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Anal sex dos and don'ts

Anal sex dos and don'ts

It is not just for homosexuals, many heterosexual couples too engage in anal sex. But keep these things in mind before you try it.

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : January 14, 2015 11:27 PM IST

According to a survey, at least 40% heterosexual couples have tried anal sex though it is usually associated with homosexual men. Whether you've tried it or not, here are some dos and don'ts you should know:

Use condoms

Many people prefer anal sex to regular vaginal intercourse because there s no risk of pregnancy and this can lead to them trying it out without condoms (known in colloquial terms as barebacking ) which can lead to a plethora of STDs including the dreaded HIV. Unprotected anal sex is actually considered the most high-risk sexual practice; a receptive partner is 5 times more likely to get HIV through unprotected anal sex than unprotected vaginal sex. Along with STDs, the practice can also lead to physical damage to the anus. So, we can't stress enough that you absolutely need to use condoms in this case. And don't forget to use different ones for vaginal and anal sex.

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Ease into it

If it s your first time, make sure that it doesn t happen suddenly. Talk to your partner about it and don t let it be a surprise. Keep lubrication handy, because the anus unlike the vagina doesn t have any natural lubricants. If it s your first time, you can start off with some finger play or sex toys like a small butt plug to get more comfortable and see if you want to move forward.

Lubrication tips

One very important thing to keep in mind is the kind of lubrication you use. If you re using a latex condom, you need to stay away from oil-based lubricants like petroleum jelly, hand lotion or cold cream as they can react with latex and dissolve it. You should use water-based ones like glycerine or lubricating jellies which can be purchased at most chemist shops. Here is more information about lubricants.

Mix it up

There are many nerve endings between the walls of the vagina and the anus, so stimulating the vagina simultaneously can be extremely enjoyable. You could also try stimulating the clitoris or other erogenous zones like breasts.

The most important thing you need to remember however is that sex is something that s supposed to be fun and enjoyable for both partners. Anal sex like other non-standard sexual activities might not be pleasurable for everyone. If you or your partner doesn t want to do it, don t force it on them.