Our expert says:
By practising basic good hygiene exploring anal play is completely safe and there are no additional precautions.
The use of lube and taking things really slow to start when beginning anal penetrative play is recommended. The sphincter muscle at the anal opening is not a voluntary muscle so needs to be stimulated slowly to relax.
Do not force anything into the anus as this could cause tearing or rectal injury. The anal muscle when properly stimulated and as it relaxes in reaction to stimulation can be quite accomodating.
If any deeper penetrative play is going to be explored be that anal penetration using the penis or sex toys, douching may be considered.
If you are going to use condoms, which is recommended, remember to use water based lube.
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