5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Tried Anal Sex

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Not to get too graphic, but the way you pooped before the first time you have anal is a far cry from the way you’ll poop in the days following your first experience with anal—and every experience with it that follows.

Because of that, many women aren’t getting the appropriate information they need to prepare for anal sex let alone have a good time doing it—which you absolutely should! 1.

If anal sex is something you're curious about and you feel comfortable doing it, there's no reason it can't be a fun and pleasurable time.

However, if there’s ever occasion to try out lube for the first time, it’s when you try anal—and then it should be used every time you have anal.

As one partner told me long after that first night I tried it, “You have to expect some poop when it comes to anal. ” I regret to inform you that he was right.

According to him, it would feel “really good,” or at least that’s what his male friends had told him based on their girlfriends’ responses to anal sex. (For the record, my female friends did not agree with this assessment.

What I really wish I’d known was just how much anal sex, especially the first time, messes with your intestines.

There are two major reasons for using lube during anal sex: For starters, it lessens the friction and makes the experience more pleasurable (in other words, it will hurt less).

Getting back to that sphincter muscle, in order to make anal sex feel as good as possible, you need to relax.

That means you definitely want to experiment with anal play first, whether that’s a finger or a little butt plug.

This means your risk for STIs is increased with anal sex—those small cuts are a gateway for certain viruses and bacteria to head straight into the bloodstream.

Just remember the above, and you'll be well on your way to an awesome anal experience. © 2019 Condé Nast. All rights reserved.

Even though there's no risk of pregnancy with anal sex, condoms are the only way to prevent STIs—which you have an increased risk of contracting thanks to the aforementioned anal tearing (sometimes even if you use lube).

Even if you’re in a committed, monogamous relationship, anal sex calls for condom use if you're with a male partner.

While anal sex is more mainstream than ever (a 2010 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that 46 percent of women had tried it), the taboo around this particular sex act still very much persists.

This is something you need to keep in mind, even when engaging in anal play that doesn't involve penetration.

I first wondered about how to prepare for anal sex when I was in college.

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