How many women have had anal sex? Is it possible for a woman to enjoy it and even orgasm from it? Or do women just have anal sex because they feel pressure from their partners?
Although anal sex is an activity people most commonly associate with gay men, there are people of all genders and sexual identities who practice and enjoy it.
So just how many women have tried anal sex? Data from nationally representative U. These numbers have increased significantly over the past few decades. For example, if you look at national survey data from the s, you will see that about one-fifth of women reported having ever had anal sex, and fewer than one-tenth reported having done it in the past year .
For example, consider this conclusion from a study of women's sexual attitudes: There are a lot of things wrong with that sentence! This is not OK. However, I think this sentence exemplifies a popular view of receptive anal sex: By contrast, research suggests that many women actually do enjoy anal sex and derive sexual pleasure from the sensations that go along with it .
For example, consider the following quotes given by women in a study of their anal sex practices: If I have anal sex, I have orgasms. So it's just like I'm having the regular missionary sex. It's just like that. My body likes it. It feels like you're in another world somewhere. It feels like you're getting massaged.
And it feels good. Now, this does not necessarily mean that anal sex itself causes more orgasms, because the women who reported having anal sex in this study also reported engaging in several other sexual activities during that event. So maybe this says more about the effect of having a varied sex life than about anal sex per se. Of course, it is important to stress that not all women enjoy anal sex. Indeed, some women report that the experience is painful and uncomfortable .
Thus, it is not universally pleasurable. However, part of the reason for this may have something to do with the fact that many women who have tried anal sex say that the experience was not planned and many of them reported using no lubrication at all . Unlike the vagina, the anus is not self-lubricating--as a result, attempting anal sex without the assistance of any artificial lubricants is likely to produce discomfort and can potentially result in rectal tears.
As for your last question i. While there are some women who report having been coerced into having anal sex by their partner, there are other women who enjoy anal sex so much that they request and initiate it themselves . Want to learn more about The Psychology of Human Sexuality? Click here for a complete list of articles or like the Facebook page to get articles delivered to your newsfeed.
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