The Art of Anal Intercourse dates back to
ancient times suggests that the practice of anal sex stimulation of the anorectal area,
including penile penetration has been around for many centuries. In fact, some might find
it surprising how common a practice it is among heterosexual couples today. In one survey
of 100,000 female readers of Redbook magazine, 43 percent of the women said they'd
tried it with their partners at least once. Of that number, 40 percent said they found it
somewhat or very enjoyable. (That is, about a quarter of the total number of women
surveyed said this.) Forty-nine percent said they didn't care for it, and 10 percent said
they had no strong feelings one way or the other. While not a controlled scientific study,
this survey roughly parallels the findings of many other sexual surveys.
Something else that may come as a surprise to many:
While a fair number of heterosexuals engage in the practice, not all homosexuals do. In a
review of the existing data on the subject, the Kinsey Institute concluded that
between 59 and 95 percent of male homosexuals had engaged in anal sex at least once.
In the age of AIDS, anal sex has received a lot of
bad press and for good reason. Unprotected anal intercourse is the single most risky
behavior in terms of exposure to the dreaded disease. It bears mentioning, however, that
if neither you nor your partner is already infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency
virus), you cannot get AIDS from anal sex. This may seem self-evident, but in a nationwide
sex survey conducted by the Kinsey Institute, half of the American adults questioned said
they thought you could get AIDS through anal intercourse, whether or not one partner was
infected. This is simply not true.
What is true is that having anal intercourse with an
infected partner, without using a condom, is the kind of sex behavior most likely to
transmit AIDS. That's probably because the sensitive lining of the rectum is likely to
tear during intercourse, allowing AIDS-infected blood or semen to pass directly into a sex
partner's bloodstream. In fact, the evidence for this mode of AIDS transmission is so
clear-and AIDS itself is so scary-that doctors now recommend against having anal sex with
anybody, under any circumstances.
If you insist on trying it anyway, take two
precautions: The vagina is naturally elastic and moistened by its own natural lubricants,
but the rectum is not. Therefore, before attempting anal penetration, it's important to
use a waterbased lubricant like K-Y Jelly. Also, before entering the vagina after anal
intercourse, be sure to thoroughly wash the penis. Otherwise, it's likely to transfer
bacteria from the rectum, which may cause vaginal infections.