How soon after a hemorrhoid has healed is it safe to resume anal sex?

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Jonny Selway asked 7 months ago

I have been using anal toys for months, but a week ago, I got a hemorrhoid, and it seems that it is now gone and pretty much full healed. It is safe to start using anal toys again? Or should I wait another few days just to be sure it won’t irritate it again?

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admin Staff answered 7 months ago

Hi Jonny,

If it’s ‘pretty much fully healed’, I’d say it’s best to wait until it’s completely healed and then two weeks on top of that. I say this because even once the hemorrhoids have gone away the site (tissue) where they previously were is still weakened and susceptible to hemorrhoids occurring again if it becomes irritated. Wait for the old hemorrhoid site to strengthen back a bit and then you can resume anal play.

If you feel that the hemorrhoids have been caused by using anal toys and not stress, diet, exercise techniques etc then it would be very helpful to make sure you’re using the toys correctly. Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Myrtle Wilhite that sums it up well:

If you are developing hemorrhoids because of anal sex, I’d advise caution. Your technique needs attention, and you need more information. Chronic muscular tension as well as a lack of relaxation with anal play can cause a break in the anal cushions, padded areas that protect the muscles and blood vessels from the stress of evacuation (passing stool). If the cushions become disturbed, they can puff up and split, allowing blood vessels to pop through either internally (internal hemorrhoids) or externally (external hemorrhoids). These blood vessels can then break (a bleeding hemorrhoid); clot (a painful purple hemorrhoid); or regress, leaving a small skin tag.

A quick google reveals many technique guides that you might find helpful but if you have trouble finding the right article for you we’re always here to help!