Here’s a question that’s a blend of several similar ones that I’ve been asked.
I often have loose stools. With my experimenting, so far, it’s easier to clean out for anal sex by taking Imodium beforehand. It stops everything and also relaxes me. Is this a good idea?
Imodium, a brand name of Loperamide, is a strong drug that stops digestion in the intestines, almost completely.
It’s intended for people with severe, unpredictable or sudden diarrhea or with inflammatory bowel disease.
In other words, it’s for people who are quite sick. If you need to get on a plane or give a speech, you won’t be able to get to a bathroom quickly. It’s helpful in those situations to not to have urgent or explosive diarrhea with little warning.
While it alleviates the symptoms of diarrhea by stopping digestion, it does nothing to treat the underlying problem.
Although I’m not a doctor, it seems an unwise approach. Modifying the body’s natural rhythms can have unknown and negative consequences, especially if done with any regularity.
First, here are a couple of things to consider. Then, I’ll talk about what to do to address the problem of soft stools.
1. A common side effect of loperamide (Imodium) is abdominal cramps.
That won’t put you in a good mood for enjoying sexual intimacy.
Related to this, I suspect that the use of Loperamide will tempt people who choose to use enemas before anal sex to use much more water than is needed or safe (and put it into their colon, rather than limiting the quantity of water to the small amount needed to rinse the rectum. This has many risks including stretching the colon and messing up the normal signals your body relies on to defecate.
Another concern is water retention. If you use too much water in an enema or anal rinse, you risk the water being retained in your colon for 30 or 60 or more minutes. If that happens you might suddenly have an urgent need to release a bunch of water during your anal play session. Not pleasant!
2. Loperamide (Imodium) stops peristalsis.
Peristalsis is the natural rhythmic, contraction of smooth muscles in the intestinal wall push the contents of the canal forward.
These movements are regulated by the enteric nervous system through complex electric signals (neurons) in cooperation with the mechanical properties of smooth muscle.
If you only have anal sex (solo or partnered) every few months it may not be a problem. However, frequently overriding the complex signaling process of your colon might have long term negative consequences. I don’t think there is research about anal sex, but it’s worth noting the reasons some doctors recommend against frequent use of enemas.
3. Loperamide (Imodium) is an opiate
While it can make you temporarily feel good, there are dangers from ongoing use. It can be addictive and having withdrawal symptoms is possible, especially in the case of regular use
When it comes to maximizing anal pleasure and health, anything that distracts you from completely feeling your body in its natural state is a bad idea.
There are a lot of nerve endings in the anal region capable of immense pleasure. They will also warn you via discomfort if you’re doing something that could harm you. So, it’s important to not override those sensations with pharmaceutically induced good feelings.
It’s true that some people have trouble relaxing enough to enjoy anal sex. This has more to do with how you handle stress than it does with your butt. Overriding your nervous system with a drug might help in the short term. However, it may pose health risks.
It’s much better to learn the natural relaxation techniques that will help you enjoy your whole life more, experience less stress, as well as being naturally relaxed for anal sex.
4. Regular soft stools can be an indication of more serious health problems
If you have soft stools often this is a possible indication of an underlying health problem, or of risks for future illness.
For the sake of your long-term health if you have soft stools regularly, this should be addressed in consultation with your physician and possibly a nutritionist. It’s much better to resolve such problems early when changes in diet and lifestyle can prevent the future need for surgery or other serious problems down the road.
How to prevent soft stools for better anal sex
While other medications you take or medical conditions you have might cause soft stools, for many people the culprit is a diet low in fiber and high in sugar and unhealthy fats.
Although common, such a diet can have many long term unhealthy consequences. It puts you at increased risk of heart and kidney disease, painful gallbladder or liver problems, high blood pressure, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
For the best overall health and maximum anal pleasure, your bowel movements should come out in one long strand. It should look like an S shape in the toilet.
Stools should be soft enough to not be broken into small chunks as they come out. They should also be firm enough to stick together and even maintain the S shape of your colon.
When it comes to anal sex, what this accomplishes is that your body expels everything. You’re naturally cleaner because very little sludge is left behind. There’s no painful constipation to cause hemorrhoids or anal fissures which can make anal sex painful.
So, if you want to enjoy anal sex more and feel cleaner back there, stop drinking soda. Lay off the french fries, pizza and packaged foods.
Instead, eat more salads and lean meat. Make sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes. As a simple rule of thumb if the food will go bad quickly, it’s usually much healthier for you than if it comes in a box or a can.
If you are one of the few people already eating a lot of fiber, then you can reduce the soft stools by adjusting your diet to include more soluble fiber and less insoluble fiber.
Above all talk with your doctor about the soft stools and intestinal issues if they are a regular thing. Seriously. Not only will this ensure that you enjoy anal sex more, but you’re likely to have better health as you get older.
The bottom line about loperamide (Imodium) as an anal sex hack
Loperamide (Imodium) is not a good idea for cleaner anal sex. It interrupts your digestion. Regular use could have adverse affects. It also masks your ability to feel, which might limit your capacity to feel anal pleasure.
Since the anal region of your body is so delicate, it’s risky to block sensation with pharmaceuticals. The key to pain free anal sex is learning natural relaxation methods for managing stress.
If you regularly have soft stools, it’s important to discuss this with your doctor. If the problem is not caused by medication or medical problems, the best remedy for soft stools is to eat a healthier diet.