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Analingus 101: How safe is eating ass? Dr Cuterus tells us all about it

Published on:8 July 2021, 15:36pm IST
Rimming, analingus, or eating ass might be fun for some, but it also brings with it a host of risks. But you can avoid them all, says Dr Cuterus. Read on to know how.
Geetika Sachdev
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You can avoid STIs and other infections using a dental dam. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Getting steamy in the bedroom is something most of us look forward to! Of course, being experimental is a great idea, but only when it is being done in a safe manner. This is especially when it comes to acts that involve orally pleasuring the anus. Yes, you got it right. It’s time to touch upon the subject of eating ass aka rimming that involves sucking or licking the anus, and the surrounding areas. 

Dr Tanaya Narendra (popularly known as dr_cuterus), who often educates her audience on sex and related information, has shared this on her Instagram page. There is cautionary advice that goes like, “While this is a sexual practice many people enjoy, or like to try, they do it in an unsafe manner. But how can you lick someone’s butt safely? Simple, we have our lovely friend — the dental dam.”

Just like everything else, it is important to exercise care, before you indulge in it. 

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Here’s how you safely indulge in analingus or rimming

“Just cover the bumhole with a dental dam, so the skin of the bum doesn’t come in direct contact with your tongue and lips,” she adds.

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But is there a particular reason? Dr Narendra explains that it is important to understand the risks that come with anal-oral sex. Not only is there a risk of STIs, but there is a big risk of gut-related infections like E.coli and Hepatitis A. There is a risk of infection from the many parasites, viruses and bacteria that live in the intestines and bum. The bacteria that’s present in the anus can also cause vaginal infections. Plus, you’d definitely not want to spread bacteria to the vagina via your tongue, fingers, sex toy or penis.

And of course, many STIs like herpes, syphilis and HPV can spread through analingus (oral butt sex). 

Can HIV also be spread through this? “Anal-oral sex is not considered a high-risk activity for getting HIV. Still, it’s best to use dental dams,” she explains.

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.