Is anal sex safe?

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By Madamnoire

Anal sex can be a very enjoyable experience for both men and women–if you do it right and start off slow.

The area surrounding the anus and the sphincter muscle is rich with nerve endings that help to increase sensitivity to stimulation. Anal sex is also known to cause a pleasurable orgasm due to the contracting of the anal sphincter muscles. Because the anal cavity is usually much tighter than the vagina, the squeeze on the penis and/or sex toy is firmer, which also helps to heighten orgasmic intensity. However, because the lining of the anus is so thin, it is more likely to tear during sex play. That increases the risk for transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. For this reason it’s important to use caution when incorporating anal sex into your play.

First and foremost, when it comes to anal play, you must be totally at ease and relaxed. If for some reason you are not relaxed, the sphincter muscle inside the anus will contract, making penetration uncomfortable and painful. To help ease any anxiety that you may be feeling, you should start by stroking and rubbing around the opening of the anus using your partner’s finger tips or your own. Because the anus does not lubricate naturally, you will need to make sure that you are using plenty of lubricant during anal play; a water-based or silicone-based lubricant is the best option.

Once you’re comfortable with the feeling of something being near the anal opening, you may slowly begin to insert a finger in and out of the anus to gradually stretch the opening, increasing the number of fingers as desired. After you have become more relaxed with the finger(s), move forward with the insertion of the penis or sex toy. Slow, gradual penetration is ideal. Your partner should not try to thrust the penis or sex toy inside, as this has the potential to cause major damage. The receiver should gently guide penetration. This will help you have more control over the penetration as well as allow you to monitor your comfort level.

With regards to the best positions, try starting with the “spooning” rear-entry position and gradually work your way into other moves. Spooning allows for total body contact with your mate and also provides a level of intimacy, which can be very relaxing. Additionally, your partner can stimulate your clitoris at the same time, which will help to intensify your orgasm.

It should be noted that anal sex can be messy. If this is a concern, you can use an anal douche or insert a soapy finger into your anus shortly before having anal sex. This will help minimize the mess.

Quick note: Never go from anal sex to vaginal sex without using a new condom or without cleansing the penis or sex toy. The bacteria from the anus can be transferred to the vagina, resulting in possible infection.

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