Anal Sex Safety: Everything You Need to Know

Anal play is one of the most common sexual activities among men and women. However, there are some things that you need to know before you start practicing safe Anal Play. Here’s everything you need to know about how to do it safely!

What is Safe Anal Play?

Safe Anal Play means having a good understanding of what can go wrong with your body during this activity. There are several risks involved when doing Anal Play. These include infection, injury, blood loss, and even death.

The following list will give you a better idea of what to expect if you decide to try it out:

1) Infection – If something goes wrong with your body during this activity then you could get infected.

Your risk of getting an STD or HIV increases greatly if you have unprotected vaginal, rectal, or mouth contact. Even just touching another person’s butt can spread diseases like herpes simplex virus (HSV), human papillomavirus (HPV), and hepatitis B.

2) Injury – A broken bone from falling on someone else’s butt could cause severe pain and damage to your internal organs.

This activity is a health risk at its best.

3) Blood Loss – Bleeding too much from your rectum can cause anemia which can lead to dizziness, weakness, and other complications.

This condition may become life threatening if not treated immediately.

4) Death – If you or your partner lose too much blood from this activity then it can lead to death.

The human body is not meant to have things inserted in the rectum for many reasons.

Although these risks are low, they can become a serious concern if you ignore them. In addition, you need to be aware that certain activities such as taking large objects up your butt may result in severe damage.

How to Practice Safe Anal Play

The most important thing you need to do is make sure that you keep your body and your partner’s body safe during this activity. There are certain steps that you can take to make sure that your butt stays healthy during this activity:

1) Lubricate – Using a personal lubricant can decrease the risk of getting an infection.

Plus, it decreases the risk of any tearing or abrasion during penetration. Using a personal lubricant that is water based is the safest option since oil-based lubricants can cause latex condoms to break.

2) Use Condoms – Using a new latex or polyurethane condoms every time you have any type of penetration will decrease the risk of spreading any viruses or bacteria.

If you are having straight vaginal or rectal penetration then change the condoms after each act. If you are having vaginal or rectal penetration then change the condoms between partners. If you are having mouth to rectum or mouth to vaginal penetration then use a new one for each person.

3) Start Small – Begin with a finger or vibrator on the outside of the body and slowly work your way up.

Try a small sized butt plug or a slim vibrator before working your way up to a larger size.

4) Clean Well – Make sure you clean your butt properly before and after the activity.

This means not only properly cleaning with soap and water, but also using a small amount of an alcohol-based sanitizer will help prevent the spread of bacteria or virus.

5) Use Protection – Make sure you are always using condoms on your toys during this activity to prevent the spread of bacteria or virus.

It might be best to use a different toy for butt play and vaginal or clitoral play since there is a risk of bacterial or viral infection.

6) Supplements – You can decrease your chances of any damage to the lining of your rectum by taking supplements for the health of your colon.

One example of these types of supplement are called colostrum which can be bought online or at your local health food store.

There are some other steps you might want to take in order to make your experience more pleasurable:

1) Relax – Take a hot bath or shower and then apply baby oil or another type of lubricant all over the area.

This will help the muscles relax and will also provide additional pleasure sensations.

2) Visualization – Try visualizing an exercise where you are pulling your rectum up inside of you and then releasing it.

Do this several times before the penetration to help your body get used to the sensations.

3) Breathing – Take deep breaths and focus on relaxing the muscles in and around your rectum.

4) Edging – This is a method used to improve your ability to have orgasms.

Start by masturbating until you are almost ready to come. When you feel the sensation rising, stop all movement and take a deep breath. Do this several times and then continue to masturbate. This will train your body to be able to have extended orgasms during penetrative sessions.

5) Suppositories – There are products you can buy online or at your local adult store that are designed to be inserted into the rectum before play time.

These are popular because they get the job done, but also reduce the sensitivity of the sphincter so most people require much more time to become fully ready to play.

If you start feeling pain while playing, stop what you are doing immediately and try some of these tips:

1) Stop – Take a deep breath and relax your abdomen and stop trying to have the penetration.

2) Warm Up – Try working your way up to a larger size very slowly.

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