Because you can never be too prepared, here is a preparation guide for bottoms. The phrase “top privilege” exists for a reason. While most consider this privilege primarily social – for instance, tops don’t have to worry about potential mess and can therefore blissfully consume pizza prior to intercourse, bottoms (at least those who wish for a clean experience) simply cannot. Well, they can, but this takes considerable preparation and, when sex is spontaneous, which it often is, this can be a massive – pardon the pun – pain in the ass. Not to mention all of the heteronormative judgements about bottoms that both stem from and inhibit internalized homophobia. Thanks again, straights!
Top privilege exists in more serious, physical matters as well. Medically speaking, the risk of contracting opens in a new windowHIV and other STIs is 13 times greater for bottoms than tops, according to the Center for Disease Control. On “top” of that, the penetrative partner can better identify symptoms of certain STIs, resulting in more immediate treatment.
If you’ve got a pending hookup, try to avoid meats and junk food; they’re just plain messy.
But don’t fret, Ride Lube adores our apple-bottoms and we’ve got your backside, because shit happens, but we’d prefer it not. Take a look at our preparation guide for bottoms to find out how to prepare for a mess-free bottoming experience.
First things first: don’t starve yourself, that’s the worst thing you can do because it affects your health. Instead, be smart about what you eat. Opt for high-fiber foods, as fiber becomes viscous in the intestine and facilitates the molding of your stool, making for easier and cleaner bowel movements. Foods like fruits, vegetables, chickpeas, lentils, oats and flax seeds are ideal as each regulate bowel movements. If you’re seeking something more substantial, rice offers similar effects, provided you don’t overcook it. If you’ve got a pending hookup, try to avoid meats and junk food; they’re just plain messy.
You should also drink plenty of water to guide these soluble fibers gently down the stream. For added assistance, skip over the expensive supplements and opt for psyllium. Ingest a spoonful every morning with a little water and you’ll quickly see that, thanks to its viscous and absorbent nature, your stool will be better molded and “regular.” For the record, it takes about six to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine.
Use An Anal Douche
opens in a new windowAs stated in a previous article, many medical professionals advise against anal douching as it can increase your risk of STIs and HIV. Rectal biopsies have found that individuals who’ve excessively performed enemas show deterioration in their intestinal lining and have an increased risk of anal dysplasia. Many argue if you eat properly and don’t feel like you have to poop, you won’t make a mess. For some, however, that assurance isn’t enough, so let’s talk about responsible douching.
First, lube up the tip of your anal douche (we’ve recommended opens in a new windowsome our fave anal douches here) – you don’t want to cause any damage. Because water-based lubes wash away easier and you’re probably in the shower, we recommend opens in a new windowRide Silicone. Use warm water with no soap suds. That way, your sphincter muscles don’t tighten and the soap won’t cause further irritation. Don’t go too warm though, you don’t want to boil your insides. According to online testimony, using hot water to douche can (and has) led to very serious injuries.
When douching, be gentle with the bulb. Don’t squeeze too tightly because then you’re pushing water beyond the four to six inches that requires cleaning. When this happens, the water mixes with the stool, creating a foul cocktail that increases the risk of a messy experience. Professionals also caution against using the solution contained in Fleet brand enemas, as the chemicals within them cause irritation, which manifests mucus and dryness.
Play Around Beforehand
If you’re out of practice and have got some time on your hands before your hookup, training yourself with a toy can help ease you into anal penetration. While there are many options out there, I personally prefer a prostate massager like the opens in a new windowLoki Wave. Pair it with opens in a new windowSilk Hybrid and you’re in G-Spot heaven. Once you’ve had your fun, inspect your toy for stool. If it’s clean, you’re all set – after you clean your toy, of course.
Have Yourself A Post-Sex Shower
After anal sex, hop in the shower with or without your sexual partner and clean the outside of your anus with a gentle soap. Be tender here, don’t scrub. There is no need to douche or clean inside your anus as soap suds can irritate the area. Do not use wet wipes either, as many contain perfumes and preservatives that can also irritate the area and the friction causes from excessive wiping can cause abrasions.
Just In Case You Want To Be Extra
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There you have it, bottoms
Hopefully the information contained within this guide serves you well. And if it doesn’t, you’re probably a top.
Meet the Author:
opens in a new windowBobby Box is a freelance writer and editor. He writes about sex and relationships and men’s lifestyle topics for other publications and websites such as opens in a new windowNewNowNext.com, opens in a new windowAdvocate.com, opens in a new windowBustle.com, AskMen, opens in a new windowPlayboy, opens in a new windowElle, opens in a new windowMANdatory, opens in a new windowElite Daily, and more.