74 Physicians Online


Advantage and disadvantages of anal sex

Dear Ask The Doctor:
Dear Doc I've had anal sex for several times but mostly without any condoms(for first time sex and no vaginal sex yet) and for now I may have once a week...I heard about the cancer that I might get later or other kinds of diseases but I want to know about the disadvantages and diseases more detailed and whether I can still keep on having it or should I stop doing it anyway?And if I can have anal sex what are the Do's and Don't's? Thank you


Personally, I think anal sex is too risky. The only advantage is not getting pregnant. The disadvantages are: rectal tears (which can be painful and makes it easier for infections to reach the bloodstream; this also facilitates transmission of STDs like HIV, HPV, Herpes, gonorrhoea, etc), allergic proctitis (inflamed rectum as a result of lubricants), some will have severe anal pain after sex, etc. Bear in mind that the anus is the passageway of stools; stools have billions of coliform bacteria and most, if not all of these kinds of bacteria, can potentially invade the bloodstream and cause serious, life-threatening infections (e.g. E. coli). To make myself clear, personally, I would never suggest or condone anal sex. There are too many disadvantages. If you really want to do it again and you think it is worth it (and I am saying this half-heartedly), apply lubricants before doing it and always use condoms.  Make sure the lubricant label says “condom compatible” because some lubricants can tear condoms. I do hope I have answered your question and take care always.

Have a Question? Ask The Doctor Here.

Sign In to join in the conversation.

Related Answers:

Hi I have a rash on the tip of my penis which has been there for a few years, I now have a constant red face as if hi...

After one day mastebate,I feel pain in my scrotum.I can urinate normally, without any pain..but it occurs, when my pe...

So since i was a young boy i always dressed up like a girl in my room secretly and wished to be one and have continue...

Hello, I am an 18 year old female. I am having problems when I masturbate. I always got to the loo before I masturbat...

Um...I am around18 years old, why do my sperm look brown in colour?is there any way to treat it?

Hello sir .....mai 2 saal she hastmaithun kar rha hu ..iske sude effect kya hai

I am a 15 year old girl and have been having sex, I know it's not right but I have been anyway, however the last 3 ti...

I will have to perform a Colorectal surgery because of hemorroids. Would I be able to receive anal sex intercourse?

I am 14 and have had oral sex with 3 boys, i am not proud of it at all the last time was about a year ago but in the ...

I've recently had unprotected sex about 8 times in 1 day which was also the last day of my menstrual cycle which was ...

You’re in good hands, meet ATD’s founding physicians.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • Board Certified GP
  • CMO ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Adjunct Professor at U Of T

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Director ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Fellowship Training Atlanta, GA