6 Myths about anal sex
If we talk about myths related to the unknown, the myths surrounding anal sex are certainly many. The unknown is scary and often comes with many myths. But the unknown is also exciting and often worth the adventure.
So in the following lines, we break down 6 of them, so that you can discover a still perhaps uncharted aspect of your sexuality safely.
1. Anal sex is painful
As long as there’s proper lubrication, you’re relaxed and you don’t have hemorrhoids, according to experts, anal sex shouldn’t be painful. The anus is much tighter than the vagina, so you have to be careful, especially in the beginning.
If you’ve experienced any pain in the past or just heard horror stories from your friends, likely, that one of the above guidelines wasn’t followed.
2. Women don’t have a prostate and don’t enjoy it
Okay, even if it doesn’t hurt, it’s not that enjoyable for women, right? Error. Pleasure during anal sex has a lot more to do with the prostate. The anus is full of blood vessels and nerves and is therefore extremely sensitive.
A fact that makes anal play popular and highly erotic for many women. In fact, in a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 94% of women who had anal sex reported having an orgasm during their last intercourse. Again, that doesn’t mean it applies to all.
3. No condom needed
The fact that there is almost zero chance of pregnancy (yes, it has happened) with anal sex certainly makes it more enjoyable for many women. However, it still carries a risk of STD transmission, about the same as vaginal intercourse.
Furthermore, any micro-scrapings in the anal tissue can act as small entry points for bacteria and viruses to enter the bloodstream. Do not panic. Using condoms can not only prevent transmission, but it can also reduce friction for a smoother “entry“. Just remember to use a different condom before switching to vaginal sex or vice versa.
4. Anal sex is dirty
We won’t say there is absolutely no chance, but it’s doubtful. Experts point out that most of the waste of our human body is in the lower part of the intestine, where a finger, a sex toy, or a penis will not reach.
In any case, they recommend washing the area with a mild soap and water and/or visiting the bathroom beforehand. A condom can also come in handy here.
5. Anal sex can cause problems “back there”
Anal sex is not going to distort the physiology of your anus. Its tissue is elastic, while the same applies to the muscles of the anal sphincter. So if we’re not talking about larger-than-life situations, you’ll be fine.
Also make sure the sex toys have an easy “retrieval” mechanism, such as a string or a base. You don’t want to miss anything “back there“, do you?
6. Straight men don’t enjoy accepting it
You may have associated anal sex with sex between gay men, but open-minded straight men often do it too. In short, if a man enjoys receiving anal penetration from a woman he is not gay.
Most men like anal stimulation because the prostate gland is located at the top of the area between the anus and the testicles and controls ejaculation. Anal penetration will therefore make ejaculation more intense and more pleasant.
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