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Bleeding From Anal Sex

Published: June 11, 2001
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My boyfriend and I have tried anal sex before, and now every time I use the restroom, there is a lot of bleeding coming from my butt. What is wrong with me?
Signed: Bleeding From Anal Sex

Dear Bleeding From Anal Sex,

The anus (commonly referred to as butt hole) is a highly sensitive area, with many nerve endings. The anus is not as elastic as the vagina, and the muscle around the anus responds to initial penetration by contracting. It is important to go slowly and wait until your partner is relaxed. You should also use lubrication such as saliva, vaginal secretions or a water based lube (water based lubricants will not deteriorate a latex condom). If your partner tries to penetrate you before you are ready, you risk tearing the anal tissue. There is a possibility that this may have happened to you, but you will not know for sure until you see a doctor. If the thought of explaining your situation may seem embarrassing, relax, your doctor is going to view it as a medical issue and not pass judgment on your sex life. In any case, you need to seek medical attention since you may run the risk of getting an infection or you may have an intestinal infection that may be causing the bleeding.

If you and your partner are going to engage in anal sex, you should be aware that anal bacteria could cause serious vaginal infections and bladder infections (cystitis). It is imperative that your partner wears a condom and replaces the condom and/or washes his fingers thoroughly before he enters your vagina after anal intercourse. Also, be careful using your tongue since you run the risk of a intestinal infection or a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Anal sex is considered a high-risk behavior for HIV and other STD transmission.

The delicate tissue in the rectum is prone to small tears that make entryway for the AIDS virus. Latex barriers (condoms, gloves) and lots of water-based lube, to ensure the condom does not break, are essential.

Please get yourself checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. A teen health clinic can see teens for sexual health reasons confidentially, without your parent's permission and on a low/no cost basis. If you live in the Northern New Jersey area you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center For Health at 973.889.6350 for an appointment. If you live outside Northern New Jersey, please call your local Planned Parenthood.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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