What Exactly Is Rimming — And Is It Really Safe?

Lots of people are eating the booty. Here's how to do it safely.


Dr Chauntelle Tibbals |

Yes, real people are rimming! We got the low-down on this backdoor sex move, why people dig it and how safe it is to try.

What Is It? And Do People Dig It?

You probably know by now that an ass-licking rim job is definitely something that some people enjoy. But it’s unclear how many people actually do it on the regular, says sex therapist Dr Jordan Rullo.

However, we do know that roughly 36 percent of women and 44 percent of men have had anal sex with an opposite sex partner, according to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. “I would guess that these would be the individuals who would be more likely to try oral-anal contact,” Rullo says.

What Are The Risks?

But beware: it may not be entirely safe. “Rimming is one way to contract hepatitis and other intestinal parasites, like E. coli,” she says. Luckily, since partners in long-term relationships share much of the same anal flora (fun fact, right?), rimming is much less risky with your partner than with a new partner, says Rullo.

If you do find yourself wanting to motorbutt a stranger, use some protection. “I’d suggest using a dental dam or cutting a condom lengthwise and placing it over your anus,” she says. Not a fan of physical barriers during booty play? Getting vaccinated for hepatitis and making sure the anus is washed twice with soap before the rimming begins can help minimise damage, says Rullo.

But what about those accidental instances, like when you go a little lower than usual during a more conventional sexual encounter? “If this happens to you, as the giver or receiver, take the time to talk to your partner about rimming as an addition – or, if you didn’t enjoy it, an exclusion – to your sexual repertoire,” she says.

How To Play It Safe…

If you’re using rimming as foreplay for anal and/or vaginal sex, Rullo has more advice to avoid cross-contamination and infection. “Never go from the anus to the vagina without a wash break and application of a new condom,” she says.

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Didn’t use a condom? Unfortunately, washing the penis after anal won’t remove the bacteria inside his urethra. “You need to wash your penis and urinate,” says Rullo.

Likewise, Rullo explains that, when switching from anal to vaginal penetration with fingers, you should make sure the wash break includes thoroughly cleaning your fingernails.

It’s a lot to worry about, but the pay-off could be worth it for that epic anal O.

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com

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