What about anal sex?
Here are a few fast facts:
- The anus is a sexual organ in that many people derive pleasure from having their anus stimulated or penetrated by fingers, mouths, tongues, dicks, or toys.
- It is perfectly safe to have anal sex, though precautions like condoms on penetrating dicks can help prevent transmission of STDs and especially HIV.
- Other precautions can help you make anal sex safer and more pleasurable including cleaning your anus, and treating it with loving care.
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How best to prepare for anal sex?
Whether getting ready for rimming (oral-anal contact) or fucking (penis or sex toy in anus), it is important to clean your ass. The ass contains bacteria that may be harmful if passed from anus to mouth by fingers. A thorough shower prior to anal sex is always recommended. Cleaning out your rectum with the use of an enema or douche is not so clear. While many individuals may choose to do this with plain water (avoid anything with chemicals that may inflame the delicate inner lining), some experts recommend caution about frequent use of enemas. There is concern that this may cause the body to rely on enemas to poop. It may also eliminate bacteria that are helpful in the anus for digestion and elimination.
Avoiding eating a few hours before sex, and using a small amount of cool or warm water with an ear syringe to clean the anus, may be sufficient to minimize the possibility of an accident or the dreaded “shit-dick” – your partner pulling out to find his dick or condom covered with feces.
What should I watch out for when it comes to anal health?
There are various ailments to the anus that can arise including:
- Anal itching, or anal pruritus, is an itching of the skin around the anal opening. It may be connected to allergic reactions to laundry detergent, soaps, or even toilet paper. Certain foods may also cause this condition. Most cases are treated by changes in use of irritants. For more on anal itching click here.
- Genital warts
- Molluscum (a skin infection)
- Anal fissures
Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and Molluscum Contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus as well. Approximately half of men who have sex with men have HPV. The good news is that there is now a vaccine for young gay and bisexual men who have not yet contracted it that prevents infection with this virus. The Food and Drug Administration has now approved this vaccine, known as Gardisil, for boys who might be at risk for infection with HPV. To read more click here.
Anal fissures are small tears that can cause minor or substantial problems depending on their size and location. For more information about anal fissures and other problems visit: