Like any kind of sex, anal sex comes with its own set problems, namely the fear of pain, making a mess or cross contamination.
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However, these ground rules should have you back to enjoying butt stuff in no time!
Typically, the anus doesn’t produce enough lubrication for comfortable penetration. Therefore, it is important to use lots of lubricant when engaging in anal sex.
Pain can also occur if the anal sphincter isn't relaxed enough, so be sure to take it slow and enjoy plenty of anal foreplay before you attempt penetration.
If the pain continues, its best to let your partner know and to cease activity. Pain during attempted anal intercourse should abate pretty quickly, but if it doesn’t, and you’re still experiencing pain a few days later, make an appointment to see a doctor in case of injury.
The reality is that all sex comes with a certain amount of mess, but don't let the fear of fecal matter deter you from trying anal if you're so inclined. To minimise the chance of encountering a bit of poo, make sure you clean the area surrounding your anus well before you have sex, or you can give yourself an enema, or anal douche, to flush you out beforehand.
Since the anus processes waste, it is full of bacteria.If the partner being penetrated has a vagina, having vaginal sex after anal play without changing condoms or washing your hands/genital can potentially cause vaginal and urinary tract infections.
Therefore, the penetrating partner should make sure to change condoms regularly and keep their nails short to making washing their hands more hygienic.
Web MD: 'Anal Sex Safety: What to Know'
Planned Parenthood: What causes pain during anal sex?