How to Bottom Without Pain: Anal Sex for Beginners

How to Bottom Without Pain: Anal Sex for Beginners

 I am here to help make sure you are READY for anal sex and walk you through how to bottom without pain for the first time.

Having sex can be a scary, nerve-racking experience.  I can remember bottoming for the first time – I had absolutely no idea where to start.

As a result, it was painful, embarrassing and not very fun.  But that was because I wasn’t prepared.

Below we have put together a comprehensive guide to make sure that your first time bottoming is the best that it can be!

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How to Bottom Without Pain

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1. Bottoming Should Not Hurt

Bottoming is a strange and unfamiliar experience, especially if you are a first timer.  Remember, bottoming should not hurt.

In fact, it should feel great!

This is probably the biggest misconception surrounding how to bottom.

Pain is your body telling you that you are doing something wrong!

This is why understanding your body is the best way to prepare yourself.

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2. Get Clean with an Anal Enema

This seems like a no-brainer but you must make sure that you clean out your colon before having sex.

Douching is by far the easiest and most thorough way to get the job done. Cleaning up beforehand will make sex more comfortable and remove any worries you might have.

The last thing you want is looming thought of a messy first time.

If you are going to douche then you will need to use an enema.  You will want to get something that is safe and easy to use.

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For most people, the pros is a great starter Enema.  It is made from medical-grade silicone and is simple and safe to use.  The majority of people choose the medium size.

You can read a more in-depth guide about douching here.

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3. Practice and Loosen Up

Before actually having sex you should first practice on your own a bit so you can get used to the sensation.

Find a private, comfortable place where you can relax.  Make sure your hands are clean and your fingernails are cut.

Remember, you want to be as comfortable and clean as possible.  Taking a nice, warm bath is also a great idea as it will help you relax which is what you are going for.

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4. Relax

There are two major muscles at the entrance of the anal cavity.

The outer sphincter muscle, which for most people is relatively easy to control.

The inner sphincter is located about in inch inside that typically causes pain while bottoming. Learning to control this muscle is the key to making sex more enjoyable.

If you have ever pooped before (which I know everyone reading this has) then you already know how to relax this muscle.

Most people are unaware that they are even doing it.  The key is to be able to do this same action but on command.

While pushing outward like you are going to the bathroom, slowly insert a lubricated finger.  You should notice your inner muscles start to relax and open.

Once you are in, you may have a strange feeling like you need to pee.  This is normal.

It is just your body’s natural reaction to an unfamiliar situation. With a few practice runs, this feeling should go away.

Once you are comfortable with one finger, try adding another finger and continue to work your way up.  Eventually, you will be able to move up to a comfortable size for sex.

5. Take It Slowly

If you are bottoming for the first time you need to take things slowly.  For most people having a finger, or anything up in there is a very strange and uncomfortable sensation.

Make sure you start out slowly and each time you will notice it gets a little easier.  Again, make sure that your finger still has plenty of lube and follow the steps above.

Once you become comfortable with this process then you should be more comfortable with real sex.

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6. Use a Quality Anal Lube

You wouldn’t believe how many guys think you don’t need lube when having anal sex!

This is wrong and just plain stupid!

Having the right supplies is the most important factor of how to bottom without pain for the first time, and if you want to have comfortable and enjoyable anal sex, then you NEED to use lube. No questions.

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Picking the right anal lube is probably the single most important aspect to having an enjoyable experience when learning how to bottom.

Luckily, there are some great lubes designed specifically for anal sexSo do yourself a favor and invest in some good quality lube.

“Having the right lube will help to make entry smoother and greatly reduce pain.”

One of my personal favorites is Pjur Analyse Me!. As the name suggests, it was designed specifically for anal play and includes an anal relaxant and mild numbing agent.

This makes learning how to bottom much easier. It also has a great consistency and is extra slippery.

I have been using this lube for years and it is an ideal choice, especially if you are just starting out or have had problems with pain in the past.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my in-depth review.

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Read the full article on picking the Best Anal Lube here.

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7. Use a Lube Injector

Lube injectors are another thing to consider as they are a really great way to get lubed up quickly and easily. They act like a syringe and allow you to apply lube consistently deep inside.

It took me a long time before I started to use one, but it really makes anal sex easier and more comfortable.

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8. Practice with an Anal Dilator Kit

To get a more realistic size for sex, you may also want to invest in a butt plug or a dildo.  Butt plugs often come in trainer sets that allow you to start at a comfortable size, then slowly work your way up.

