Deciding whether to have anal sex is a very personal thing. Anyone can enjoy anal sex, whether they are a man, woman, gay, bisexual or straight, and whether they are giving or receiving it. Leave this field blank. This means that if you are the receptive partner often called the 'bottom' you have a higher risk of STIs and HIV from unprotected anal sex than many other types of sexual activity. Whether you are thinking of having anal sex for the first time, or you just want more information on how to stay safe and enjoy it, this page will help answer your questions. How to have sex. While the risk is less for the 'top' or insertive partnerHIV can still enter through the opening at the top of the penis urethraor through cuts, scratches and sores on the penis.
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Luckily, there are things you can do to lessen any pain. This is because you could transfer small amounts of faeces to the vagina which can cause urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Continue with this until you are fully in — but be prepared to stop at any time if the other person is uncomfortable or in pain. However, there are many blood vessels in and around the prostate and it can get bruised if handled roughly, so always treat it gently and use lots of lube. While lots of people enjoy it, many others would prefer to leave it out of their sexual activities. Photos are used for illustrative purposes.