5 Things You Should Know About Safe & Pleasurable Anal Sex

The subject of anal sex has historically been pretty hush-hush, but a full 46% of women report they've tried it at least once.

One of my favorite references, The Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides, PsyD, discusses anal sex at length in a chapter aptly titled “Anal Sex — Up Your Bum.” This section reminds us that although “some couples would rather drink goat sweat than try anal sex," "two to five million straight American couples are said to practice anal intercourse with regularity, [while] only about 50% of gay males bury the weenie in the wazoo." Whatever motivates you to try anal sex, there are some rules to heed for the safety and pleasure of everyone involved.