Whether you are straight or gay, as a sexually active person, you must be interested in the pros and cons of anal sex. Even if it does not appeal to you, you should be familiar with the subject because sex education is essential. You may have heard about other people’s experiences. If so, you have probably listened to entirely opposing stories. While some people claim that anal sex is fantastic, others regret ever trying it. What is the truth?
You should not let old wives’ tales get to you and confuse you even further. Anal sex is entirely safe if you follow safety precautions. However, it is not for everyone just like other toys that are a bit off like chastity devices used by married couples. If spontaneity is crucial for you, you will find the preparations anal sex requires time-consuming. But if you want to explore the background of the subject, read on.
Is Anal Sex Medically Safe?
One of the most prominent fears of people who want to attempt anal sex have regards safety. Does it hurt? Can it damage your rectum? Can it cause any injuries or infections? These are some of the most common questions a person asks themselves (and others) before they decide to give anal sex a try or dismiss the idea for good.
The truth is, anal sex is medically safe, but only if you do not disregard your own safety. In other words, you cannot expect not to take care of yourself and be miraculously safe. Although the same goes for vaginal sex, anal is potentially riskier because of its nature.
Fortunately, you have come to the right place. It’s time we discuss anal sex and go through everything you need to know (and do) prior to it.
Use a Condom and Mind Your Hygiene
Even though anal sex cannot result in an unwanted conception, that does not mean that you can safely practice it without protection. If you have anal sex and don’t wear a condom, you take the risk of multiple sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and even HIV (which is something we will address later on). Additionally, unprotected anal sex can lead to urinary tract infections caused by the bacteria that exist in the rectum, which is their natural habitat.
In addition to a condom, hygiene is paramount for a safe anal sex experience. Before you have it, you need to make sure that your anus is perfectly clean. Sadly, having a shower will not be enough (although it is necessary). In order to protect yourself and your partner from any potential embarrassment, you should consider employing an enema. The procedure will thoroughly clean your lower bowel and put your mind at ease so that you can enjoy anal sex to the fullest.
Anal Sex Benefits
If you have discussed anal sex with someone who has tried it, you have probably heard that it differs from vaginal penetration (and not in a bad way). The fact is, there are numerous nerve endings in the anus whose stimulation can feel rather pleasurable. Moreover, people who have had anal orgasm claim that it resembles nothing they have ever tried before.
That being said, you should know that anal sex can be rather painful if you are not careful. So extend your foreplay and enjoy the moment because both you and your partner must be relaxed. Moreover, unlike the vagina, the anus does not have natural lubrication. That is why applying a lubricant is a must. However, you should avoid oil-based ones, as they can increase the chances of the condom tearing. Instead, opt for water-based and silicone-based lubricants.
Risk of HIV Transmission
HIV, as well as AIDS, was first reported in the early 1980s. Back then, it was almost exclusively associated with homosexual men and IV drug users just like what happened in London, cock cages were being shared without cleaning them, and it became a reason for some gay men to get HIV infection. Although it has since been proven that the virus is not isolated to the said groups, the truth is that anal intercourse is more likely to transmit HIV than other sexual acts, such as vaginal and oral sex.
The reason HIV transmission is among the most severe anal sex risks lies in the fact that anal penetration creates multiple micro-wounds in the anal region. And we all know that exposure to blood is one of the main causes of HIV infection. So, in order to stay safe, you should always wear a condom, no matter if you are having casual or commited sex. Moreover, you and your partner(s) may want to consider getting tested for HIV before engaging in anal (or any kind of) sex.
Enhance the Experience
We have already accentuated the importance of foreplay in anal sex. Instead of rushing things and ending up hurt or disappointed, you should take your time and relax before the act. Only then will you be able to enjoy it fully without any regrets.
Fortunately, the sex market has the perfect sex toy for anal stimulation — a butt plug. Depending on your taste and preferences, you can pick between regular ones and those with a tail or a jewel. They are also versatile in terms of design and material, so you have a wide range of options at your disposal.
If you have never tried a butt plug before, do not worry. These toys are short and shaped for easy insertion. They also have a flared base, so you can stop agonizing over the idea of the toy getting stuck in your rectum and can enjoy your anal play instead.
Even though it is still a taboo, anal sex can be massively pleasurable. However, you must keep safety precautions in mind if you choose to try it. If you maintain impeccable hygiene, use a condom, and take it slow, you may be in for a thrilling experience.