How healthy is it to enter from the rear gate?


Dr Neha Gupta

The Calcutta Medical & Research Institute

Anal intercourse is the essential component of sex for most gay men. It is practiced even by some non gay couples.

Although most couples practicing anal intercourse might be of the opinion that it is their private life and why should a third party or a court of law interfere in their sexual lives if both of them are enjoying it consensually and without harming anyone else’s interests, it is very important to understand that human physiology is not designed to accommodate this activity.

Being a doctor, I would not just call it unnatural but unhygienic and unhealthy too. Vagina is much different from the rectum with regard to suitability of intercourse. Vagina has lubricants and muscle network along with special kind of epithelial covering which allows friction without causing any damage. On the other hand, rectum  and anus are just meant for the exit of stools. Repeated trauma, stretching and friction may cause anal sphincter to become loose leading to chronic leakage of fecal matter.

Anal intercourse can cause severe bleeding from anus. Moreover, unprotected anal intercourse leads to mixing of ejaculate and blood of the partners and highly increases the risk of transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea.

Some of the very rare diseases may also be transmitted very easily by anal intercourse like cryptosporidium, microspora, isospora may also transmit deadly hepatitis B and C viruses. It can even lead to anal cancers caused by transmission of Human Papilloma Virus. Vaginal intercourse after anal penetration highly increases the risk of contracting vaginal infections.

Apart from sexually transmitted diseases, anal penetration may also lead to bleeding piles, anal fissures and retained foreign bodies.

People enjoy it without knowing the consequences. Sometimes even ignorant kids become a victim to sodomy. It can damage the child’s private parts permanently apart from causing mental imbalance. It can lead to severe bleeding as well.

Everything that the gay or non gay couples enjoy in their bedroom can’t be left up to them in the name of privacy. Like watching porn and voyeurism etc are perversions even though the person involved may not be physically or mentally harming anyone else, practicing anal sex is also perversion. It might give pleasure to some or painful pleasure to others but on the long run, it is unhealthy as well as unhygienic.

Putting a check on such unnatural practices is necessary not only from social point of view but also from health point! It is important to discourage people from practicing anal sex if we want to control the spread of deadly AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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15 Responses to “How healthy is it to enter from the rear gate?”

  1. biplab das 16 December 2013 at 11:39 PM #

    দুবেলা দুমুঠো খেয়ে বেঁচে থাকার স্বাধীনতা নেই, নিজের মত করে চিন্তা ভাবনা করার স্বাধীনতা নেই, দুর্নীতির বিরুদ্ধে টুঁ শব্দ করার শক্তি রাষ্ট্রশক্তির কাছে বাঁধা পড়ে আছে – এদের দরকার শুধু যৌন স্বাধীনতার। ধর্মের হুজুগে চিঁড়ে ভিজছে না, শেষ দু তিন বছরে ভারতীয়রা কাশ্মির জুজুটিতেও রিঅ্যক্ট করছে না। নামল আসরে যৌন ব্যবসার দালাল রা। ১৯৯৭ সালেও এরকম একবার হয়েছিল।

  2. sumitra padmanabhan 17 December 2013 at 1:16 PM #

    Very clear and informative article. Should be read by both Gay & Non-gay people. Unnatural & unhygienic practices must be discouraged.

  3. Madhusudan Mahato 17 December 2013 at 4:22 PM #

    good article.

  4. sujoy chanda 17 December 2013 at 4:27 PM #

    very good post Dr Neha. comment of Biplab da is also excellent

  5. firefox 18 December 2013 at 9:25 AM #

    Indeed a good read. I feel those screaming for gay “rights”, should introspect their own birth secret at the very first place…were they the offspring of 2 consenting pops or 2 ‘in love’ moms??? I apologize if I sound ‘vulgar’, but a few deliberate buffoons displaying ‘amusing’ eroticism are forcing me to do so.

    Shouting for gay rights is no revolution, rather it’s medieval & reactionary in the truest sense of the term

  6. Manish 18 December 2013 at 10:30 AM #

    Brilliant informative article by Neha….

  7. Anupam 19 December 2013 at 8:51 PM #

    Thanks Neha. The article is really good.

  8. biplab das 19 December 2013 at 11:31 PM #

    At the first phase of socialist govt in Russia homosexuality was not a subject matter because the communist leaders were not so much worried about this matter. But when Stalin came into power he banned homosexuality.
    Those who are so much vocal in favour of gay rights and claims themselves as communists, please go through Mao Zedong during the time of Cultural Revolution. For further studies they should read thoroughly the related laws in Soviet Russia during the Stalin era.

  9. arindam2006a 20 December 2013 at 9:08 AM #

    Yes Biplab, you r right. During the Stalin era (1933-1953), Article 121 was added to the criminal code, for the entire Soviet Union, that expressly prohibited homosexuality, with up to five years of hard labor in prison

  10. sumitra padmanabhan 20 December 2013 at 8:41 PM #

    Very good Arindam & Biplab. Abnormal sexual acts should be prohibited by law– even between heterosexual couples. But for all this– one partner has to lodge a complaint.

  11. sunil 23 January 2014 at 5:54 PM #

    “unnatural practices”

    Dr Neha/Prabir

    Incest is natural. Yet we do not accept it.
    Marriage, Monogamy are unnatural yet we endorse it.

    so do not use the natural/unnatural argument!


  12. neha 9 February 2014 at 11:19 PM #

    @Sunil:yes only people like you can justify incest as natural as u may be a great follower of brahma….who had ejaculation after seeing his own daughter!
    And nature has created two separate genders and a thing called sexual intercourse between two genders for basic reason of “reproduction”. Could humans reproduce like cactus, probably there would have been no genders and there would have been no need of discussion on natural and unnatural sex.
    i dont want to comment about the institution of marriage but yes we do support monogamy but not forcefully staying with the same person for the whole life if things go wrong between them. A person can be involved with different people but not at same point of time.

  13. ??????? 1 March 2014 at 11:59 AM #

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  14. The real deal 29 April 2014 at 1:01 PM #

    wow, I can’t believe they featured this steaming pile of ‘feces’ on a site that is supposedly meant for ‘freethinkers’.

    Are you sure there is a useful message to be gleaned from this mass of ordure?

  15. Naushirvan 15 May 2014 at 2:52 PM #

    Dear Author and others of his/her ilk,

    have you ever heard of something called a lubricated condom? Does’ K Y Jelly’ ring a bell? You seem to inhabit a world of generalizations.The article reeks of latent homophobia and cynicism.

    Relaxation, lubrication and education are key to having pleasurable anal sex. If it hurts, you are not doing it right.

    “Putting a check on such unnatural practice is necessary not only from social point of view, also from health point!”

    Yes, indeed, Mein Fuhrer!

    “It is important to discourage people from practicing anal sex if we want to control the spread of deadly AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.”

    We must also discourage people from reaching sexual maturity because the sexual instinct leads to rape, child molestation and venereal diseases. Marriages lead to marital rape, domestic violence, suicides and dowry deaths, so they will have to be scrapped too. The same goes for the manufacture of ALL knives ( convenient weapons for murder). All these acts will have to be banned if one wishes to please the quack who cobbled together this ‘article’.

    I lovvvvvve your arguments.

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