The Negative Side Effects Of Anal Sex
According to a new study, anal sex may lead to fecal incontinence. While the research found that both men and women can suffer from fecal incontinence because of anal sex, it’s men who suffer from it more. I guess that throws a wee bit of a wrench into the benefits of anal sex, because no one, and I mean no one, wants a leaky butt.
Of the 6,150 adults surveyed nationally by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 5 percent of men and 37 percent of women had tried anal sex at least once in their lives. For the women who had given it a whirl, 50 percent of them had reported fecal incontinence at least once a month, which, isn’t all that bad, to be honest. However, where things get a little less appealing is the fact that for men who have had sex with men and been on the receiving end, the chances of having monthly fecal incontinence was tripled.
But while 10 percent of women who had had anal sex experienced fecal incontinence at one point, it should be noted that 7.4 percent of women who had never had anal still had occasional bouts of it.
Takeaway? As the study said itself, “The results don’t prove anal sex causes incontinence,” it’s just a possible (emphasis on possible) side effect to it. Here are six other possible negative side effects of anal sex:
1. Anal Tearing Is Always A Risk
Unlike the vagina, the anus doesn’t naturally lube. The reason anal sex aficionados are so vocal about the use of lube isn’t just because it helps alleviate any possibility for pain, but because it also helps limit anal tearing. While anal tearing isn’t that big of deal, because it will heal, the anus is a hot bed for viruses which can quickly make their way into the bloodstream via those tears. Which brings us to…
2. Contraction of HIV Is Far Greater
While one of the benefits of anal sex is not having to worry about pregnancy, when it comes to STDs, it’s a whole other story. Although all STDs can be contracted via anal sex if protection isn't used, HIV, especially, “poses 30 times more risk of the receptive partner than vaginal exposure.”
3. Anal Sex Could Possibly Result In Anal Cancer
Because the anus is so susceptible due to the thin membrane it contains, according to the the American Cancer Society, most anal cancers appear to be the result of HPV. There’s also the concern that HPV, if contracted anally, can lead to anal warts ― which isn’t as bad as cancer, obviously, but is still an inconvenience no one wants.
4. Infections Are More Prevalent With Anal Sex
Let’s not beat around the bush: The anus is a direct path to the bowels. Bowels are, of course, home to poop. Poop is a waste product that's bursting at the seams with bacteria and other not so fun stuff. What this means is that if you go from anal to vaginal sex, without properly washing up in between, the partner with the vagina could end up getting a UTI, as well as other possible unpleasant infections.
5. You Could End Up With A Prolapsed Anus
Although there is no hardcore evidence that says, “OMG. You WILL end up with a prolapsed anus if you engage in anal sex," it should be noted that there’s a chance after a lifetime of anal that it could happen. But there’s also a chance you’ll get a prolapsed uterus later in life due to childbirth or simply gravity.
That being said, because anal sex does loosen up the muscles in the anus and repeated stretching of those muscles will continue to do so ― “Rosebud” porn stars make this a regular practice so they CAN get a prolapsed anus ― there is the risk of a prolapsed anus. But it’s a little risk unless you’re training your ass to prolapse because your partner is in to Rosebudding... which I’ll let you Google that image on your own. I do not want to be held accountable for any regurgitated lunches.
6. There’s The Potential For A Sh*tty Situation
While having your anal sex with a side of poop isn’t a guarantee, if you’re taking that path to pleasure, you shouldn’t be surprised is there’s some poop with your anal. Again, this is a possibility, not a sure thing. So, you know, just keep that in mind and don't freak out if it happens. It's just poop ― no one has ever died from poop-related embarrassment.
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