When done correctly, anal sex can be awesome; yet, as with anything that’s different and sexual, it can also put your health at risk. Before trying anal sex, there are a few things you be aware of to guarantee a safe and pleasurable experience.
Here’s what gynecologists really want you to know before doing the anal deed.
Anal sex brings with it an increased risk of transmitting STDs as compared to vaginal sex. Condoms will decrease your risk of most STDs, but HPV and herpes can still be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.
Lube Up Before Trying Anal Sex
The tissue of the anus and rectum is more delicate than that of the vagina and is more prone to breaking. These small skin breaks can elevate a person’s risk for contracting infections and developing anal cuts. Since your anus doesn’t naturally lubricate well, adequate external lubrication with a water-based or silicone-based lubricant is a must to prevent these tears. Read: How to Choose a Lubricant for Both Pleasure and Safety.
Don’t Have Vaginal Sex Following Anal Sex
If you follow anal penetration with vaginal, the chances of developing bacterial infections of the vagina are significant. Going from vaginal to anal intercourse should not pose a problem, but when going from anal to vaginal, change that condom or clean the toy with the proper solution and/or use a condom.
Be Careful With Sex Toys
Make sure any sex toys you use have a handle, for easy removal. The anus is not a finite or limited space like the vagina. In the vagina, items can only go so far because at the top of the vagina there’s the cervix and uterus. Since the anus connects to the rectum, which connects to the colon, items can easily reach a point of no return and require medical or surgical intervention for removal.
Get Tested For Anal STDs
Make sure that your periodic STI screening includes anal screening. Be sure to get screened for HPV, which can lead to precancerous and cancerous changes in cells, as well as gonorrhea and chlamydia anal swabs.
Be Extra Careful If You Have Hemorrhoids
If you have them, you may want to avoid anal sex or be extra careful. These bulging veins can bleed easily when traumatized. So, use lube liberally to prevent them from becoming irritated and inflamed.
Head to the Bathroom Before Trying Anal Sex
It’s pretty clear that anal sex can make you feel like you have to go to the bathroom, as it stimulates sensations of bowel movements. Some empty the rectum with a natural bowel movement, enema, or suppository laxative for a cleaner experience.
Don’t Skip Birth Control Before Trying Anal Sex
Not using a condom for anal sex is a bad idea either way, but more so if there’s no other form of contraception. If you’re not using a condom, pregnancy can occur if semen from the anus gets into the vagina.
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