Anal sex is an act in which two people have sexual intercourse through the anal cavity.

Though equally popular in heterosexual and lesbian couples, anal sex is commonly associated with gay couples.

The assumptions seem logical because “naturally,” the anus is the only way that can be used in gay couples for sexual intercourse.

But if we include a little science here, we will find out that that “naturally,” the anus is not meant for sexual or any other sort of penetration at all.

According to human anatomy, the anus is a one-way passage designed only to evacuate fecal matter. Unlike a vagina, it is not lubricated or flexible to allow any insertion in it. Even if it is with the consent and willingness of both the partners involved in the act, any insertion in the anus would be forceful. Hence it is common to experience pain, discomfort, and even bleeding while engaging in anal sex, which, of course, cannot be a pleasurable sexual experience for an average person.

As a result of forced penetration, it is typical for the tissues of the inside of the anal cavity to get tears. Similarly, the penis is also not made for penetration in unlubricated and non-flexible cavities, and hence, is as prone to tears as an anal cavity is.

Even if you cannot feel it, there still can be abrasion on the macro level. These minor tears and abrasions expose the bloodstream to the outside environment. Of course, a rectum setting contains fecal matter, which naturally contains a lot of harmful bacteria that our body is trying to emit. Those abrasions serve as an entrance for bacteria to the bloodstream and cause health problems for both the partners.

In addition to that, it highly increases the risk of getting STDs and STIs such as rectal gonorrhea, HIV and chlamydia, and HPV. There are over 40 strains of HPV, some low-risk and some high-risk. Arguably, about half of heterosexual and homosexual men may have it. HPV can cause anal warts and even cancer of the anus.

Not just that, anal sex is unnatural and a health risk for you and others. It is also highly inconvenient and dirty. One would have to take his time to empty the lower part of his rectum to emit any feces in there in a process called “douching.” Douching has to be done right before the penetration and can be a mood killer often.

Despite douching, the chances of the presence of fecal matter are still pretty high. This is why feces come as a by-product of anal penetration on anything used for penetration, including the penis, fingers, sex toys, etc. It is also followed by a disgusting smell that does not wear off any time soon.

The struggle to avoid penetration in fecal matter and then washing it off in case of getting it also adds to the inconvenience. 

Research shows that not all gay males engage in anal sex.

Bespoke Surgical interviewed 300 gay men of different ages about their sex lives and revealed that:

only 13% have anal sex daily

39% have it a couple of times a week

24% have it a couple of times a month

5 in 6 have it at least a few times a year

And one in six has it less than once a year.

This means around 16% of gay men are not into anal sex, which implies that there has to be some way for sexually satisfying oneself while avoiding anal sex, which is highly recommended for the reasons discussed above.

A lot of other sexual practices can be considered for this purpose, such as mutual masturbation.

 

Sources:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/photo-stories/6-dangers-of-anal-sex-as-per-gynaecologists/photostory/60743393.cms

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/how-do-men-and-women-prepare-to-bottom-for-anal-sex/

https://www.healthline.com/health/rectal-pain#rectal-prolapse

    9 Comments

    1. on November 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm

      I like this post

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    2. Classified Equal Rights Classified Equal Rights on December 3, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      Oh! This is a very rich piece.Very Educative. Thank you.

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    3. Andleeb Asghar Andleeb Asghar on December 8, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      Helpful

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    4. MyGayOpinion MyGayOpinion on December 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm

      Wow this article gave me a “hole” lot to think about. I’m sure medically there are many concerns with anal sex as noted here. I think being informed and doing some research before indulging in anal sex is a good idea. I think that’s the case before indulging in any activity that puts you at risk of contacting any form of disease that can possibly cause death. I do agree with the fact that you can have a perfectly normal sexual relationship that doesn’t involve anal sex, both in an LGBT or heterosexual relationship.

      My issue with this article is calling anal sex “unnatural,” “filthy” and “disgusting.” I think the writer is entitled to his/her/their opinion but it’s a bit judgmental. If 16% of gay men are not into anal sex, then doesn’t that mean that 84% are? If so, that means it’s more natural for gay men to have anal sex than not. Also saying someone “cannot be making love and enjoying pain at the same time” obviously has never seen 50 Shades Of Gray…to be honest, neither have I but I know the deal. There are people who are into some pain with the ones they love, there is a whole BDSM community out there, both LGBT and heterosexual. Again just because the writer isn’t into it, doesn’t mean that it isn’t valid.

      So I give the writer props for writing a piece that is meant to be informative and to keep LGBT people safe and disease free, however I hope anyone reading this who might be into anal sex or a little bit of pain during love-making doesn’t feel any less valuable. I just think whatever someone wants to do sexually, should be done safely and consensually, whatever it may be.

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    5. shabnaz shabnaz on December 22, 2020 at 11:53 am

      Thank you for educating us on this important issue. The percentage of homosexual couples involved in anal sex is alarming and it is high time that we educate ourselves about the health issues before engaging in any activity.

