MARBLEDOORAFFILIATE EVENTS EDUCATION PICTURES
Anal sex can be amazing - and orgasmic. As my friend and fellow sex educator Rachel Venning says, "Anal sex is like yoga for your butt!" And I agree. It's healthy for the anal muscles, bringing blood and circulation into the sphincter. But I'm also not afraid to address the obstacles to having great anal play. Here are four valid reasons why you might not want to do it.
A Lifestyle User Guide
Common Sense Safety
1) Use a fresh latex condom each and every time for intercourse.
The condom should be used correctly (rolled down the entire shaft of
the penis as far as it can go) and no penile/vaginal contact should
occur without the condom in place. (Also, a water-based lubricant
should be applied as needed.)
2) As soon as is practical after giving oral sex, rinse your mouth
thoroughly with an anti-bacterial mouthwash (example: Peroxyl).
Also, wash the area around your mouth with soap and water.
3) As soon as is practical after intercourse or receiving oral
sex, wash your genitals and the area around your genitals with soap
4) Urinate after intercourse or receiving oral sex.
5) Be clean. Make sure your and your partner's hands and genitals
have been washed with soap and mouth rinsed with mouthwash before sex
play. (However, do not brush your teeth or floss just before -or
just after- oral sex play, especially if brushing with a hard bristle
6) Never give oral sex or kiss if you have any kind of open wound
in the mouth or on or near the lips (cheek bites, tongue bites,
canker sores, cold sores, etc.).
7) Never engage in intercourse or receive oral sex if there is any
soreness or a health issue of any kind in the genitals.
8) Thoroughly wash any sex toy with antibacterial soap just prior
9) Never allow anything with a high sugar content, in or near the
vagina (heightens risk of yeast infection).
10) Refrain from anal penetration in sex play; if anal penetration
occurs, be sure that whatever was inserted in the anus is kept away
from any other body opening until it can be thoroughly cleaned with
antibacterial soap. (Note: anal intercourse is the riskiest type of
sex play due to the greater likelihood of tearing tissue. Use of a
condom and generous application of water-based lubricant is
absolutely required in every instance.)
11) Engage in sex in a place with lighting sufficient to clearly
see your partner's genitals. Have a good look at them as part of
foreplay. If there is anything that appears to be unusual bumps,
pimples, sores, infections, abnormal discharges, etc. in the area,
refrain from further sex play. If this is not deemed to be an option,
offer to engage in non-penetrative sex, such as mutual masturbation,
12) If you haven't been already, immediately arrange to be
vaccinated against Hepatitis B.
("As soon as is practical" in 2 and 3 above does not necessarily mean
awkwardly jumping up in the middle of foreplay and running to the
bathroom. However, it does mean that shortly after sex play reaches
completion, rinsing and washing should be taken care of.)
Also, if any issue arises regarding your sexual health, promptly seek
proper medical diagnosis and treatment. Left untreated, genital
problems can quickly develop into a serious threat to your health.
Condom use is always an issue for men as it undeniably reduces
pleasurable sensation. This negative aspect can be reduced somewhat
by using thinner (Crown, Kimino, etc.) or more comfortable latex
condoms and by applying (or reapplying) adequate lubricant
(Astroglide, etc.) to the exterior of the condom, if needed. Men
should try different brands and sizes of latex condoms to find the
one that reduces pleasurable sensation the least while still
providing the required safety.
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