Gas After Anal: Answering Your Most Asked Questions

Dr. Evan Goldstein

December 08, 2023

Let's talk about the elephant in the room – or should we say, the gas after anal play? No matter how embarrassing it might seem, the truth is, it’s fairly common. The good news is, there are ways to reduce post-play gas and bloating.

Is Gas and Bloating After Anal Normal?

Yes, gas and bloating after anal is normal. Some people may experience gas frequently after play, and for others it may be a rare occurrence. If you do experience some extra toots, don't fret – it's all part of the quirky and natural processes of our bodies. Don’t let anyone tell you differently!

Why Am I Farting After Anal?

Engaging in anal play, such as anal sex or using toys, can make you gassy. During these activities, muscles in the anal area are relaxed and stimulated, potentially affecting the movement of gas in your intestines. Additionally, nervous excitement or certain positions involved in anal play might contribute to a more noticeable passage of gas.

The act itself can also introduce excess air into your rectum, although this sensation is more similar to queefing and would not technically be considered gas. Every time your partner (or toy) completely exits your rectum, the next time it’s reintroduced into your body, it brings with it some air. And the more you’re able to gape, the more air you're likely to bring in.

Is There Any Way to Reduce Gas and Bloating After Anal?

Yes! While gas and bloating is typically nothing to worry about, there are a few things you can do to improve your post-play experience:

  1. Watch What You Eat: Avoid gas-inducing foods like beans and carbonated drinks before and after anal activities. For more tips on what to eat and what to avoid, check out our guide on What to Eat Before Anal.

  2. Empty Your Bowels: Use the restroom before anal play to minimize pre-existing gas.

  3. Up Your Fiber Intake: Taking a daily fiber supplement, especially ones that include natural gas-fighting ingredients, can assist with keeping your body on schedule and relieve excess gas.

  4. Stay Hydrated: Drinking water supports smooth digestion and prevents excessive gas buildup.

  5. Improve Your Gut Health: Taking a daily synbiotic (a pre + probiotic) can promote the colonization of good bacteria in the rectum.

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Are Certain Positions More Likely to Cause Farting After Anal?

Certain positions during anal play can indeed influence the likelihood of experiencing post-activity flatulence. Positions that involve deeper penetration or those that create a more direct angle can potentially affect the movement of gas within your intestines. These positions might encourage gas to move through your digestive system more readily, leading to an increased chance of flatulence after anal play.

How Can I Discuss the Topic of Farting After Anal Play with My Partner?

Approaching a conversation about farting after anal play with your partner involves openness and sensitivity. Find a comfortable setting and normalize the idea that bodily functions are natural. Express your thoughts honestly and directly, emphasizing your desire for open communication. Remember, a candid and understanding conversation can enhance your intimacy and make experiences more enjoyable for both of you. Most importantly, find a partner who is compassionate and won’t shame you for something as natural as farting. After all, you’re not the only one who does it!

Wrapping Up the Gas Talk: Our Final Thoughts

Remember that farting after anal is completely normal. While it might not always be the sexiest thing to do (or witness), it's a natural part of the process. Fortunately, there are practical steps you can take to reduce gas and discomfort.

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About the author

Dr. Evan Goldstein is the Co-Founder of Future Method and the Founder and CEO of Bespoke Surgical, the leading private practice in health and wellness for gay men. He received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Goldstein is the go-to butt and bottoming expert, having been published in Huffington Post, Men’s Health, Healthline, and more. Learn about Dr. Goldstein by visiting his practice, bespokesurgical.com.

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