“Promise not to laugh at me,” Lori from the United Kingdom writes. Don’t worry, Lori: I’ll never laugh at someone who seeks knowledge about anal intercourse. The reason she wrote that is that she she wants to try anal sex but is stuck in the information-gathering stage and her question, to some, may seem a bit embarrassing: this 19-year-old from Cardiff wants to know if she should poop after anal sex since her doctor recommended she do the “front-end” equivalent after vaginal sex:
Hey Doc. My boyfriend and I have been talking about trying anal sex. I actually found you when I saw your guide to getting stretched out, relaxed, and ready for “rear entry” posted on Reddit while looking for information about anal sex but you didn’t cover something I am very curious about.
My doctor tells me to pee after I have “regular” sex so I want to know if I should poop after anal sex? Promise not to laugh at me. I just need to know if it’s important. LMK ASAP. We want to try this next weekend.
So, do you HAVE to poop after anal sex?
I mean, if you gotta go, you gotta go — but there’s no medical reason. However, you should probably empty your bowels before anal sex just from a comfort perspective. As for after you’re done with the butt stuff?
Some people of course feel like they have to poop after anal sex. And they should.
But doctors recommend that you pee after sex because it helps flush bacteria before it reaches the bladder. Alan B. Copperman, M.D., director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and vice-chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says that there is no immediate need to pee after sex, but that you should do it whenever you feel the need arise.
“While urinating before and after sex clearly decreases the chance of a urinary tract infection, the couple doesn’t need to have a stopwatch,” Copperman says. That sense of immediacy you feel is unfounded, so unless you really have to pee, there’s no need to force yourself—squeezing out a drop or two isn’t effectively flushing out your system anyway. Feel free to get in some cuddle time or a quick nap, if that’s what feels right. Just make sure to go before you fall asleep for 7 hours.”
This same need doesn’t exist after anal intercourse.
Joseph Frankhouse, M.D., medical director of colorectal surgery at Legacy Health in Oregon, says that even if your partner ejaculates inside you it’s not medically necessary to poop afterward. You can lay down, relax, and enjoy the beautiful act in which you just participated.
Frankhouse notes that contrary to popular belief, not pooping after your partner ejaculates inside you doesn’t cause your feces to be runny like diarrhea. Since poop usually isn’t in your rectum until you’re close to pushing it out, he says, there’s no real opportunity for poop and semen to mix. Long before that, most of the semen has probably worked its way out onto the bedsheets.