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is anal sex safe?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
37 years experience Family Medicine
Yes and no: The anus is not made for sex, it does not produce any natural lubrication. So if your going to try it, then you need plenty of high quality artificial lube (astroglide or pjur), go slow, be gentle and if it hurts, stop. Also the anus is very susceptible to catching stds, so make sure your partner does not have any.
Answered on Jul 7, 2019
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Dr. Brian Wolfman
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes, it is safe in general. Use lube and use good judgment but there are not long term risks. Safe sex should always be practiced.
Jul 11, 2014
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan commented
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
you can also cause permanent muscle damage to the sphincter and varying degrees of incontinence. The anus is an exit, not an entrance!!
Mar 31, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Anal Receptive Sex: carries a # of risks. Trauma can lead to rectal prolapse, anal fissure, tearing of tissues, ^ hemorrhoid sxs & Anodyspareunia (pain). Unprotected anal receptive sex has ^ risk for transmission of infections due to rectal microorganisms as well STD's due to tearing of delicate tissues. Anilingus (oral – anal sex) is also associated w potential transmission of infections.
Answered on Mar 31, 2017
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