Anal Trainer Kits are probably the quickest way to loosen up and give you a gradual ease into a larger size.

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Anal dildos are also great because they help you loosen up down there and give a much more realistic experience of what sex will actually feel like.  Just remember to use a condom over your toy and wash them well after use.

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For those looking for everything you need in order to learn how to bottom, I recommend taking a look at the Anal Sex Starter Kit.

It has everything you need to practice on your own and get ready for the real thing including:

Packaged together you will actually save you about $40 compared to buying each separately.

If you follow these steps and practice often, then you will be on your way towards amazing anal sex. Everyone will feel some discomfort starting out, but the payoff is well worth the time and effort.

Just keep at it and soon you will be ready for the real thing.

For a more in-depth step-by-step guide, check out my new, comprehensive guide to having anal sex for the first time.

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This Post Has 28 Comments

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    How do I overcome my fears about what my boyfriend might do to my backside?

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      Matthew Brown

      The most important piece of advice I can give to anyone with concerns about bottoming is to be relaxed. If you are not comfortable with your partner or you are nervous then it will be a very painful experience. If you mind is not relaxed, then your body will not be either. A great way to overcome your nerves is to set the mood. You can do this with music, foreplay, or one of my favorite things, giving a massage. YOu can check out one of my past articles here.

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      Me and my partner are going to bareback for the first time, is there a lube that will let me feel the moment he cums inside me.

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    Donald Wallace

    I was a homophobe and I suppose bringing myself to these articles after some bi curious thoughts has helped me overcome this feeling of shame I’ve been caring and pushing away for so long.

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      Loren Couse

      Hey Donald,

      Thanks for giving the site a look. I am glad it has been helpful to you. If you ever have any questions or just want to talk feel free to send me a message at [email protected] .

      All the best,


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    My girl want anal sex. But i haven’t done it before. Can anybody help me in this part. How will i do this with her? I am not a virgin but i never go back before. How will i do? Will it easy to put my cock inside to her butt

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      @danny it will go in easy if shes already had anal sex before. Try to slide it in but make sure its lubricated down there. Thats it lol.

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    I am a bottom. I have been in a relationship for 8 years we broke up. Well after maybe three years of not even looking for someone I met a really good man and I want to bottom for him but I am worried I haven’t have sex in three years should I treat my self like a first timer

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      Loren Couse

      Hey Krys,

      Thanks for reading the site. I think it is a good idea to treat yourself like a first timer again. If it has been a few years like you said then it is better to be on the careful side of things. You probably already have a good idea of what to expect, but take it super slow the first few times and ease yourself back into the swing of things.

      Best of luck!


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        I have been using an eight inch dildo with plenty of lube I have a hard time at first put it works out In any way I thought it would get easy but I feel like I am going have to use the dildo before I have sex

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    I have never tried anal and I want to. I’ve started with plug then moved into dildo (7 inches). I”ve been practicing and it doesnt hurt anymore. Do you think it will hurt the first time I have sex with a real person even if I’ve been practicing?

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      Loren Couse

      Hey Jack,

      As long as you take it slow and you use enough lube, I think it sounds loke you should be just fine! Practice makes perfect.

      Best of luck!


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    Hello everyone, I’m going to a trip with my bf and this is the first time we will have anal. I’ve had anal twice but let’s say I want to play 3 days in a row, How do you stay clean during the whole weekend? Is it safe to douche before having sex back to back to back as douche Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before sex?

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    Hi there, I am a top that didn’t have much sex but I know how ot feels. I recently met a guy and we both really wanna have sex, but it is his first time, so he never was bottom before. I’m super scared I won’t make it a good experience (I’m well endowed too so i’m scared to hurt him). Any tip for it to be nice for both of us?

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      Loren Couse

      Hey John,

      I am still getting around to writing an article about “How to Be a Good Top”, but I think a lot of the advice I would have is still pretty similar.

      To start, go slowly (like really slow, bit by bit), use lots and lots of lube, and communicate with each other. Remember, it might be a bit uncomfortable for him his first time, but it should not hurt. Try some foreplay to get started (rimming, fingering, massaging). Relax, and make sure he is too.

      As a top your biggest priority is to make sure your partner is comfortable, and do only what he is comfortable with doing. And remember, even if things don’t work the first time, you can always keep practicing and move up to the real thing.

      I know this is a bit short, but if you want to chat a bit more in-depth, feel free to send me an email at [email protected] .



