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Anal play refers to any sexual activity that involves the stimulation of the anus. Both females and males can participate in anal play, regardless of their sexual orientation. Anal play can be very pleasurable, mainly because this area is full of nerves. Women find anal stimulation pleasurable because it can indirectly stimulate the G-spot, while men may find it pleasurable because it directly stimulates the prostate, or P-spot.
Some forms of anal play include anal sex, anal fingering, anal fisting, and anal douching. Pegging is also a form of anal play.
Safety should be a genuine concern when engaging in any sort of anal play. The anus and rectum produce no natural lubrication and are comprised of very delicate tissues that can tear with too much force. This can not only result in an injury, but it also puts people at higher risk of transmitting and contracting sexually transmitted infections.
When engaging in anal play that involves penetration, always use a great deal of lubrication to prevent tearing. It's also a good idea to wear condoms to prevent the transmission of STIs and bacteria in general. Penetrating toys used during anal play, including dildos and butt plugs, should have a flared base to prevent them from getting lost in the rectum. Condoms can also be used to cover toys and keep them clean.