We Asked Doctors to Answer All Your Questions About Anal Sex
Is anal sex safe? 6 potential risks to avoid
The idea that anal sex always hurts is a common myth, not unlike the idea that vaginal intercourse always hurts the first time. Neither of these is true. Doing it right also means paying attention to your body and knowing how to respond when you notice a change in how sexual stimulation is feeling. It isn't because there is something inherent to anal sex that means it has to hurt. They are muscles, though, and as long as they are properly stretched, there is no harm in exercising them. Safe and pleasurable anal sex requires you to be able to relax these muscles, not simply learn to tolerate the pain of them being stretched.
Do you like getting jackhammered till your hole is raw? We heard you loud and clear: Our community survey got hot and heavy last month with a variety of responses to our questions about pain and anal sex. First, a few words about the survey. We shared this question anonymous survey with our social media followers, on our website and in our newsletters—to reach a convenience sample of people connected to San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The people who took the survey likely felt they had something to say about pain and sex.