Anal intercourse is a highly efficient mode of HIV transmission. Nevertheless, there is evidence to suggest that anal intercourse is also widely practiced by women in the US 1 — 4. Given that anal intercourse is associated with higher rates of heterosexual HIV transmission than vaginal intercourse 10 — 13 , women who engage in unprotected anal intercourse with sexual partners of unknown or seropositive status may be at greater risk for acquiring HIV than women who do not practice anal intercourse or who use protection while doing so. Additionally, Halperin 1 found that women who engaged in anal intercourse were less likely to use condoms during anal intercourse than during vaginal intercourse. Most studies of heterosexual HIV transmission fail to distinguish between vaginal and anal intercourse in their assessments of coital acts, thus continuing to overlook anal intercourse as a potential source of HIV transmission. This oversight may be due to cultural taboos surrounding anal intercourse, including its association with homosexuality and its perceived lack of hygiene 1. A number of researchers have already pointed to the need for increased attention to anal intercourse as an understudied source of HIV transmission from seropositive men to their seronegative female partners 1 , 3 , 6 , A topic that has received even scarcer attention is the circumstances under which women engage in anal intercourse. Our qualitative study was part of a larger study on rectal microbicide acceptability among men who have sex with men MSM and women who practice anal intercourse.
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Why Anal Sex Feels Good for Women
Taboos, fears, or past bad experiences around anal touch has made them shy away from exploring it. And with good reason — anal sex done badly is really painful. So is anal sex pleasurable for women? To arrive at an enthusiastic YES, it helps to understand how anal sex for women works, what feels good and what to consider with anal pleasure and health. Anal touch of all different kinds spells pleasure for many women because there are so many nerve endings in the anus. Turns out, the clitoris is actually much larger than once thought and has legs branching off into the walls of the vagina. Anal stimulation therefore not only adds pleasurable intensity to the anus — it also brings stimulation to the clitoral legs. Gentle anal probing can be one way to more deeply arouse and engage the clitoris.
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Skip navigation! Story from Sex. In a way, anal sex is like cilantro: some people find it scrumptious in moderation, while others tried it once, absolutely hated it, and vowed to avoid it forever. Like cilantro haters-turned-lovers, there's a subset of people who swear you can acquire a taste for anal sex if you do it enough.
Both sexes have pleasure points within the anal region, which when stimulated can lead to mind-blowing orgasms. The female nerve system, which ultimately produces our pleasure and orgasms, actually links the nerve complex of the clitoris directly to the anal passage. For both sexes another pleasure point is the perineum. For women the perineum area is a specific erogenous zone known as the perineal sponge. Exploring safely is key emotionally as well as physically. To put yourself in what could be deemed as a rather vulnerable position requires great trust, enabling you to fully let go, loose inhibition and lead to mind-blowing orgasm.