Many people take pleasure in having anal sex. Homosexuals, heterosexuals and bisexuals. To have anal sex is obviously a very personal matter, and there are many things to consider before you take the plunge. If you’ve been wondering about ‘doing it’, here we discuss some of the potential risks of anal sex so you can make wise choices.
Anal sex is the practice of inserting the penis, fingers, or a foreign object such as a vibrator into the anus for sexual pleasure. With the appropriate precautions, anal sex can be safe.
- The number one rule of anal sex: Lube up! The anus doesn’t produce its own lubrication, like the vagina. It’s very important to use a quality water-based lube to make sex toys and the penis move around freely and prevent damage to the rectum, as the rectum has a very thin lining. Lack of lubrication and thinner tissues increase the risk of friction-related tears in the anus and rectum. Remember that oil-based lubricants can damage or tear latex condoms.
- Use a condom to prevent STIs and HIV infection. Unprotected anal sex carries a higher risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections than many other sexual activities. Using a condom correctly will help protect you and your partner.
- Risk of bacterial infection. Be careful not to use the same finger to stimulate a woman’s anus as you use to touch her vagina. This is because you could transfer small amounts of faeces to the vagina which can cause urinary tract infections. The same goes for using a finger to stimulate the anus and then putting it in the mouth, as this can pass on STIs.
If you have anal sex and then move onto vaginal sex or oral sex, you should use a fresh condom to prevent cross-infection. The same applies if you are using sex toys.
- Is anal sex painful? Anal sex doesn’t have to be painful. It’s a pleasurable part of many people’s sex lives. Penetrative anal sex can be uncomfortable or painful if rushed, especially if it’s your first time. Go slowly, and remember to use lots of lubricant to reduce friction. Start with small objects like a finger or a small sex toy to get used to the sensation. Continue to communicate with your partner, and stop immediately if you feel any strong pain.
Taking precautions will help you experience safe and enjoyable anal sex. Being safe will help you and your partner both feel more relaxed and it will help make the sex more enjoyable. Reach out if you have any burning questions about safe anal sex!