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Feeling Pressured to Try Anal Sex?

December 9, 20139 min
At the top of many males' sexual "to-do" lists is partaking in anal sex with their partner; but some women are reluctant to try it. Should you just say no?Heterosexual anal sex has been around for decades, but has recently been rising as a popular sexual experience between heterosexual couples. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, anal sex in heterosexual couples under the age of 45 has become increasingly more popular over the past few years.Men have more tendencies to list anal sex on their sexual "to-do" lists than women... but more women have become open-minded than previously thought. In a recent survey, 45 percent of young women said they are more likely to try anal sex with their partners.If you are feeling pressured to have anal sex, it's important to speak to your partner about your concerns.Some women are still hesitant because of the various health risks associated with anal sex. For example, the anus doesn't have natural lubrication and penetration can tear tissue inside the anus, allowing bacteria to enter into the bloodstream.Sexologist, Dr. Leanna Wolfe, PhD, discusses the possible pleasures and pains of trying anal sex, as well as what to do if you're feeling pressured by your partner.

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