An Anal Sex Expert Answers 19 Questions You've Been Dying To Ask

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Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, author of Pleasure: A Women's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need, and Deserve, loves sex toys, believes the world is much too porno-phobic, and thinks more women should give anal sex a try.

In other words, she's the gynecologist every guy wants his girlfriend to meet.

Among the many sexually taboo topics, anal sex is probably one of the most well known.

All guys seem to want it, while all girls seem to hate it.

But Dr. Hutcherson believes that more women might actually find out that they like it if they give it a try. Women who don't enjoy anal sex, she says, are probably doing it wrong.

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There’s a lot about anal sex most people either don’t know or don’t understand. It’s one of those sex acts that’s best to have a little bit of knowledge about before trying to attempt it, especially if one or both of you have never tried it before.

What kind of questions should you be asking, and what should you make yourself aware of before trying it?

These worries plague plenty of first-timers, so don’t be concerned if you feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of it. While it’s true that anal sex, like any other kind of sex, isn’t for everyone, it would be a shame to simply mess up your first time and then hate it, never realizing what you’re missing out on.

Intrigued, I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Hutcherson. I wanted to make sure that I would get all the goods and secrets about joining the “Backdoor Betty” club.

If you’re curious, like I was, it’s time to put those concerns to rest and get some information that will help make your anal sex experience as fun and positive as it possible.

Here are important answers to 19 of the most "pressing" questions you might have about how to have anal sex, straight from a doctor.

1. I'm pretty sure the butt wasn't made to be penetrated. Is anal sex bad for you?

"You're not going to hurt yourself if you follow the rules."

2. There are official anal sex rules?

"You've got to want it. You've got to use lots of lubrication. And you've got to take it slowly."

3. How much, exactly, is a lot of lube?

"You need a lot. You've got to rub it all over the penis. Then, using your fingers, put the lubricant around the anal opening and up inside."

4. One of my friends said Astroglide isn't good for anal.

"Glycerin-based lubes don't last long enough. A silicone-based lubricant is going to be a lot better for anal sex. If you use one of the others, you have to stop, put more on, re-enter ... it's just a mess."

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5. Anal sex is probably a messy endeavor anyway, right?

"No, no! I wouldn't say so, but everybody thinks you're going to have feces all over the place."

6. Really? Because I've heard stories ...

"Well, if she were constipated, yes. Otherwise, no, not if she has normal bowel functions. The anus does not usually have feces until it's ready to evacuate."

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7. Can all women orgasm from anal sex?

"Every woman has the ability to orgasm, physiologically, because the space between her vagina and rectum is so thin that, in the doggie position, the penis is going to press up against her G-spot. Some women find it's the easiest way to stimulate their G-spot."

8. So is that the position you'd recommend for women during anal?

"For those just starting out, I think getting on all fours might be a little too intense because she doesn't have as much control. Lying on your side in the spooning position won't allow penetration that's as deep. It's also a more relaxing position. When you become more comfortable, the doggie is the easiest way for a woman to orgasm."

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9. Is it possible to hurt her if the penis is thrust too far in?

"The penis is only so long! Contrary to what men believe, the average penis is five inches or less when erect. But if you're talking about an extra-long toy, then, yes, it's possible."

10. I think I just heard the male ego shatter. I found it interesting to learn that you can lose things in the butt. Does it happen often?

"Not often, but it does happen. If people don't use something with a wide base, it can slip in."

11. In your book, you use the phrase, "being sucked in." It's not like a black hole, right? That sounds scary!

"No! No! I mean, if something gets sucked in, you have to go to an emergency room most of the time to have it removed."

12. Have you heard any anal sex horror stories?

"Oh, all kinds of things: Light bulbs, various food items ..."

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13. A light bulb?

"Yeah. We couldn't figure out how it got in there, but all kinds of things ... I guess whatever's handy at the time."

14. Maybe they were trying to act out a "how many light bulbs" joke. You said it's important for a girl to relax her sphincter muscles. How?

"I use Kegels."

15. How does that work?

"She should squeeze the muscles when she breathes in and relax them when she breathes out. He should slowly push the penis in as she relaxes. You're working together."

16. So what you're saying is anal sex takes teamwork.

"He shouldn't just push his way in. Men have to realize that if they make it painful, they're never getting in there again."

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17. How does a guy get a girl to let him in the backdoor when "open sesame" doesn't work?

"Well, the thing I can say to her as a doctor is, it's not unsafe. She's not going to be wearing a diaper, she's not going to have fecal incontinence, she's not going to be soiling herself or passing gas all day. From her boyfriend, she wants to know that he's not going to just get in there and go crazy. Men do sometimes — they lose their minds."

18. I'm guessing you're not talking certifiable.

"Guys have these fantasies, and once they're in the midst of fulfilling them, they can lose control. A woman wants to know that he's going to work with her, and that if she has pain, he's going to stop."

19. You recommend easing your way in over a period of six days. Is there a Cliff Notes version?

"You don't start out with the penis. Work your way up, stimulating the outside with a finger or tongue and then slowly use your finger to enter the anus. And then once she get used to that, you can go on to bigger and better things."

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Jill Provost is a freelance writer, editor, and online editorial consultant who has written extensively on health and wellness for publications such as Glamour, Women's Health, Time Out, and more.

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