Q&A: Anal Sex & Hemorrhoids

“I know this is not a tasteful category, but can you write an article about anal sex and hemorrhoids?  Can you still have anal sex with the different types of hemorrhoids? What precautions should you take? I need some experienced help!”

We seem to discuss everything else on this site, so why not hemorrhoids?  🙂  Unfortunately, I suffer from them too, so I can write from personal experience here.

I never had hemorrhoids until I gave birth.  Pushing out that 9lb+ baby just really did me in down there.  I had to learn fast about alleviating the pain and burning associated with external hemorrhoids. I still have issues with them from time to time, and having them has indeed affected my desire for anal sex.

Most of the time hemorrhoids come and go.  If you are having a bad bout with them, then you need to abstain from having anal sex until they are all healed up.  Try to get more fiber and whole grains in your diet so that your digestive tract can become more regular.  When your bowel movements are soft and easy then you will have less chance of your hemorrhoids acting up.  Having to strain because of hard stools will inflame your ‘roids and make them swell, burn, and itch.  Then you will have to start all over again with the creams and medicated pads and cooling gels and cool baths to try and get them to go back down.

If you have your hemorrhoids under control and they aren’t swollen or bleeding or bothering you at all, then yes, you may be able to have anal sex without any pain (using plenty of lube).  If you try and it does hurt then I strongly advise you to STOP, because you could cause further irritation and swelling. I was able to have totally pain-free anal sex a few times after I got hemorrhoids, but again, I had to wait until they were not inflamed.  In the last couple of years though, we have given up anal sex mainly due to my hemorrhoids.  I just never know when they are going to be bothersome to me, so we have just migrated away from anal sex altogether.

If your hemorrhoids are extremely bothersome then you should totally abstain from any type of anal play and see your physician for treatment. I hope you are able to get yours under control.

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