9 doctors weighed in:

Is anal sex safe?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Sinclair
Dr. Michael Sinclair
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2 comments
Dr. Eric Kaplan
you can also cause permanent muscle damage to the sphincter and varying degrees of incontinence. The anus is an exit, not an entrance!!
Dr. Brian Wolfman
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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