Anal sex can be incredibly pleasurable, but, it's also important to be aware of the dangers of anal sex. Anal sex is considered a high risk sexual activity. In fact, many experts consider it a riskier activity that vaginal sex. Most of the dangers of anal sex can be overcome. What it takes is knowledge, patience, and sensitivity to your partner's health and comfort. Among the dangers of anal sex:
- Anal sex can be painful. It is extremely important to use plenty of lube and go slowly to minimize the dangers of painful anal sex. Sometimes it helps to start with a finger or a small dildo before attempting penile penetration. Go slow, listen to your partner, and be patient.
- Anal sex can cause rectal tearing. The tissue inside the rectum is delicate. Even with plenty of lube, there is a potential for tearing. These tears can be painful, and they can also make your partner more susceptible to infection.
- It is easier to get STIs and STDs through anal sex. Because of the thinness of rectal tissue and the high risk of tearing, anal sex carries a higher danger of STDs and STIs. If you and your partner are not monogamous and if you have not both been tested for STDs, it is important to use a condom during anal sex.
- It can cause other infections. Never switch from anal to vaginal sex without washing in between or putting on a new condom. If you do not take this precaution, you can transfer bacteria from your partner's rectum to her vagina. If you engage in extremely risky behavior such as ass-to-mouth, there is also a chance of transmitting a local infection, such as a rectal case of Chlamydia from your partner's anus to her mouth.