What Does Anal Sex Really Feel Like?

If you're curious about anal sex and have never done it before, you probably have two burning questions: Will it feel like I'm pooping? And, is it going to hurt? The answer to both questions is probably yes, but it's totally valid to wonder what exactly you're in for.

Anal penetration is going to feel different for everyone, but we've found our favorite descriptions of anal sex from Reddit and the R29 community to paint a picture of what you can expect. Some people say that bottoming can be a pleasurable, out-of-body experience, and that it gets better every time. For others it's an indescribable sensation that they wouldn't necessarily try again.

If you're going to try it for the first time, make sure you and your partner have discussed your comfort levels — and get properly warmed up. Then, keep the conversation flowing; talk about what worked and what didn't work, and adjust accordingly.

From a "rollercoaster" to "tingling" (okay, and pooping), here are some unfiltered accounts of what anal sex feels like.

Like your rectum is defying gravity.

"There is the feeling of taking a bowel movement, but only when the reverse thrust is happening. The thrust part just feels intense. There's this point where the tip goes in, which is obviously the deepest part of penetration, that kind of hurts, until it gets warmed up and then feels good. It feels like your rectum is defying gravity."

- Mischa

It doesn't hurt, it's just in there.

"It'll hurt when it's going in, but once it's in it's really not that bad. It doesn't hurt, it's just in there. But while it's going in, it's not terribly fun and it feels like you're pooping. That's why you use a gallon of lube so it slides right in!"

- Annie

A filled-up, expanding feeling.

"Like a filled-up, expanding feeling. You get a building-up sensation. It makes your regular orgasm feel more tingly."

- Reddit user mariobear

Spreading, tingling sensation.

"A spreading, tingling sensation...basically a full-body orgasm in the making."

- Reddit user vanisaac

It's a satisfying feeling.

"It makes you feel 'full,' I guess. It's an intriguing feeling. The first time I did it, it hurt a little. The key is to relax and ensure your partner doesn't just ram it in. It's a satisfying feeling, I would say. Perhaps not an 'OMG this is amazing' feeling, but that's not why I bottom. I am the sort of person who prefers to pleasure, not be pleasured. I find that my pleasure is directly linked to whether or not my partner was pleased."

- Reddit user Dirigent

A really deep-tissue massage.

"When it feels good, it is like having a really deep-tissue massage by a strong, warm rod that rubs all of the rights places inside and around your ass. It steadily builds through your lower body."

- Reddit user apollo151

I can feel every inch.

"It feels different but very pleasurable for me. It's tight and I can feel every inch. The taboo factor helps, as well."

- Anonymous Reddit user

the downhill section of a roller coaster.

"Kind of like a loss of gravity for me, like the downhill section of a roller coaster. Besides, hitting just the right spot when done correctly, it hits that 'butterflies in the stomach' type feeling. Not to say it's always that good. Sometimes it feels like you just ate too much Chipotle and it needs to come out immediately."

- Erika