What are the risks of anal sex for men

What are the risks of anal sex for men?

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Men and Anal sex

More and more men today are fantasizing about indulging in anal sex. At some point, men find themselves imagining how anal sex feels after watchign enough Hollywood flicks and blue movies to arouse their curiosity and with that the itch of a lifetime begins.

Anal sex is the act of inserting the penis, fingers, or any foreign object such as a vibrator into the anus for sexual pleasure. Webmd estimates 90% of men have had sex with men and as many as 5% to 10% of women have had anal intercourse.

Some people find anal sex enjoyable because the anus is full of nerve endings, but the practice does come with a number of health risks so you need to take precautions to be safe. Here are just a few health risks for men.

Also Read: 5 simple anal sex tips for women

Higher risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STI)

Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior for HIV transmission according to Center for Disease Control (CDC). This is due to the fact that the skin is more likely to tear during anal sex than during vaginal sex thereby posing a greater risk of contacting STI.

Men who have sex with men (MSM) and even heterosexual couples who engage in anal sex haveĀ  a higher risk of contacting Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis, HIV and Herpes.

To minimize the risk of STI transmission, you should make a point of wearing a condom during anal sex.

Tear up tissues inside your anus

Compared to the Vagina which has natural lubrication the anus does not and during penetration, tissues inside the anus can get teared. This will allow bacteria and virus to enter the bloodstream.

Secondly, the tissue inside the anus does not also have a natural protection – layers of dead cells that serve as a protective barrier against infection – leaving it vulnerable to tearing and the spread of infection.

Always use lubrication every time you have anal sex to reduce risks of tissues tear. When using latex condoms use water-based lubricants instead of oil based.

Weak anal sphincter

Anus was naturally designed to hold in stuff and so for instance the anal sphincter tightens after we defecate. Repetitive anal sex, however, weakens this ring-like muscle making it difficult to hold in feces until you can get to the toilet. Sometimes a tear in the lining of the anus or rectum can grow larger and become what doctors call a fistula

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