7 Things To Know About Anilingus

Eating ass. Bottom sucking. Ass motorboating. Rim job. Anilingus. Tossing the salad. Birdcage cleaner. Munching the moon. (Okay, I may or may not have made that last one up.) Whatever name you call it, anilingus is something that doesn’t get talked about much. When it comes to sexy times, everyone seems to have a curious interest in butt stuff. That obviously includes anal sex, all of the misconceptions surrounding it, anal fingering, and any sort of b-hole stuff involving dildos. Yet, what we rarely hear about is eating ass, or to get technical, anilingus.

A certain Girls episode where Desi, umm, indulged in a bit of butt munching with Marnie is one of the rare times that we’ve actually had anilingus featured in a show. Porn aside, when had you seen, yet alone heard, anyone talking about it before that? You’d be lucky to hear the occasional joke about tossing a salad, or hear people wondering if licking a butthole is actually safe.

In comparison to blowjobs, anilingus is still a bit of a mystery. If you were to ask an experienced friend, they could probably give you a 1,000 different tips on how to lick a peen like a lollipop. However, if you were to ask them about oral-to-anal sex, you’d probably just hear crickets in response. If you’re curious (and I know you are!), here are seven things to know about anilingus:


Not The Cleanest

Yeah, so even if you don't know anything about anilingus besides a few nicknames, you've probably deduced that it isn't exactly the cleanest activity to be putting your mouth where number two frequently comes out. E.coli and intestinal parasites are just some of the risks of oral-to-anal sex, according to Planned Parenthood. Nothing says hot and heavy like poo germs.

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Safer In Time

Anilingus is an interesting one because it actually becomes safer if you are in a monogamous relationship for a longer period of time. Dr. Jordan Rullo told Men's Health that partners in exclusive, long-term relationships share much of the same anal flora so ass eating becomes less risky. Try to bring up that romantic tidbit the next time your anniversary rolls around.

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STDs Happen

If you think that poop germs are the only risk that you're opening yourself up to when you engage in some salad tossing, you're wrong. If you don't use protection, you are at risk for the usual STDs associated with other sexy time activities including herpes, gonorrhea, and other STIs, according to the American Sexual Health Association. The takeaway is to make sure you're using proper protection.

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Protect Yo'self

If you're going to be giving or receiving anilingus, protection is key. Poo germs are not laughing matters. They can lead to a number of bacterial infections. Plus, unprotected rim jobs can also lead to the transfer of STIs. The American Sexual Health Association recommends using a dental dam. Alternatively, you can cut open a condom and use it as a barrier between the mouth and the anus.

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A Good Scrub Ain't So Good

Logic tells you that if poop bacteria is a hazard during butt motorboating, you should remove any, erm, poo particles before play with a very thorough scrub of your backside, right? Planned Parenthood pointed out that getting too aggressive with your cleaning can actually make you more at risk for STIs if you scratch or irritate your pooper. Wash up, but be gentle. Use a mild soap and washcloth to prevent irritation. This is not a time for a pumice stone.

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No Double Dipping

Sorry for that visual, but if you're engaging in some salad tossing you need to be mindful of cross-contamination. If you're using sex toys or fingers, make sure that you're not spreading bacteria around. Wearing gloves can help prevent this, but ensure that gloved hand isn't going in someone's mouth or vag after it's been in the b-hole. Ditto with any sex toys. At the end, make sure that everything is thoroughly disinfected, toys and bodies included.

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Good Feelz

You might be wondering what's the whole point about rimming given that it doesn't exactly seem like the cleanest thing to do. Well, Cosmopolitan points out that your bum has lots of sensitive nerve ends which make a lot of butt-related activities very pleasurable. If you've had some good anal, you'll know what they're talking about.

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  • duboce

    I think its disgusting. we had cholera epidemics due to fecal disposal problems and here we go right to the source of the poop. People will do anything they can get away with and give a justification. When I look at toilet paper after I wiped, I just am horrified at the thought that it could be a tongue doing the licking and wiping. I’ll keep mine in my mouth though (that is my tongue !)