There are plenty of anal toys that treat their size as something to be conquered, rather than enjoyed – the bigger the model, the bigger the orgasm? – but the Aneros Peridise‘s position on the matter is that skinnier anal toys can actually provide more pleasure. Its secret lies in the peristaltic reflex: similar to kegel muscle exercises, the peristalitc reflex can either generate its own orgasm, or bump up a more traditional orgasm to a new level of intensity. Not designed to stimulate the prostate, these toys can be used by either men or women to harness peristalsis for anal pleasure.
The white plastic toys look more like Ikea accessories, albeit ones they don’t display in the showroom. They’re bulbous and slender, like post-modern lightbulbs, and they don’t look intimidating.The toys are available in three sets: Beginner (one each 22mm and 20mm), Advanced (one each 18mm and 16mm), or Complete (all four sizes). All the toys are 4″ long and have a curved handle at the base. The base is odd: it’s flat and flared, and almost sharp. Use caution when positioning the toy inside. Somewhat counter-intuitively, the Beginner set includes the larger toys, but the Peridise’s endgame isn’t a feeling of fullness. Instead, the larger size offers more control for folks who are beginning to learn how to control their muscles: as their website points out, it’s easier to grip a baseball bat than a pencil. As users become more adept at controlling the Peridise, the more slender toys offer a tight squeeze designed to maximize pleasure and response.
The presentation is nothing to write home about: a clear sleeve holds the toys in place and black-and-red graphics dance behind it. (The package has the looks of a 1980s professional wrestler.) The Aneros brand has become synonymous with well-designed prostate toys, and their foray into non-gendered toys is a welcome addition. If you’re sharing with your partner, remember to pop a condom on the toy, since hard plastic can’t be sterilized.
The Peridise is comfortable. I put in the 18mm and then danced around the room. You can gently tease it in and out of your partner during foreplay — remember to use lots and lots of lube here, folks — and the bulges in the toy create their own feelings of erotic pleasure. For women, using a dildo or vibrator will increase the clenching feeling that will magnify the intensity of an orgasm, as will penetrative sex. Men should remember that the point of the Peridise isn’t a prostate massage, but stimulating the muscles to work the whole area. Over time, the strength of these muscles will lead to better, deeper orgasms, but users should remember that their transformation won’t happen overnight.
Anal fun can be a tricky and intimidating thing to master, but the Peridise is a great and accessible teacher. This toy reminds users that their bodies are ultimately the source of sexual pleasure, and that toys are just there to help out.