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is anal sex a safe sexual thing that you should do everytime you have sex?

By Anonymous April 11, 2010 - 7:42pm
 
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My boyfriend and I have been together almost 9 years and he loves penetrating my anus, at first it hurts really bad; it feels like he's stretching my skin to the point it feels like my skin is ripping apart. We've done this before and it's the same every time we stop for a while, I used to bleed a little like its the first time but now it doesn't. I just wanted to know if it is safe every time we have sex.

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Hi Anonymous-

We have a few videos here on the site discussing just what you are asking. Here is a link to one of them: http://www.empowher.com/media/video/it-normal-engage-anal-sex-dr-clark-video

Are you using condoms? There are a few things that can be passed along to your partner via anal sex, besides STDs, such as Giardia. It is a good idea to use a condom. You could end up with internal and external hemorrhoids which can be pretty uncomfortable. If your partner is gentle and you are comfortable and you are monogamous, there is no huge risk to anal sex other than those I've already mentioned. But anytime you bleed, you have an opening for infection to get into your bloodstream in a place that can have a fair amount of bacteria. That is something you definitely want to be aware of. A local infection around your anus could mean an abscess, which would likely require medical attention.

If you are both comfortable and extremely careful about infection control, you should have sex in whatever manner you like. But there are risks to anal sex that are different than vaginal intercourse, and you should be aware of that and cautious about your health.

April 13, 2010 - 6:41am
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