Is Anal Sex Safe?

Q

As long as lube is being used is anal sex safe?  Can you get hurt or be permanently damaged? 

 

A

Is anal sex safe as long as you’re lubed up?  Well considering that the biggest risk you face when having anal sex is catching an STI, a condom would be more useful than lube.

Penetrative anal sex is considered a sexual activity with a higher risk of spreading STIs.  But assuming that you’re using some kind of protection and a bit of common sense, then you should be pretty safe from any sort of permanent damage caused by anal sex.

The linings of the walls of the anus are more delicate than that of the vaginal walls, meaning that the tissue can tear more readily from penetration.  This is also why there is a higher risk of STI transmission, because torn tissue allows bacteria and viruses to easily enter the bloodstream.

The anus doesn’t have the same natural lubrication as the vagina so this further increases the risk of tearing which is why the addition of some type of lube is important for anal sex.  A water-based lubricant should be used with condoms, as oil-based lubricants can cause latex to break.

Besides lube the best way to avoid rips and tears in the anus is for the recipient of the penetration to be nice and relaxed.  Going slow and avoiding painful positions will help.  So will plenty of foreplay and practice.

Another important risk factor to be aware of is the presence of bacteria in the anus.  So after anal penetration has occurred, a new condom should be used or the penis should be thoroughly cleaned before it’s inserted in to the mouth or vagina to avoid the risk of infection, especially vaginal and urinary tract infections.

Serious injury from anal sex is rare but can occur, just as it can with most sexual activities.  A perforation in the colon is probably the most serious of injuries that could happen, followed by haemorrhoids or tears.   Look out for pain and bleeding after anal sex to detect these injuries.  If there is bleeding, pain, lumps, or discharge or anything else unusual you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Otherwise, lube, condoms, relaxation, patience, and common sense should keep you out of anal harms way.

Posted on July 9, 2015 .