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.