Can my partner die from anal sex?

Can my partner die from anal sex?

Only under very extreme circumstances does death occur from anal sex. For instance, penetrating the anus with a very large object (i.e. an unreasonably large dildo) and no lubrication may perforate (puncture) the colon and cause serious complications that could ultimately lead to death. However, by taking precautions and being considerate of your partner, this should not be a concern.

It is important to remember that the anus is very different from the vagina; it does not self-lubricate, it does not lengthen to accommodate a penis when aroused, and it houses many potentially dangerous bacteria. Before attempting anal sex, be sure to communicate with your partner to establish ground rules and make sure she or he is participating of their own free will.  Also, be sure to have plenty of lube and condoms on hand. It is a good idea to have them empty their bowels and clean their anus before participating in order to lessen the chance of spreading bacteria.

When you and your partner are ready to begin, be sure to lubricate the anus generously. Make sure your partner is relaxed and, before attempting to insert your penis, try gently pushing on the constricted sphincters with a clean, well-trimmed finger to coax the sphincter to relax and loosen. Trying to force anything into the anus without proper lubrication and relaxation can cause small tears in the anal tissue, which is not only painful for the receiving partner, but leads to the transmission of bacteria and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS. Again, using a condom during anal sex is an absolute necessity!After anal sex, you should never try to insert the penis into a vagina or mouth without thoroughly cleaning the penis, disposing of and replacing the condom in order to prevent serious infections.

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