GAY & BISEXUAL MEN - ANAL SEX
There is no right way to be gay or bisexual. Some men have anal sex and some men don't. Whatever role you enjoy and perform, it has to feel right for you.
Sex should always be mutually consensual and you should never feel pressured into doing something that doesn't feel right for you. You're also allowed to change your mind at any point and ask to stop. Consenting to sex is different to feeling ready for sex, so before you consent, think about whether you really feel ready and prepared to have sex. Sex should be pleasurable. That might be because it feels intimate and you know what you and your partners like and don't like, or it might be because you're having sex with a new partner and it's exciting, but it should always be enjoyable. Communicating with your partner about what you like and don't like is a great way to make sure you're both happy and satisfied with the sex you're having. It's not a one-off conversation; you're allowed to change your mind, and just because you like something today, it doesn't mean you'll want it tomorrow.
If the sex you're having is painful or if it's making you feel regret, upset or just a bit flat afterwards, you can talk to staff Sexual Health D&G about this. We're here to give non-judgemental advice on pretty much every aspect of your sexual health and wellbeing.
Content reproduced/adapted with permission from Steve Retson Project, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde