me and my girlfriend are going to going to try having anal sex for the first time .. and she is not very convinced about how safe is anal sex ? can pregnancy be achieved by anal sex ? what are the consequences of anal sex?

It’s not possible to become pregnant from anal sex (inserting the penis into the anus). But remember that pregnancy can occur when ejaculate or pre-ejaculate gets in the vagina or on the vulva.

Like unprotected vaginal intercourse, unprotected anal intercourse is high-risk for many sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea, HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and hepatitis. Use condoms during anal sex to decrease the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

Some men and women enjoy anal sex, and others do not. Anal sex can hurt if partners do not take certain steps. The anus does not produce enough lubrication for comfortable anal sex, so it’s important to use an artificial water-based lubricant — like K-Y jelly or Astroglide — for anal sex. (Using an oil-based lubricant, like Vaseline, can damage latex condoms.)

It’s also important to stop if anything hurts and communicate with your partner about how you feel — sex that’s painful or uncomfortable should not continue.

Many people do not enjoy anal intercourse. They should not be embarrassed and should not force themselves to accept it. Many other people however, do enjoy anal sex and, for them, it’s perfectly normal.

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