There are two rules that anyone having anal sex has hopefully heard before: First, always use lube; second, don’t go straight from anal sex to vaginal sex. But if you’re someone with a vagina who is having anal sex, then there’s a good chance that sometimes you have anal sex and vaginal sex in one sexual encounter, so it’s important to understand exactly why this second rule exists and how to make it work for you.

If you had a penis, object, or finger inside of your anus, and then directly put that same thing inside of your vagina, that can greatly increase your risk of several different infections.

The types of infections it can cause include, but are not limited to, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, Urinary Track Infection, or complications of all of those things.

THIS ISN’T MEANT TO SCARE YOU INTO AVOIDING ANAL SEX ENTIRELY; IT’S JUST TO MOTIVATE YOU TO TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT.

 

To guard against contracting some kind of infection, thoroughly wash the penis, object, or finger that was inside your anus with mild soap and water before it enters your vagina. Or, you can use baby wipes or moist towelettes to clean the penis or object. If you’re using condoms, you still have to use these clean-up measures, and you also have to put on a fresh condom. (Often, condoms don’t cover an entire penis or penetrative object, so there’s still a chance that it could have bacteria lingering on it.)

While these measures might seem a little bit extra, or at the very least a mood-killer, there are a few ways that you can make the transition a little less awkward. You could always use something else for vaginal stimulation after anal sex, like a dildo, vibrator, or your hand. Or, you could just have vaginal sex before anal, or opt for shower sex (so you don’t have to worry about going to the bathroom to wash off before having vaginal sex).

All of this might sound like just another chore that you have to think about during anal sex, but it’s one surefire way to ensure you’re having safer sex.

 

Source: http://www.refinery29.com

 

 

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