Anal play can be fun and pleasurable for all anuses if there is communication, relaxation and proper hygiene practices. Many people are curious about trying anal sex but feel self-conscious about things getting messy. Let’s be real: you might see some poop. But what matters most are the hygiene practices you do to prepare for these moments and how you respond to them.
Here are three tips that’ll help keep your anal play fun and clean:
For the minimalist
Ensuring bowel movement about 30 to 60 minutes before play time and doing some basic external cleaning will help you have a fun session. We recommend showering before play time and rinsing your anus with warm water. If you’d also like to cleanse with soap, a gentle and unscented wash — like Healthy Hoohoo’s gentle pH Balanced Soap ($13.75) or Foam Cleanser ($14.75) — is best because it won’t strip the anus of its natural fluids.
Some people prefer an anal rinse before engaging in anal play. If a deeper cleanse feels like a better option for you, we suggest using a reusable anal douche bulb. Wednesday co.’s Squirt ($28) is easy to use and has a soft, squeezable bulb and slim nozzle made with medical-grade silicone and ABS plastic. Here are a few steps:
- Rinse out the bulb with wrist-temperature water.
- Attach your nozzle of choice. Tip: the bigger the nozzle, the quicker the rinse out is.
- Lubricate nozzle before insertion. This will help with discomfort or pain. Any water-based lubricant on our marketplace will work well.
- Experiment to find the best position for you. This will take practice, but you can try inserting the bulb by lying on your back, sitting on the toilet or standing.
Make sure that toys that are being inserted into the anus are cleaned or covered with a condom. If inserting with fingers, gloves are a great option to not only keep your fingers clean but also allow for smoother insertion. Don’t go from butt to genitals without cleaning up! If you plan to switch to genital play after anal sex, make sure to thoroughly wash fingers, hands and/or toys to avoid potential infections like UTIs or yeast infections.