How to have anal sex: Steps for gay men

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If having anal sex was as easy as it appears in gay porn, I’d probably do it every day. However, there is more to it and gay men (women too) need to understand how to have anal sex.

It wasn’t until my mid-20s that I got truly comfortable with anal. When I was younger (I’m still in my very very late 20s, or very early 30s before you ask), I had some really painful experiences as a bottom, and some scarily messy experiences as a top.

During gay sex, whether you’re top, bottom, versatile or have no idea (we’ll cover this another time), planning, practice, preparation and communication are all vital when taking it up the rear. I wish I knew what I know now, when I was younger. But now I know plenty. We’ve got this sorted. Here’s how to have anal sex.

Before anal sex, get to know your ass

It’s your body, it’s your butt, it’s your prostate – that’s the gland full of nerve endings that makes anal sex feel good.

Start small. Finger yourself in the shower, find out what feels good for you and get used to the sensation of having something in your ass. If you’re nervous about getting f**ked, buy a dildo – then you’re in control. Simples.

Don’t be a douche, douche

This is stating the obvious, but anal sex can be messy. Although some guys don’t mind this, it can be a complete boner-killer and passion-destroyer.

When I was in my teens, I had a few messy experiences that knocked my confidence. Once was on a beach in the dark with nothing to wipe ourselves with other than sand – OK, too much info.

Douche is French for “shower” – so now you know (Mike Schmid)

But then I discovered douching. Basically, giving yourself an enema, with water from the shower hose (being very careful the water temperature and water pressure is constant), or from a ‘bulb douche’ which you fill with water then squirt up your arse.

If you’re planning on a long anal session, you could take an Immodium which should further minimise risk.

Even with all this planning, there’s always the risk of a bit of mess. Shit happens. Literally. Try getting darker sheets, and always keep baby wipes to hand to wipe off any unwanted mess.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really f**king matter – we’re all animals, so just laugh it off. After it’s happened a few times you’ll see that it really isn’t such a big deal.

Talk about anal sex

Anal sex is a team sport, of at least two. So talk to your partners about what you’re expecting or hoping for. At the very least that should probably be whether you prefer to be top or bottom, and what your opinion is when it comes to safe-sex.

How to have anal sex: Steps for gay men
Talk talk talk

If you wait until you’re in bed together, naked and thrusting, one of you is more than likely to get a surprise. Two tops don’t make a right. Sure, lots of guys are versatile, but if you’ve already had ‘the chat’ you’ll know what to expect when it comes down to it. It’s a bit of a cringe-worthy line, but ‘what are you into?’ usually works.

Listen to each other

Keep communicating. If you’re topping, don’t just ram it in. Give your partner time to relax. If he says stop, stop. If he says keep going, go for it.

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