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Experimenting With Anal Stimulation - What Do I Need To Know?

Published: April 15, 2013
Dear Experimenting With Anal Stimulation - What Do I Need To Know?,

I am quite fond of your website and it has helped me quite a lot in the past. I have a few intimate questions to ask that relate to each other. I am 17 and have been masturbating for several years and recently I wanted to try something new. I started fingering my anus and really enjoyed it so I started pushing the handle of a hairbrush really fast up there which felt amazing. I was just wondering is this normal and safe. Is it okay to use it after washing it with anti bacterial soap? I find it quite difficult to finger my bum so using the brush is easier. Do you have any other suggestions for me to use or any other techniques to try? Also, does this mean I will enjoy anal sex? Regards, Xxxxx


Dear Experimenting With Anal Stimulation - What Do I Need To Know?,

TeenHealthFX would like to start off by saying that we are glad you like our website and that it has been helpful to you. Hopefully we will continue to be helpful to you by answering your current questions.

There is concern about putting a hairbrush into your rectum, especially doing it “really fast.” Some of the concerns are as follows:

  • Our skin has layers of dead cells that serve as a protective barrier against infection. The tissue inside the anus, on the other hand, does not have this natural protection which leaves it vulnerable to tearing and the spread of infection. The handle of the brush, especially if it is not smooth, could cause tears and could spread bacteria from the brush to the anus.  
  • The anus is also full of bacteria that will get onto your hairbrush – and depending what the hairbrush is made of it could be hard to clean.
  • The anus was designed to hold things in (namely feces). Repetitive anal sex/penetration could lead to the weakening of the anal sphincter (a ring-like muscle surrounding the anus which tightens after we defecate), making it difficult to hold in feces over time (although Kegel exercises can help counteract this).

If you are going to insert something into your rectum, FX would recommend that you use some kind of sex toy specifically made for that purpose rather than household objects. For one thing, you will be using them only for this purpose which will be more sanitary. Second, finding toys smooth in texture will help prevent any tearing of the lining of the rectum. Keep the following in mind about sex toys:

  • Toys should be washed with a mild soap and warm water before and after use.
  • Toys should not be shared. They should not be transferred from the anus to vagina without cleaning in between.
  • Toys used for anal stimulation should have a wide base or handle to prevent them from slipping inside the anus.

As for your second question, FX cannot know whether this means you will enjoy anal sex once you become sexually active. Perhaps you will enjoy it if you are finding pleasure in anal stimulation. Perhaps your preferences will change by the time you become sexually active. But we do want you to consider the following when it comes to anal sex:

  • Anal sex is high-risk for many STDs. Using condoms during anal sex is critical in helping to reduce this risk.
  • Anal sex can hurt if certain precautions are not taken. The anus usually does not produce enough lubrication for comfortable anal sex, so a water-based lubricant (such as KY jelly or Astroglide) is recommended. Do not use oil-based lubricants (such as petroleum jelly) as they can damage latex condoms.
  • If you do not want to have anal sex, tell your partner and do not feel pressured into it. If you start to feel uncomfortable while having anal sex or are in any pain, voice how you feel and immediately stop what you are doing.
  • Not everyone likes anal sex – and that’s ok. Nobody should ever feel forced or pressured into it (or any other sexual act for that matter!).
  • If you ever experience bleeding after anal sex or notice sores or lumps around the anus or a discharge coming from it, see your doctor right away.

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