Avoid inserting a penis into the mouth or vagina after it's been inserted in the anus until your partner puts on a new condom. For some recipients of anal sex, the anus can be an erogenous zone that responds to sexual stimulation. Use plenty of lubricant to reduce the risk of tissue tears. The anus is full of bacteria. Friction, the enemy of pleasure and safety during sex, is produced during anal sex, much as it is during vaginal sex. People who have oral contact with the anus are at high risk of intestinal parasites and hepatitis, so good hygiene is very important. Steps to safer anal sex include: If you experience bleeding after anal sex or you notice a sores or lumps around the anus or a discharge coming from it, see your doctor as soon as possible. The anus was designed to hold in feces. For heterosexual couples, pregnancy can occur if semen is deposited near the opening to the vagina. Oral contact with the anus can put both partners at risk for hepatitis , herpes , HPV, and other infections. Our external tissue has layers of dead cells that serve as a protective barrier against infection. So, whether you are a beginner, an old hat, or simply curious, you can relax, move slowly, and enjoy. While some people find anal sex enjoyable, the practice has downsides and requires special safety precautions. Preventing Anal Sex Problems The only way to completely avoid anal sex risks is to abstain from anal sex. Stop if anal sex is painful. Like unprotected vaginal intercourse, unprotected anal intercourse is high-risk for many sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes, HIV, HPV, and syphilis.