Kayla Snell

How To Properly Clean Your Ass Before Anal Sex, As Told By A Porn Star

Anal sex is still somewhat taboo, but this foggy belief is dispersing, thankfully, because anal sex is the shit (OK, poor phrasing, I see that now -- but expect more to come).

The most common reasons people have for either not having anal sex or not continuing to have it are that it hurts and it's disgusting.

Assuming this disgust is a product of the gruesome fact that poo exits the body from that area, I can certainly understand this sentiment, but rest assured, this can all be rectified (rectum-fied?) through a proper cleaning. No, a thorough wiping won't do the trick, unfortunately, this kind of thing is going to take a bit more work, but it's worth it, I assure you.

Though sex ed may have made vaginal hygiene a priority in class, understanding how to properly clean your ass before anal sex is equally important when it comes to getting ~intimate~ . To consult on proper cleaning prior to anal intercourse, I spoke with the adult industry's biggest star, Joanna Angel, director and performer at BurningAngel.com (NSFW), to offer some tips on how porn stars clean themselves on set, because nobody wants to see fudgey mishaps on camera. Well, most of us don't, at least. Elite Daily also spoke with Jess O’Reilly, Ph.D., and host of the @SexWithDrJess podcast, for her take on how to ensure your anus is clean and ready for penetration.

Since anal preparation has become an established process in the porn industry, combined with the fact that Angel says she’s been in roughly “300” anal sex scenes herself, it's pretty safe to say she knows what she's talking about. The same goes for O'Reilly, who has 18 years of experience as a sexuality counselor, as well as extensive research on the development of training programs in sex education, under her belt.

The Water Enema

“Well I don't [clean my ass] in the shower,” Angel begins, insisting the best way to clean your ass prior to anal sex is with a water enema “on a towel on the floor in the bathroom,” where she then proceeds to “empty [her]self into the toilet.”

How does a water enema work, exactly? A lot easier than you'd think, plus they're easy and safe to do at home. Starting at the drugstore, purchase yourself a standard water enema kit (which is usually more discretely named “hot water bottle and syringe kit”). This should include a hot water bottle, a hose, a plug and a rectal tip.

When you bring your kit home, fill the hot water bottle with water until it is roughly 90 percent full, which works out to roughly a liter to a liter and a half's worth of liquid.

Then, close the bottle with the plug, fasten the hose to the plug (making sure the clamp on the hose is closer toward the bottom and closed) and finally, attach the rectal tip to the bottom of the hose. You might (scratch that, definitely) want to coat the tip in some KY jelly to assist in insertion.

Now, head to the bathroom. Hang the hot water bottle (which should have a hook on it) on the showerhead. Then, lay down in the tub (for comfort, place a towel underneath you) and insert the rectal tip into your butt and open the clamp. If the water pressure is too strong, close the clamp, wait, re-open it and let the water work its way through you until the hot water bottle is empty.

When empty, the objective here is to keep the water in your body for as long as you can. Three to 15 minutes is great, but this all depends on how often you've done this. When the water is in your body, rotate to help coat the entire colon in water. Then, as Angel so eloquently described earlier: empty yourself into the toilet.

However, rest assured that this process is not the only way to prepare for anal sex. “It is a matter of choice, but it’s not necessary,” O’Reilly tells Elite Daily. “If you continue to use enemas regularly, there may be some risks related to tissue damage and an imbalance of the electrolytes. You can opt to use enemas, but you don’t need to use an enema in order to have anal sex.” She recommends talking to your healthcare practitioner to develop a method that works best for you.

If you do prefer to clean your anus before anal penetration, O’Reilly says daily showers or baths can help keep the area clean. “Use a mild soap and water to wash on the outside only,” She says. “Some people find that inserting a clean, wet (not soapy!) finger into their anus can help to clean out any fecal residue. Just be sure to wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water after insertion.”

If you do come across some fecal residue during anal sex, O’Reilly insists it’s not a huge deal. “Often, it blends in with the lube (another reason to use lots of it, and I recommend Astroglide silicone),” she says. “Having said that, you know your body and your bowel movements best and some days will be better suited to backdoor play than others.”

The Diet

“More important than the enema is the diet,” Angel insists. “Eating solid food with lots of fiber the day before/the day of anal sex is the ultimate key to success. I'll make myself smoothies with scoops of fiber in it (psyllium husks!) and well, yeah. Without giving too many gross details -- it makes you all regular and stuff.”

Angel favors fibrous foods prior to anal sex and since she's the expert, we're totally on board. Other high fibrous food that will assist in this regard are prunes, popcorn, flaxseed (try on yogurts or salads), oatmeal, rice, spinach, beans and yogurt.

Though the downside to many fruits high in fiber is that they're also high in fructose (which causes gas), you can still indulge in some of the sweet stuff. When doing so, opt for high-fiber, lower-sugar fruits like kiwis and oranges.

“Diet can absolutely affect anal pleasure and comfort, and a high-fiber diet is more likely to produce healthy poops,” says O’Reilly. “If you don’t have enough fiber in your diet and you have to push hard when going to the bathroom, irritation and muscle strain can occur and cause discomfort.” Drinking lots of water helps too, as it helps your feces move more easily through the colon. So on the days leading up to anal, try your best to get those eight to 10 glasses of water a day.

Anal sex can be great, so when you want to indulge in it and avoid any “accidents,” head the wise ways of Angel and O’Reilly and give yourself a good clean — however you feel comfortable.

Additional reporting was added to this piece on July 26, 2019 by Elite Daily Staff.