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      • JEROME JEROME on December 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

        Hello,
        Thank you for your message. We have a vision to create awareness about sexuality for the risk it contains as well.
        Feel free to message us for further concerns.
        Kind regards,
        Jerome

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    6. Perry Ramen Perry Ramen on December 24, 2020 at 6:49 pm

      You just have to look at this picture to see that there is something abnormal in the act itself.

      The ass hole has been created by nature to expel shit and its the last place where you want to put your tongue, finger, toys, fist or dick.

      Its only through education that people will come to understand that anal sex is unnatural and unhealthy.

      Our role is to educate society about the issues related to anal sex and let society decide by themselves if anal sex should be accepted or rejected based on what they have learned.

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    7. DrKR Dhar DrKR Dhar on December 30, 2020 at 7:49 am

      My personal view is act is act – nothing natural or unnatural – but have to go through the consequence related.

      If one tell lies nobody will believe him, this is the consequences, whether it is morale or not, sin or not those are hypothetical.

      We know fast food and sedentary lifestyle is not good for health, root cause of Diabetes, Heart problem and one of the cause of death in corona, due to co-morbidity, still people are going for that.

      One is the master of one’s body and mind. The decision is to be taken by him. All we are here as well-wisher, can inform and aware, decision to be taken by one himself.

      Keep in mind the consequence of sufferings if things go wrong, which may start from piles, infection, AIDS and till anal carcinoma.

      So if not able to restrain please do it rarely, compensate by mutual alternate masturbation procedure, maintain proper hygiene, stick with one/few partners, be trust worthy to each other, take related vaccine, aware about self and partner’s health status.

      My opinion : be trustworthy to you and partner and enjoy till not able to restrain, dont worry— go ahead—-enjoy—-ask & pray power from God to be one of his loveliest, nearest.

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    8. Amir Malik Amir Malik on December 30, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      Very insightful and informative! More people need to be educated on the dangers of anal sex! Great work!

      Anal sex, despite the fact that it’s an increasingly common sexual activity from Trusted Source, is a bit of a taboo topic. As more couples are pursuing this type of sex, it is important to understand the dangers, rewards, and proper strategy. Anal sex is mainly growing in popularity with couples under 45 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, 36 percent of Trusted Source females and 44 percent of Trusted Source males indicated that they had anal sex with an opposite-sex partner in a national survey. You might think of anal sex with a penis as anal penetration, but you have a few more choices. Anal sex with the fingers or tongue may also be done. Female toys, including dildos, vibrators, and butt plugs. Like any sexual activity, anal sex isn’t inherently unsafe. It just requires more planning, prep, and communication than some other forms of sexual activity. Safety during sex should be a top priority.

      Anal Sex Risks
      The anus lacks the natural lubrication that the vagina has: The tissue within the anus may be torn by penetration, allowing bacteria and viruses to invade the bloodstream. This may result in the spread of infections, including HIV, that are sexually transmitted. Studies have shown that anal HIV exposure poses a 30-fold greater risk to the receptive partner than vaginal exposure. It may also raise the risk of the human papillomavirus getting (HPV). The growth of anal warts and anal cancer can also lead to HPV.

      The tissue inside the anus is not as well-protected as the skin outside the anus: There are layers of dead cells in our external tissue that act as a defensive shield against infection. This natural defense does not occur in the tissue within the anus, leaving it susceptible to tearing and the spread of infection.

      The anus was designed to hold in feces: There is a ring-like muscle circling the anus, called the anal sphincter, which tightens after we defecate. Anal penetration, when the muscle is strong, can be painful and difficult. Repeated anal sex will lead to the anal sphincter being weakened, making it hard to hold in the feces before you can get to the toilet.

      The anus is full of bacteria: Bacteria normally in the anus can potentially infect the giving partner.

      Reasons

      There are many reasons why gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men may have higher rates of HIV and STDs. Some of them are:

        Prevalence of HIV among sexual partners of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men is 40 times that of sexual partners of heterosexual men;
        Receptive anal sex is 18 times more risky for HIV acquisition than receptive vaginal sex;
        Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men on average have a greater number of lifetime sexual partners.

      Other factors that can negatively impact your health and ability to receive appropriate care:

        Homophobia;
        Stigma (negative and usually unfair beliefs);
        Discrimination (unfairly treating a person or group of people differently);
        Lack of access to culturally- and orientation-appropriate medical and support services;
        Heightened concerns about confidentiality;
        Fear of losing your job;
        Fear of talking about your sexual practices or orientation.

      One year post surgery, young transgender adults reported a significant increase in experiences with all types of sexual activities: masturbation increased from 56.4% to 81.7%, petting while undressed increased from 57.1% to 78.7%, and sexual intercourse increased from 16.2% to 37.6% post-surgery compared to presurgery. Young transmen and transwomen were almost equally experienced. In comparison with the general population, young transgender adults were less experienced with all types of sexual activities.

      References:
      https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/anal-sex-safety
      https://www.webmd.com/sex/anal-sex-health-concerns#1
      https://www.cdc.gov/msmhealth/for-your-health.htm
      https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/146/6/e20191411

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