about numbing creams for anal play, it’s worth taking a moment to explain why you won’t find them on our shelves.

Most numbing creams contain benzocaine, a local anesthetic that is also in some cough drops and topical pain relief creams. Since anal play can sometimes be uncomfortable, I can understand why folks might think that numbing the nerves in the anus is a good idea. Unfortunately, not only does that mean that people aren’t experiencing as much pleasure as they could, it can also lead to injury. Any pain or discomfort you experience during anal play is a message from your body that something needs to change- more lube, a different position, taking a moment to relax into the moment. And when a numbing cream dulls your senses, you might not realize that your body needs something.

If you want to enjoy pleasurable anal play, you need the three key ingredients: relaxation, lubrication, and communication. And that’s not just communication between you and your partner. It’s also communication with your body. When you can pay attention to how it feels and what’s happening, you can make sure that your anal adventures are safe and sexy. What could be better than that?

We want you to have amazing sex, in whatever way brings you and your partners pleasure. So we’ve decided to not carry products that make that more difficult. Instead, we give you lots of great info on how to make anal play work, some excellent dildosbutt plugs, and vibrators, and some fantastic books (see below). That’s because the more you know about anal play, the more fun you can have. Come see for yourself!

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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