We all have that friend-of-a-friend who tried anal sex in high school to disastrous results. Here are some realistic anal sex tips for exploring this new territory—or enhancing what you already know to be a satisfying sexual experience. For anal in particular, it can be helpful to start with a small anal sex toy to use on your own, says Russel Stambaugh, Ph. Once you know your way around the toy, you can move to partnered exploration, he says. You should also avoid any scented lotions or soaps that could be irritating.
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An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of the lower rectum anal canal that causes pain during bowel movements. Anal fissures don't lead to more serious problems. Most anal fissures heal with home treatment after a few days or weeks. These are called short-term acute anal fissures. If you have an anal fissure that hasn't healed after 8 to 12 weeks, it is considered a long-term chronic fissure. A chronic fissure may need medical treatment.
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Anal sex or anal intercourse is generally the insertion and thrusting of the erect penis into a person's anus , or anus and rectum , for sexual pleasure. While anal sex is commonly associated with male homosexuality , research shows that not all gay men engage in anal sex and that it is not uncommon in heterosexual relationships. As with most forms of sexual activity, anal sex participants risk contracting sexually transmitted infections STIs.
All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. I first wondered about how to prepare for anal sex when I was in college. I was 21, an age when everything is sort of do-or-die. I had a couple of friends who had tried anal sex, but I ignorantly judged them for it.