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Anal Sex With Hemorrhoids?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I just started having anal sex with my boyfriend. I really enjoyed it and wish to continue to do it. I recently noticed I now have a hemroid and was wondering is it still safe to continue to have anal sex while the hemroid is still there?
Signed: Anal Sex With Hemorrhoids?

Dear Anal Sex With Hemorrhoids?,

 

TeenHealthFX would suggest that you wait to have anal sex with your boyfriend until after your hemorrhoid has healed for two reasons:

1.      The first is that continued anal sex may interfere with the healing process. Bacteria can spread around the anal area more easily during anal sex and it is important to try and keep the area as clean as possible to help the hemorrhoid heal. Secondly, anal sex may irritate the hemorrhoid and cause bleeding – thus prolonging the healing process. Before engaging in anal sex again, focus on healing the area – you can ask your doctor what lifestyle and home remedies would be best for you given the extent of the problem.

2.      The second concern with having sex when you have hemorrhoids is that because the hemorrhoids may get irritated and bleed, it increases the risk of STD transmission. STDs such as HIV and genital warts can certainly spread more easily when there are open sores – so any activity that increases your chance of passing on an STD is definitely not recommended.

There are many causes of hemorrhoids – straining during bowel movements, chronic diarrhea or constipation, and obesity, to name a few. But anal sex is also a causal factor when it comes to hemorrhoids. FX doesn’t know your history when it comes to hemorrhoids – whether you’ve always been prone to them or just got them for the first time since starting to have anal sex – but know that it is possible that having anal sex is contributing to this problem.

FX wants you to remember that even if you do not have hemorrhoids, there are some important considerations when it comes to anal sex. Because the anus was not designed for penetration (unlike the vagina, there is not natural lubrication and tissue is thinner and can tear more easily), there is a greater risk of tissue tearing or injury to the area. While this can make anal sex uncomfortable or painful for some, it also increases the risk for STD transmission. So if you do want to engage in anal sex, make sure you are truly ready and comfortable with the idea and follow the safer sex guidelines in What Is Anal Sex?

For recommendations on properly treating your hemorrhoids, finding out how much anal sex is contributing to the hemorrhoids, and any questions or concerns you may have about safer sex practices, please speak to your doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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