Just like with any other type of sex, you have to take precautions to keep yourself safe during anal. You can transmit STIs through anal sex. In fact, transmission rates are higher for anal sex than for most other sexual activities, since anal tissues are sensitive and susceptible to microtears. Use a condom unless you’re already fluid-bonded with your partner. The good news is that pregnancy is clearly not a concern.
The hygiene factor is one of the biggest reasons people tend to shy away from anal sex. A lot of guys are worried about poo-dick (yes, that’s the official term for it). We won’t lie to you; your penis is probably going to come into contact with traces of fecal matter. But the key word here is traces. Poop slides through the rectum and anus when you’re on the toilet, but it doesn’t hang out there the rest of the day. Here are some steps you can take to keep things as clean as possible:
- Empty your bowels.
- Take a shower after your bowel movement. Clean the outside of your asshole with a bit of soap and water.
- Avoid anal if you have an upset stomach or if you’ve had some messy BMs recently.
- If you’re really concerned about cleanliness, you can always anally douche beforehand to flush out your rectum.
- Keep tissues within arm’s reach for easy clean-up. You can put a towel under you if you’re particularly nervous about messiness, but it’s not necessary.
- If you don’t want to risk even the chance of residue, you can use a condom.
In the end, you’re probably way more paranoid about the cleanliness factor than necessary. Anal sex is actually pretty clean, and it’s likely that you won’t notice anything when the deed is done and you’re pulling out of anal town.
If you’re the pitcher in this scenario, it’s usually best to let the catcher take the lead with hygiene. They’re likely just as concerned about cleanliness as you are, and you don’t want to shame them by dictating how they should take care of their body.