Anal play

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Anal play
Health risk Mild
Legal risk

Anal play is the general practice of using body parts or sex toys to stimulate nerves in and near the anus and prostate. Anal play can be practiced alone or with partners and can incorporate the use of objects (see Insertables) like dildos, vibrators, appendages, electrical devices. It includes more specific practices such as anal sex, fisting, anal e-stim, fingering, rimming, and pegging.




The anus and prostate have a high density of nerves that can be stimulated by touch or electrical means to produce pleasurable sensations in the receiving person. Practitioners receiving penetration during anal play may also be interested in psychological aspects related to cultural or social taboos, domination and submission, or as a way to provide pleasure for their partner.


Anal sex

Fingering and fisting

Electric stimulation



Vibrators, dildos, and plugs


Sexually transmitted infections

Abrasion, cuts, tears, punctures

There are numerous incidents where people have injured themselves while doing solo anal play, often as a result of rushing and pushing or forcing toys in. But injury can also occur when slipping or losing your footing when crouching down on a large toy.

For smaller tears and small injuries, douching with a small amount of cold water and holding it in or using an ice cube may help stop minor bleeding. You should probably refrain from further play until you are confident it has healed, and start back with caution and using smaller toys and building back up.

Larger anal injuries where there are larger amounts of blood may require medical treatment, if you are concerned about the amount of blood go to your local A&E department. If there is darker colour blood that looks like it has started to coagulate and then has been moved by fresh blood you should go and get checked out as this often suggests a more serious injury.

In serious cases operation may be required to stop the bleeding and repair the tear, in serious cases it can result in being fitted with a stoma while the affected area heals and then all being well with this removed at a later date.

The risk of cuts, tears and punctures increases with the use of alcohol or drugs, as your ability to manage risk reduces and you may not be as aware that you are nearing or have injured yourself. Lighting in darkrooms and sex clubs (or coloured lights in home playrooms) can also make it difficult to see blood so proceed with caution.

Due to the risk of tears and injury you should also not use numbing agents and numbing lubes when doing anal play (they often contain lidocaine as the numbing agent). It increases the risk of you or your partner injuring your ass and missing the warning signs.

When fisting, ensure that your nails are trimmed and filed. You can rub your nails along your bottom lip to test how smooth they are, if they feel rough or any sharp points then file more. It is important to wear gloves to reduce the risk of STI transmission (such as Hep C) but they also provide a little additional protection from tears.

In short, it is better to use plenty of lube, play slowly and focus on relaxing and breathing rather than pushing and forcing toys in. If you feel burning, and discomfort ease off - listen to what your body is telling you.

Entrapped items

Risk mitigation

Condoms may help to prevent the transmission of certain infections during anal sex, and also may protect users from cross contamination from objects when used as a removable and replaceable protective barrier.

Body safe lubricants designed for sexual play may reduce the risk of abrasion, tears, and entrapping items. Not sharing lube, especially when fisting will help reduce transmission risk of STIs (especially such as Hepatitis C which can survive outside the body)

Anything objects into the anus or colon may have physical features prevent them from being lost or lodged entirely inside of the body, such as having long handles that always protrude, or wide bases that prevent full insertion.

When fingering or fisting rubber gloves may help to reduce friction if well lubricated, and help to prevent abrasion, cutting, or tearing from sharp fingernails. Gloves also reduce the risk of transmitting infection when replaced regularly by preventing cross contamination.

Known incidents

Medical case reports

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