Elasticity of the anus: truths and lies 

Mara Ruiz
Mara Ruiz

Sexuality manifests itself in various practices and preferences. One of them is anal sex, a common practice accepted by many people in their sexual lives, but it is still a subject surrounded by myths and false beliefs that can affect whoever practices it, either physically or psychologically.

Therefore, it is important to provide accurate and objective information to disprove myths and maintain adequate sexual health. Keep reading and you will understand this practice more clearly. 

Demystifying concepts

Anal sex has been surrounded by myths and misconceptions over the years. One of the most common myths is the belief that this practice always causes pain or extreme discomfort. Regarding this, it is important to keep in mind that each person is different and that anal sex can be a pleasant and satisfying experience when it is done in a consensual and safe way.

One of the main doubts is: what is the true elasticity of the anus? You should know that the anus and rectum are designed to expand and contract naturally. Although it is true that in some cases some discomfort may be experienced at first, with proper preparation and lubrication, this sensation can be minimized.

An important factor to consider is that, although the body produces some lubricant in that area, it does not do so in sufficient quantity to facilitate penetration. This is why the use of water-based or silicone-based lubricants is essential to ensure a more comfortable experience and reduce the risk of injury. 

Fearing permanent damage

Another common myth is that anal sex is a cause of long-term fecal incontinence. However, as explained by surgeon Jonathan Baker to TheBody.com portal, the anal sphincter is much stronger than what is believed. Even in people who usually have a receptive role in anal penetration, the sphincter usually stays tight enough to continue to perform its function.

This means, the doctor clarified, that a person “can afford” to lose a little tension in the sphincter and still not have incontinence problems. Even, he affirmed, this decrease in muscle tension can be beneficial, since it makes the area less prone to cracks or tears derived from penetration.

Although many people fear that the anus will become “loose” after regular anal intercourse or inserting very large objects (such as oversized sex toys or fisting), doctors say this is infrequent. Still, they recommend properly preparing the area through gradual stimulation and knowing your own limits.

Among the suggestions to carry out anal practices with large objects is to do them with a person experienced in this activity, who could also help and guide you on how to carry them out safely. 

The importance of consent, communication and preparation

Like any other sexual practice, consent and open communication are essential to ensure a positive and safe anal experience. Both parties should feel comfortable and willing to participate in this activity. Communication before, during and after the event is essential to ensure that both parties agree and enjoy the experience.

In many cases, anal sex requires proper preparation. This involves relaxation and arousal beforehand, as well as condom use to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The choice of lubricant is another key aspect for a comfortable and safe experience. Water-based or silicone-based lubricants are recommended, as they do their job well and do not damage the condom material. It is important to apply enough lubricant during anal penetration to reduce friction and prevent possible injury.

Sexual health and general well-being

Sexual health care is essential to a person’s overall well-being. Keep in mind that the rectal lining is delicate and more prone to tears compared to the tissue of the vagina. Therefore, the use of condoms and lubricants is essential to reduce the possibility of injury and facilitate comfort during practice.

In addition, it is essential that people are aware of the symptoms of STIs and get regular tests for any infection. Early diagnosis and timely treatment are crucial to avoid complications and protect sexual health.

If you have questions about how to take better care of your anal sphincter (or that of your partner), see a specialist doctor who can resolve them without prejudice. And if you want a safe space to get condoms and lubricants, or to take a free HIV test, at AHF Latin America and the Caribbean we work for you. Come to our offices in your country or write to us by Whatsapp and make an appointment now.