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What is anal sex?

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This type of sexual activity involves one partner inserting the penis into the other's anus. The anus is full of nerve endings, making it very sensitive. This can make it an an erogenous zone that responds to sexual stimulation. For the giving partner, the anus may provide a pleasing tightness around the penis. While some people find anal sex enjoyable, the practice has downsides and requires special safety precautions.

From: Anal Sex Safety and Health Concerns WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News Release, International Microbicides Conference. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign McKinley Health Center: "Anal Sex: Questions and Answers." News Release, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. University of California, Santa Barbara, SexInfo Online: "What Are the Dangers of Anal Sex?" Columbia University's Health Q & A Internet Service, Go Ask Alice: "Pain from anal sex, and how to prevent it."




Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 16, 2017

SOURCES: News Release, International Microbicides Conference. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign McKinley Health Center: "Anal Sex: Questions and Answers." News Release, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. University of California, Santa Barbara, SexInfo Online: "What Are the Dangers of Anal Sex?" Columbia University's Health Q & A Internet Service, Go Ask Alice: "Pain from anal sex, and how to prevent it."




Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 16, 2017

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