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    I am in a long term relationship, and the sex has been rather infrequent of late. I am an early spurter, which is off putting. We actually have not had penetrative sex, but I would love to bottom for my partner, as I know he does not want to bottom. I thought that being a bottom would lessen the probability of spurting too soon., another reason why I would like to bottom. Would you recommend using a butt plug for a few hours prior to bottoming? And putting a condominium on with lots of lube prior to inserting it? I am hoping for a more active and regular sex l

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    I was young and worked in a soap factory during school holidays. One day the supervisor called me in his office and asked me if I would like to experience ‘butt pleasure’ I said yes because I was so shy to say ‘no’. He had a big tool banana shape, I was a bit worried. He prepared my butt for about 30 minutes by inserting his finger and thumb inside my butt using lot of glycerine as lube. Then he positioned me doggy with my legs spread, he applied a warm towel on my butt for few minutes then after lubricating my butt he rub his tool in circular to my anus and slowly pushed his tool inside. Although it was a bit painful when the head got inside but it was also a good sensation, he did it so well that it was more pleasure than pain.

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    You mention putting a condom on a dildo. Is there a reason for it? What about butt plugs, should they be covered with a condom also??

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      Loren Couse


      You can think of condoms as an extra protective barrier to protect your toy from bacteria. Typically douching before and using a toy cleaner after are enough to protect your toy. Condoms just go that extra step. You can read more info in our full guide on How to Extend the Life of Your Sex Toy here.

      If you have any more questions feel free to e-mail us directly at: [email protected].



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    Carleton Morris

    I have been bi for about 10 years. I am totally straight acting but in bed I prefer and get turned on by playing the submissive role. I have experimented with everything successfully except anal sex. It always hurts and burns but I still crave it want to do it. Nothing turns me on more than the day I am being thrusted like a woman. I always spend a lot of time in foreplay, kissing, making out mutual oral and get rimmed etc but it walyas ends without anal penetration. . I want to do it missionary. Is this the best position? Please help!

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      Loren Couse

      Hey Carleton,

      The most comfortable position really comes down to what kind of dick and shape you are dealing with! As a bottom, your colon actually curves up and in towards your bellybutton. This means that if you have a guy with a dick that curves upward, then you two should both fit together like a lock and key!

      In this case, missionary position would be your most comfortable position. But you should really go by his shape and choose the path of least resistance.

      But really, after you relax and loosen up, then you can try anything you like!

      Hope this helps.


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    Rene Tremblay

    I am married and want to have anal sex with my wife. We both love it. I have been using butt plugs to ease into to the new adventure. I’ve increased in size to a new 5.5 inch wonderful item. How do I ease this in to our sessions?

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    My Man Wants To Have Anal Sex But I Never Did It Before And His Cock Is 10 inches long and very thick he’s a black man and I know it will
    Hurt besides I don’t wanna have any accident during the sex

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    Hi , I want yo anal for my man , this is embarrassing but I think I have developed heamroids , what must I do

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    Hi I experience small amounts of blood after using toys I live up very well and the blood goes away after
    I feel no pain and can’t understand why it happens?

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    Tina Klaeger

    Small amounts of blood are normal. I an a 19-year-old woman, petite at 5’1”, and I have anal sex four or five times a week with my boyfriend, who is 6’4” and has an 11-inch cock. What is important is to use shea butter as an anal lube because it facilitates anal penetration and controls friction in order to limit any bleeding to a small amount. With shea butter, my boyfriend lubricates my anus, rectum, and sigmoid colon. The lube allows him to insert the full length of his 11-inch shaft inside of my asshole. It also allows him to thrust as hard, as deep, as fast, and as long as he wants while having anal sex with me, and I only experience small amounts of blood, which is normal and perfectly safe. In a one-hour anal sex session, he thrusts me anally about 3,600 times. Multiply that by five sessions, and I figure I receive 18,000 anal thrusts up my asshole every week, and I am a petite 98-pound woman. That is 936,000 anal thrusts per year. That means that over the past two-and-a-half years, I have received more than 2 million anal thrusts from my boyfriend. And I am a healthy 19-year-old woman. So, I don’t worry about small amounts of blood, and neither should you as it is perfectly normal.

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    I’m a bottom and I have had lots of lovers. I am a size Queen so big penises don’t scare me. But I’ve recently met a man who wants to have sex with me. He has an 11 inch penis. Girl isn’t any problem, but I’ve never had 11 inches. The biggest ever before is 9 inches and that one hurt at the bottom. I only had the 9 inches one time. The biggest before then was 8 and that seemed perfect. Is there anything I can do to get ready for 11 inches? I want it all. He says he’ll be patient. But they all say that until the heart of the moment.

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