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Is anal sex healthy?

Sharine Forbes
Geriatric Medicine

Recently, anal sex has become popular amongst people looking to spice up their relationships. Anal sex can feel good because there are a multitude of nerve endings in the anus that when stimulated create a wonderful sensation for some people. 

However, anal sex has its dangers due to the lack of natural lubrication. As a result, the risk of tearing and pain is much higher when compared to the vagina. Therefore, it is recommended to use lubricants in order to help reduce the amount of friction. Additionally, wearing a condom is also highly recommended to create a smooth barrier and protect from STD's. For heterosexual couple's there is another danger posed by participating in anal sex, that being the transfer of bacteria from the anal region to the vagina. Therefore, when changing regions it is important to change the condom and clean thoroughly. 

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