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 males engage in anal sex and that it is not uncommon in heterosexual relationships. Types of anal sex can also be a part of lesbian sexual practices.As with most forms of sexual activity, anal sex participants risk contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs). Anal sex is considered a high-risk sexual practice because of the vulnerability of the anus and rectum. The anal and rectal tissues are delicate and do not provide lubrication like the vagina does, so they can easily tear and permit disease transmission, especially if a personal lubricant is not used.
How Risky Is Anal intercourse? A Gynecologist Explains
According to ob-gyn Lauren F. Streicher, MD, director of the Centre for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at the Feinberg School of Medicine at North-western University. There are a few risks involved with anal that women need to know, she says.
Rectal gonorrhoea, anal chlamydia, and HIV are all real risks. According to the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, “anal s*x is the highest-risk s*xual behaviour for HIV infections.” But anal s*x is perhaps most likely to transmit the human papillomavirus (HPV). “Very few heterosexual men have HIV, but over half of men have HPV,” says Dr. Streicher. HPV can cause anal warts and anal cancer.
What’s more, she points out, you’re probably not going to get screened for anal STIs at your doctor—unless he or she specifically asks if you’re having anal s*x (unlikely) or you specifically request those tests.
While research suggests anal isn’t quite as prevalent as pop culture might suggest—a 2016 study found that just 12.2% of American women had done it within the last three months—there’s no question curiosity about the backdoor position has grown.
“Let’s face it; the anus was not made for intercourse. It’s supposed to be a one-way passage,” Dr. Streicher points out. The vagina, on the other hand, “has a thick, elastic, accordion-like lining designed to stretch to accommodate a penis, or a baby.”
Rectal tissue is thinner and doesn’t share the same elasticity, so there’s a greater chance it can tear, says Dr. Streicher, who is the author of Sex Rx. And tearing increases your odds of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.
Then there’s pain, bleeding, and fecal incontinence. “Poop in your pants is not a nice thing to talk about,” says Dr. Streicher. She points to new research from a team at North-western University that found that women who considered anal part of their regular bedroom behavior were more likely to say it changed the consistency of their stools, and report both urinary and fecal inconvenience.
But if you’re interested in trying anal sex, or giving it another whirl with your partner, what’s the safest way? Use protection no matter what, says Dr. Streicher. “As a gynaecologist, I tell people even if you are in a monogamous relationship; you should always use a condom for anal sex.” And if you have vaginal sex after anal, have your partner put on a new condom to protect against the likelihood of a urinary tract infection.
Sodomy sex is anal sex: its name comes from Sodom and Gomorrah where God destroyed the city because of the homosexuality that was going on there. The anus was not designed for sex, neither is it safe to practice. Even though the Bible doesn’t discuss anal sex between a married couple, from what the Bible does tell us you can see that God intended for the penis to go inside the vagina not the anus. Married couples shouldn’t be having anal sex. We must not take away God’s natural way of doing things. According to the bible Leviticus 20:13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. In conclusion say NO to homosexual and say NO to Anal sex.