In anal sex, what you eat matters

Mara Ruiz
Mara Ruiz

The preparation for anal sex begins long before the two people who are going to practice it even meet. Not only fantasies and desire can start with great anticipation, but it is also recommended that you have everything ready for that moment.

In addition to condoms and water-based or silicone-based lubricant, you should also pay attention to your diet. Some people who receive anal penetration are concerned about the hygiene of that area, so they may resort to enemas (which are not so recommended, as we already told you here) or excessive washing, which could irritate the skin of the anus or the rectal mucosa.

Changing some details of your diet could avoid so many steps of preparation just before having a sexual encounter, and incidentally it would help improve your digestion, which in turn would help to reduce problems such as hemorrhoids.

Fiber, the best ally

Many times we have heard about fiber and its importance in food. More than just ideas on the air, this is a very relevant truth for those who like anal sex.

It must be taken into account, for example, that there are two types of fiber, according to nutritionist Daniel O’Shaughnessy, who is the author of the book Naked Nutrition, a guide to proper nutrition and health for people of sexual diversity.

In an interview with, O’Shaughnessy explained that one type is soluble fiber, which has metabolic benefits such as avoiding constipation and preventing hemorrhoids. The other type is insoluble fiber, which acts as a binding agent and helps move stool on its way through the intestine.

As examples, soluble fiber is found in oats, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and most fruits and vegetables.

Insoluble fiber can be found in whole grains like brown rice, wheat bran, nuts, beans, and some vegetables like cauliflower and potatoes. As you will see, most plant-based foods contain both types of fiber. For example: an apple has soluble fiber in its pulp and insoluble fiber in the peel. 

Consume with strategy

This does not mean that just any fiber will give you a colon free of waste and discomfort. The strategy to avoid mishaps during anal penetration involves limiting insoluble fiber intake about 24 hours before sexual activity.

For example, O’Shaughnessy says, cut down on your whole grain intake by opting for white rice over brown, and eat your vegetables and fruits without the shell.

It is also important that you identify if some foods cause you digestive problems, such as gas, inflammation or stools that are too soft or without consistency. Avoid these foods, especially spicy dishes, eggs, red meat, caffeine, alcohol and junk food, which are the ones that most commonly cause the aforementioned discomfort.

If you don’t usually eat a lot of fiber, include it little by little in your diet, as consuming a large amount can cause excess gas. 

Put these foods aside

When you prepare for an anal encounter, what you should eat is just as important as what you shouldn’t. A resounding “no” is dairy: milk, cream, yogurt, cream, cheese, and proteins like those used with exercise, since they contain whey. O’Shaughnessy explains that it’s often these foods that cause loose stools.

As for red meats, although they are not as worrisome as dairy, they should also be limited, since some people do not digest their fats and proteins well. If you do not want to deprive yourself of this food, a suggestion is that you chew your dish very well. Fat is another element with which you have to be careful, because sometimes it is difficult to digest. 

Know your body and enjoy

Although they may seem like a lot of instructions, these ideas are actually a great long-term investment. On the one hand, you pay more attention to the functioning of your body, what benefits it and what harms it, and on the other, you save unwanted or embarrassing moments in a context in which what is sought is pleasure.

And don’t forget that to enjoy safely, a condom and lubricant are your best allies. If you want to get free condoms, at AHF Latin America and the Caribbean we have them for you. In addition, we do HIV tests at no cost. Locate our offices in your country and learn about all our services.