Protect Your Butt!: Safer Rimming Tips

You might call it tossing salad, rimming, eating @$$, a rim job, tongue f---ing or whitewashing the back 40. To a medical professional it's anal/oral sex.

No matter what you call it, following these tips below could really save your butt whether you're tossing someone's salad or they're tossing yours.

General Safer Rimming & Ass Play Tips

1. Douching (flushing inside your butt with water) - If you do it, be gentle and don't rush. Douching can
damage the anal canal and drive infections further in. Douching too fast can increase the risk. Also, don't do it immediatley before @$$ play, do it a few hours before so you're butt isn't so irritated, making it more prone to infections. Don't use soap, it irratates the skin and tissue in and around your butt.

2. Use Dental dams or non-lubricated condoms split lengthwise down the middle to protect yourself during rimming. Mark one side of the barrier so if you drop it, you’ll know which side was yours. Use lube on the side touching your partner to increase his/her pleasure and sensitivity.

3. Latex allergy? - Use polyurethane condoms or female condoms (also polyurethane) to make the dental dam.

3. Sharing sex toys? - Cover them with a condom and change condoms between partners; clean after every use to avoid sharing STDs and parasites.

4. Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B (which can be transmitted during anal play)

Protecting Against Herpes

1. Don’t rim someone without a barrier if you’ve got active or recently healed cold sores (herpes). Infections for herpes can also happen four or five days prior to the appearance of sores.

2. If there are sores on your partner’s butt, be sure to use a barrier when rimming him.

3. If a partner has a cold sore (herpes) insist they use a barrier or find other ways to play with each other

Protecting Against Parasites

Use these tips, especially if you don't use a barrier (e.g. split condom or dental dam)...

1. Wash around and just inside the @$$hole (anus) before rimming. (Less invasive than douching). Just with douching, don’t use soap when washing inside your anus—it’s an irritant.

2. Get checked for parasites during your regular STI checkup. If you experience diarrhea, cramping, bloating, changes in appetite, weight loss, fatigue or other possible symptoms of a parasitic infection get tested sooner.

*Information courtesy of: "Reading This Could Save Your A$$: Safer Rimming Tips" by AIDS Committee of Toronto