How to Bottom 101

At Pure for Men, our mission is to help men and people of every gender enjoy healthy, fun, and above all, great sex, and our specially-formulated fiber supplements are designed to do just that. But for those who have never done it before, the idea of "bottoming" – i.e., being on the receiving end of anal sex – can be intimidating, if not downright scary. Don't worry: we've been there before, and those feelings are totally justified. But with preparation, practice, and a whole lot of communication, learning how to bottom can open up whole new universes of pleasure for you and your partner(s). And if you're not sure where to start, we've put together a handy how-to guide for learning how to start bottoming.

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Does bottoming hurt?

If you've never tried any kind of anal play before, the idea of bottoming can be hard to approach. Many first-timers ask the question, "does bottoming hurt?" The answer is yes and no. Without proper preparation or taking a slow, healthy approach, bottoming certainly can hurt. But if you know what you're doing, take your time, and above all, listen to your body, bottoming doesn't have to hurt. The first few times may be uncomfortable, but as you get comfortable and learn what your body likes, discomfort will fade away and turn into something much more enjoyable.

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Why do people like bottoming?

So why do people like bottoming, anyways? The answer is different for everyone. The skin in and around the anus and inside the rectum is an erogenous zone that's packed with nerve endings that, when stimulated, can cause intense pleasure. For people who have a prostate, the pleasure goes even deeper: the prostate rests against the anal wall about 3 inches inside of the rectum, and when it gets stimulated, it can open up new worlds of incredibly powerful orgasms. So while the start of your bottoming journey may not be immediately pleasant, rest assured: there's so much more in store.

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How to prepare to bottom using anal training

So from a practical perspective, how do you go from zero experience to becoming a bottoming pro? The key is to start slow and gradually work up to each step. Many men find it easier to prepare themselves to bottom by doing some anal training and exploration on their own. The easiest way is to start on your own, using your finger(s) to play with the area around your anus and working up to slipping a finger inside. This will help you get used to the sensation of having something in your ass and teach your body what that feels like. Just make sure you've thoroughly washed, cut, and filed your nails to avoid any sharp edges in there.

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If you're preparing to bottom with a partner, you may also consider an anal dilation kit. These are sets of anal dildos of various diameters, allowing you to start small and slowly work your way up in size, giving your rectum time to adjust to dilating and accommodating a foreign object. For some people, these work great, while others may prefer another type of anal toy – but whatever you do, make sure to go slow, use tons of lube, and really listen to your body as you practice. Remember, this isn't just about getting ready physically: it's also a psychological process. You want to listen to your body to see what kind of motions and stimulation help you loosen up, what brings you pleasure, and what turns you on.

Tips for anal hygiene before bottoming

So – you've done your practice, learned how to loosen up, and now you're ready to try bottoming with a partner. But how do you clean yourself up for anal sex? As with anything sex-related, it's different for everyone, and you'll eventually find a rhythm that works for you. But here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Start With Your Diet:

While many don't think of this, the best place to start is your diet. A healthy diet that's high in fruits and vegetables and low in red meat is the best way to keep yourself clean for anal sex. In general, foods like fruits and veggies, that are naturally high in fiber, will produce more together, even stools that leave less residue behind, while foods that are greasy, oily, or spicy will make things a little messier.

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    Use a Fiber Supplement:

    Naturally, we can't overstate how helpful it is to use a high-quality fiber supplement. Our own Pure for Men fiber supplements are designed to work like a sponge that slowly scrapes the intestinal tract and leaves you clean and ready for play.

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      Wash Your Bum:

      At a minimum, you should thoroughly wash your buttcrack and anus before you get started. Using high-quality soaps is a must, and many find that wipes help as well. Our Stay Ready Collection has everything you need to get clean down there (on the outside, anyways).

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        Anal Douching:

        Many people also find that using an anal douche to clean themselves out about an hour or two before bottoming will help for a cleaner experience. We recommend using a simple silicone douche bulb with clean, slightly-cooler-than-lukewarm water. If you filter your tap water, use the filtered water. Remember to use plenty of lube and be gentle, as you don't want to force water all the way up there – you only need to clean the first 6-8" or so.

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          Don't Worry About Accidents:

          Finally, remember that no matter how well you prepare yourself, bodies are bodies. Accidents will happen! And if they do, that's fine. Seeing a little fecal matter – or a lot – is only a big deal if you make it a big deal. Just clean up, take a shower if you need to, and either get back into it or try again next time. Accidents are something that happen to EVERYONE who bottoms, so there is nothing to feel ashamed of. And remember that if your partner gives you any grief over it, they're the asshole (no pun intended).

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              The Most Important Thing for Bottoming

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              All these tips will help you prepare for and get the hang of bottoming during anal sex, but there's one piece of advice that we cannot stress enough. What's the biggest, most important tip for bottoming? It's simple: 

              LISTEN to your body and COMMUNICATE with your partner.

              Ultimately, learning how to bottom will be a journey for you, just as it has been for all the anal explorers before you. It won't happen instantaneously, but as you get more used to it, learn how to do it, and learn what you like, you'll find more and more pleasure from bottoming. But at every stage along the way, remember to listen to your body and communicate with your partner.

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              We hope this guide makes the concept of bottoming a little more approachable for you – and if you're ready to give bottoming a try, don't forget to pick up a pack of fiber supplements. Our Pure for Men and Pure for Her fiber supplements are specifically formulated to help make bottoming easier and more fun, and if you ever have any questions on the subject, you can always contact us. And no matter what you plan to do or who you plan to do it with, remember to go slow, stay safe, and have fun!

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