My boyfriend wants to have anal sex without a condom. Can I get pregnant? – Lauren*
Getting pregnant through anal sex is unlikely. In theory, it's possible that it
could happen if semen from the anus gets into the vagina.
With anal sex, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a much bigger worry than
pregnancy. The risk of getting an STD like HIV
(the virus that causes AIDS) is even higher with anal sex than vaginal sex.
That's because the lining of the rectum is thin and can tear easily, allowing
infection to get into your body.
If you decide to have anal sex, use a condom every time. Because
there is less lubrication with anal sex, condoms are more likely to break than with
vaginal sex, so use a lot of water-based lubricating gel (available from drugstores).
Even if your boyfriend thinks he's STD free, he may not be. Lots of people can
have STDs without knowing it. Even if they don't have symptoms themselves, they can
still pass STDs on to a partner. So protect yourself with a condom whenever you have
any type of sex — vaginal, oral, or anal. It's also a good idea to get tested
for STDs at least once a year and whenever you have a new partner.