Safe anal sex and hygiene Risks of anal sex

The rectal mucosa is fragile and sensitive to infections by viruses and bacteria. The mucosa absorbs substances deposited in the rectum. This absorption capacity can be increased involuntarily by a brutal penetration, which can cause small micro wounds and hemorrhages.

Therefore, it is a favorable ground for the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Whether viral, such as HIV, human papilloma, all types of hepatitis (except hepatitis A) and genital herpes. Also can cause gonorrhea, syphilis and others.

On the other hand, rectal prolapse can occur if the necessary safety measures are not taken.

Hygiene

It’s always advisable to practice anal sex using a condom. If the practice of anal sex is carried out without a condom, the highest level of hygiene of the anus is essential. Hygiene is important for good anal health and anal sex, and even more so if it is done without a condom.

The normal care facilitates that there is a natural hydration that allows the skin around it to be soft and elastic.

Lubrication

Contrary to the vagina, the anus do not secrete natural lubrication that facilitates sexual intercourse.

These muscles normally have an elasticity that allows them to expand naturally. Even so, this may cause anal fissures which may require re-lubrication. For this reason some lubricant is usually used to facilitate penetration.

As for natural lubricants, the use of saliva is very common or anal penetration after vaginal penetration. But, since both liquids evaporate quickly, the penetration would have to be immediate. Even so, they do not usually offer great guarantees.

The application of the lubricant must entail its morbid and its part of sensorial excitation.

If you are interested in knowing more about lubrication, we recommend that you read our specialized article about the best lubricants.

Relaxation of the anal muscle and dilatation of the sphincter

As normally the anal muscle (anal sphincter) is closed, anal sex could be painful if you do not previously have the precaution to relax this muscle.