Anal Sex is More Popular Than Ever And today, we're busting the myths!

The good news is that anal sex isn’t really a “taboo” anymore; in fact, it has enjoyed a full-blown pop culture moment, and it’s only a matter of time before anal sex is proper dinner conversation.

But the bad news is that despite the positive spotlight on anal sex, there are still many misconceptions about it. Today we’re busting those myths and exposing the truth.

Myth: No one is really having anal sex.

Truth: According to data from 2010, over 40% of women between ages 20-24 had tried anal sex, and that’s a lot of women.

Myth: You must use an enema before engaging.

Truth: It’s highly unlikely that you’ll actually have a bowel movement because of anal stimulation. You may feel like you have to go, but that doesn’t mean you will.

Myth: It’s not enjoyable if you don’t have a prostate.

Truth: Even without a prostate gland and all the nerve endings it contains, anal sex can still feel great. Studies show that over 90% of women who received some sort of anal stimulation during their sexual encounter had an orgasm.

Myth: You can just jump right in.

Truth: Your rectum isn’t as pliable as your vagina, and also unlike the vagina, it’s not self-lubricating. Start out using smaller things like fingers and thin toys and work your way up.

Myth: It will be painful.

Truth: Anal sex doesn’t have to hurt. If you and your partner start slow and use plenty of lube, pain will be the last thing on your mind.

Myth: You don’t need to use condoms.

Truth: This is a misconception because many people think that because there is no pregnancy risk that you also don’t need to use a condom. This is so wrong – most STIs are transferrable through the anus.

Myth: Your anus will get stretched out.

Truth: Just like the myth that the vagina gets irreparably stretched out from childbirth, this is also a misconception.

Myth: Anal sex is literally dirty.

Truth:  The anus and the lower part of the rectum actually have very little fecal matter in them, which means it tends to not be nearly as dirty as you think. This doesn’t mean you should transfer the elements into the vagina by having anal sex and then vaginal sex though because they are two different environments, even tiny fecal elements can cause vaginal infections. Regardless, if you are still concerned, you can always have a bowel movement prior followed by an enema, if you want to be squeaky clean.

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