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Anal Sex Safety and Health Concerns

Preventing Anal Sex Problems

The only way to completely avoid anal sex risks is to abstain from anal sex. If you engage in anal sex, it is always important to use a condom to protect against the spread of infections and diseases.

Following are more tips for increasing anal sex safety:

  • Avoid inserting a penis into the mouth or vagina after it's been inserted in the anus until your partner puts on a new condom. 
  • Use plenty of lubricant to reduce the risk of tissue tears. With latex condoms, always use a water-based lubricant. 
  • Relax prior to insertion of the penis to help reduce the risk of tears. Taking a warm bath before anal sex or lying on your stomach may make insertion easier. 
  • Stop if anal sex is painful. 
  • If you experience bleeding after anal sex or you notice a sores or lumps around the anus or a discharge coming from it, see your doctor as soon as possible.  

 

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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on November 17, 2010

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