Week 39-Is anal sex a common practice?

May 22, 2009


lupanarAlthough the topic of anal sex is often considered taboo, the CDC reports approximately 40% of men and 35% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 have engaged in heterosexual anal sex. Approximately 3.7% of men surveyed reported engaging in anal sex with other men.

Most important: if you engage in anal sex – use a condom.  Unprotected anal sex is 5 times more risky than vaginal sex and 50 times more risky than oral sex when it comes to contracting HIV.  Those are important facts!

Know your partner’s and your own STD status.

For both men and women the anus has many sensitive nerve endings that make it a great area for sexual stimulation. For men, stimulation of the prostate gland can be very pleasurable. 

If you decide to have anal sex –

  • Use lots of water-based lube
  • If you use a dildo make sure it is soft and flexible
  • If you are using your fingers, make sure fingernails are clipped
  • ALWAYS proceed slowly, listen to your partner.  If your partner says stop – absolutely stop.

Planned Parenthood of northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org


One comment

  1. […] of anal sex? September 4, 2009 A few months back, one of our readers wanted to know how common anal sex was. Turns out 40% of men and 35% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 engage in heterosexual anal […]

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