Sexual intercourse is one of the most exciting, titillating and engaging activities. It is the one thing that encompasses and transcends across countries and languages. Which is why most would say that sex is universal. Still, there are many different ways to have sex. One of the most popular ways – other than traditional vaginal or oral – is anal. However, anal sex can be a bit more dangerous for couples when compared to other forms of sex. STD’s are far easier to pass along to a partner during anal intercourse. Of course not protecting yourself during any type of sex can be dangerous.

Overall, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and your partner during anal sex. The first thing you want to make sure is that you want to do it. If you don’t want to or feel comfortable about it, then do not try it. Some couples begin by doing lighter forms of anal before going all the way. In fact, most experts agree that taking it slow is the best thing. Otherwise, it can end up turning your partner off completely. Worse yet, it can result in them getting hurt.

Hygiene is very important when it comes to anal sex. You do not want to have dirty or long fingernails when exploring your partner’s anal cavity. Besides bacteria, one can also scratch them. No one should ever try anal sex without using lubricants. The anus is unlike the vagina which lubricates itself. That spikes the risk of causing damage and tears to someone. Avoid oil-based lubricants since they can damage condoms. Try using water-based lubricants which are specialized for anal sex. These will relieve pain since they contain desensitizing ingredients. More importantly, they can make penetration a whole lot easier.

During anal sex, most people advice participants to be vocal. Any issues that come up when doing it should be mentioned. For instance, speak up if your partner is going too fast or slow, you are not comfortable or in pain. Following these steps will make both you and your partner’s anal sex experience much better.