Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Peter, what can you do to make anal sex cleaner?

[Peter Pointers is here 4 YOU, as a service to LifeLube readers - whatever question you may have regarding sexual health, physical health, mental/emotional and spiritual health - ask him. He will find the answers you are looking 4. helped by a team of experts. Below is a recent Q&A you may be interested to read.]
Peter, what can you do to make anal sex cleaner?

Thanks for your question! You bring up one of the main concern of anyone that is interested in the world of anal sex - cleanliness. Not only is it important to keep yourself clean so you don't have to worry about embarrassment, dirty sheets, etc. but cleanliness can also help to prevent the spread of some infections like Hepatitis A.

To start, if you are new to having anal sex with another man, I want to provide you with a very well-written and useful resource out of Terrence Higgins Trust in the United Kingdom called "The Bottom Line." In there, you can find a wealth of information on how to stay safe, clean, and comfortable! Read it closely and ask me any questions that might arise.

Now, the easiest way to keep "mud off the helmet" would to be cover up that helmet. Condoms do wonders for protecting your health, but they also are great for easy clean-up! Many men in relationships like to use them to keep their dip-sticks clean by covering up, pulling out, and using a tissue to remove the cover.

Another potential way of reducing mess is to work on cleaning up the anus before having sex. Now, this must be done with care, since it is a delicate area and too much cleaning can put you at increased risk for injury or infection (including sexually transmitted infections and HIV). Some men find that just using a damp washcloth to gently wipe and clean before sex is enough. However, some men prefer to clean a little more thoroughly by douching. "The Bottom Line," link provided above, discusses anal douching on page 11 and 12. So read that to begin. They also refer us to an enema FAQ here for more information. If you have questions about douching, don’t be afraid to ask.

I hope that helps out. Good luck and have some fun. Don't let a little mess get you down. As some may say "shit happens!"

Be well,
Peter Pointers

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