Anal sex has been an option in the sexual repertoire for centuries. You may have already included anal sex in your own sexual play or you may be looking to try it out in the future. Charting new territory can be exciting (especially if it can lead to sexual pleasure!) but it may bring a sense of nervousness.
Some of your trepidation may be because you might have heard that it hurts. Yes, anal sex can hurt but only if you jump right in and don’t prepare yourself for the experience. Would you go rock climbing without educating yourself about the activity and safety concerns, or equipping yourself with the proper gear? I hope not. If you just jump right in (or up in the case of rock-climbing) your chances of being nervous and getting hurt will undoubtedly increase. The same goes for anal sex, but if you take the time to educate yourself, take the necessary precautions, and prepare yourself for the experience, you can make sure it will be as pleasurable as you want it to be.