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30 Jan 2003

Oral stimulation of anal ring
I would be interested to know from women on this forum if they enjoy oral-anal stimulation of the anal ring. By that I mean what is called "rimming". I am fortunate enough to have a wife whom enjoyed this the other night. I had not tried this before and quite honestly, I do not know who enjoyed more, her or me. Needless to say she had just had a shower and was nice and clean so there was less chance for any infections being passed on to me this way and vice-versa. However, there obviously is still a chance of catching an infection especially if one inserts the tongue a little way into the anus. She seemed to really enjoy the stimulation so it would be interesting to know if any women out there could attest to enjoying the practice. It goes without saying that anal stimulation with a finger is as much fun if done with care and only if both partners consent to it.
So please ladies let me know how you feel about this.
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01 Jan 0001

Analingus (also known as "rimming" or anal oral sex) kissing, sucking, licking, tonguing the anal opening with the lips and/or tongue, presents a risk for getting or spreading potentially harmful bacteria. Typically, if someone gets these germs, s/he may experience symptoms, including fever, cramping, and diarrhea, rather than easily diagnosed signs of infection. Viruses, including intestinal parasites and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as Herpes, Gonorrhea, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and Hepatitis, which can infect the anus, also present a risk. It's also possible to be exposed to blood if there are cuts or tears in the anus, or any traces of bloody faeces. While a good washing can help "freshen" the anal opening before analingus, it will not necessarily "rid" the area of germs. Therefore, as you mentioned, when rimming, a latex barrier, with a dab of lube on the side covering the anus, can protect both partners. Some safer sex options include:

* a dental dam
* non-microwaveable plastic wrap
* a dry condom minus the tip and the elastic ring, and cut along the length
* a powder-free latex glove, with the fingers trimmed off, but not the thumb, and cut along the side opposite the thumb, near where the pinky finger used to be (the space for the thumb can be used by the tongue for penetration and more protection)

While the recipient is at some risk (for example, if the partner has a cold sore, or if there are cuts around the anal opening or in the anus through which bacteria and viruses can enter, if the partner's saliva contains infected blood), the partner with the active tongue is more at risk if his or her partner is infected.

Since the rectum and anal canal are passageways for faeces, people who have regular bowel movements generally have trace amounts of faeces in the canal. Before rimming, some people wash the anus with a moist, soft cloth to be sure that the area is as clean as possible. It is important to use gentle products that will not irritate the anus and cause cuts and possible infection. Some people use a mild enema, which flushes and releases water into and then out of the anus to initiate a bowel movement or clean out any traces of feces and bacteria from the anal cavity. Giving an enema 2 to 3 hours before analingus allows the body some time to reabsorb the water before the activity takes place. For some, the enema is pleasurable and erotic; others find it uncomfortable. However, enemas need to be infrequent because they can disrupt the rectum, bowels, and gastrointestinal tract, and the body's own elimination rhythm.

Some people suggest that the "rimmer" use mouthwash afterwards as a way to potentially kill and prevent the spreading of unhealthy bacteria. While research seems to be unavailable to prove this method effective, at least it will freshen the breath.

For additional info about anal health and sex play, look for the books Anal Pleasure And Health by Jack Morin, Ph.D. and The Ultimate Guide To Anal Sex For Women by Tristan Taormino.

Dr Elna Mcintosh

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
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