Make no mistake about it, analingus (otherwise known as rimming) is still very much a taboo. Although it might not be first on your to-do list when it comes to your night-time repertoire, it can be a really fun and safe activity to incorporate into your foreplay.

So, what exactly is rimming? How can you get the most out of it? And, is analingus safer or less so than other forms of oral sex? We’ve got all your questions covered in our complete analingus guide:

What is analingus?

Let’s start simple, what exactly is analingus? Analingus, or rimming, is the act of stimulating your partner’s anus with your mouth or tongue. The anus has a fair few nerve endings, meaning that when it’s stimulated by something smooth and tactile, such as a partner’s tongue or lips, it can create a fairly intense feeling.

Unlike regular oral sex, a rim job is more about adding extra levels of pleasure to the sexual experience, as opposed to trying to directly achieve an orgasm. You may find that you can make your partner orgasm with regular oral, but analingus is a completely different ballgame.

Instead, try thinking of rimming as another element to your foreplay. Whilst giving your partner some amazing analingus, try using your free hand to stimulate their genitals. This should really elevate their experience.

What does rimming feel like?

The anus contains a whole load of nerve endings. The best way to describe the feeling of receiving analingus would be that it is similar to being stimulated in any other erogenous zone. You may find analingus extra pleasurable, however, because of the taboo nature of the act.

What does rimming taste like?

Fear not, giving your partner some loving analingus isn’t going to taste how you would expect. You would be forgiven for thinking that it may be unpleasant based on what the anus is used for on a day-to-day basis, but that simply isn’t the case. Provided your partner has a good wash of the area before you get started, you are only really going to get the taste of your partner’s skin.

Having said that, if you really want to try anal rimming but you’re worried about the taste you may experience, or your partner wants to try giving you some analingus and you are feeling a little self-conscious, a great workaround is to try some flavoured lube with your rimming.

Why not try out our Cheeky Cherry flavoured lube? Before you get down to business, simply apply some of our sugar-free, cherry flavoured lube to your partner’s anus to dispel any worries. Instead of the skin-like taste, you’ll enter the blissful world of cherry as you pleasure your significant other.

Our flavoured lubes are also compatible with anal sex. This means that if you are planning an entire night of anal indulgence, and want to include both rimming and anal penetration, it really is that case of one lube fits all!

How safe is rimming?

Unfortunately, moving away from the genital area does not guarantee you any more safety from an STI perspective. You can catch several STIs from analingus, just as you can from regular oral.

If you have safety concerns, there are many products out there designed to be used for vaginal or anal oral to protect you and your partner. These products typically consist of a barrier or ‘dam’ to prevent direct contact.

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How to perform analingus

Giving your partner a rim job is not dissimilar from giving them regular oral sex. From a hygiene perspective, start by asking them to have a clean of their entire downstairs area. Aside from that, simply get them to lay back and enjoy the ride.

There are loads of great positions to try out for some anal oral, it’s just important to bear in mind that the anus is a lot lower or further back than the penis or vagina anatomically speaking. With this in mind, some of your usual oral sex positions may not work or may need adapting a little.

Our top analingus positions include the following:

  • Doggy – The perfect position for analingus, simply have your partner get on their hands and knees and you can sit comfortably behind them
  • Missionary – This position will require a little adaptation for analingus. From missionary, simply ask your partner to lift their legs to their chest with their knees bent
  • Chaired – This one’s easy, have you partner sit in a chair with their bum right on the edge. As above, get them to lift their legs to their chest allowing you access to their anus
  • Prone – This is a great beginner position. Get your partner to lay flat on their front and have them spread their legs a little

The great thing about introducing rimming into the equation is that it can be a great precursor to anal sex. Not only will it allow your partner to get more comfortable with anal play, but it may even pique their interest in penetrative anal once they realise how great a little anal tongue action can feel.

 

Want to know more about the enticing world of anal sex? We have loads of useful information over on our Explore Sex blog to get you going. Whether you have some general questions about anal sex or would like advice on the best lubes to use for anal, we’ve got your back.

 

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