The rectum is designed to keep poop higher up in the colon until you’re ready for a bowel movement. But during anal sex, the anal sphincter can tense up and fecal matter may make its way down into the dick or dildo.
But there are steps you can take to avoid this.
Empty Your Bowels Before You Get Busy
One of the biggest things to remember is that fecal matter, like any other waste from the colon, can carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These can cause infections like E coli, salmonella, Giardia, or Cryptosporidium.
Pitagora points out that it is important to empty your bowels before having anal sex. The less waste in your colon, the more likely it is that poop won’t make its way into your anus or rectum. This can be accomplished by drinking lots of water and eating a well-rounded diet that includes fiber.
The anal sphincter is designed to hold poop inside your rectum until you are ready to have a bowel movement. During anal sex, this muscle relaxes in order to allow penetration. However, it can also tense up during orgasm. Pitagora says that people who douche their anus before anal sex are trying to avoid this issue, but it may not be necessary as your body is pretty good at keeping poop inside until you are ready for it to exit. However, if you find that you do need to douche before anal, be sure to use a body-safe product.
Eat a Well-Rounded Diet
While poop can certainly make a cameo during anal sex, it’s a lot less common than fear mongering would have you believe. That’s largely because feces isn’t stored where your penis or dildo enters during anal play: It lives up in your colon, which connects to your rectum and anus.
That’s why it’s important to empty your bowels regularly, eat plenty of fiber, and drink lots of water to keep your digestive system in tip-top shape. And if you want to further prevent your body from holding onto poop before it’s ready for a big exit, try consuming more probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso.
Douching is also a good idea, but you should always douche with a plain saline solution and not a medicated laxative. Just remember that frequent douching can irritate your anus and rectum, so it’s best to only douche a few times a week. Using a lubed finger or putting lube on the nozzle of your anal douching kit can make the process go smoothly, too. Just be sure to wash any sex toys or hands that come in contact with fecal matter afterwards.
Avoid Rich and Spicy Foods
Poop-related accidents during anal sex do happen, but they’re less common than people fear. The main reason poop is more likely to make a cameo during anal sex is because your internal sphincter (aka the anal hole) is filled with feces, which can easily be transferred to your partner’s penis or fingers during anal play.
That’s why it’s important to empty your bowels before anal sex. You should also avoid consuming anal-friendly foods before you get intimate, as they can add to the amount of fecal material in your rectum.
Having a diet rich in probiotics can help too, as it will support your gut microbiome and lead to fewer anal accidents. Eating fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso can also promote bowel regularity, which will reduce the chances of fecal matter making its way to your anus.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the rectum doesn’t actually store feces; it’s more of a hallway that poop travels through on its way out your anus. While some porn actors use douches or anal douching to “clean” their rectum before anal, these methods are not recommended as they can cause cuts and can result in electrolyte imbalances over time.
The anal canal and the internal sphincter muscles in your butthole are responsible for keeping fecal material inside until you’re ready to take a poop. During anal sex, the penis (or dildo) is inserted past the anal sphincter into your rectum. Depending on your diet, it’s possible that fecal matter will make an unwelcome appearance during penetration, but there are things you can do to avoid pooping during anal.
One of the most important things to do is eat regularly. Regular exercise also helps keep your body hydrated, which can reduce the likelihood of a bowel movement during anal.
To strengthen the anal sphincter, try doing Kegel exercises. To do a Kegel, sit down with your legs slightly apart and tighten the muscles in the back of your pelvis as if you were trying to stop passing gas or stool through your butthole. Hold this contraction for at least five seconds and then relax the muscles. Repeat this as many times as you can. The more you work out these muscles, the stronger they will become.
Give Yourself an Enema
While poop-related accidents during anal aren’t common, they do happen. And if you’re thinking about giving anal sex a try, it’s probably best to take precautions to avoid pooping during it.
For starters, make sure you don’t eat anything that’ll cause a bowel movement before anal play. Next, empty your bowels by using the restroom, and consider anal douching to rinse away any remaining residue.
Douching is fine, but do it gently — if you do it too often or with too much water pressure, it can irritate and damage your anal canal’s epithelium, which can lead to infection. So use an enema kit with lukewarm water and body-safe solution, and only douche once or twice per week.
You can also give yourself an enema by inserting the nozzle of the device in your anus and slowly squeezeing liquid into the colon, according to a 2014 article in Sexual Health. But it’s important to note that enemas can cause cuts or perforations if not inserted carefully, and regular use of an enema tube can lead to infections and electrolyte imbalances.