Fisting as a Sexual Activity

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Fisting is a type of sexual activity. It involves using the whole hand (fist) to penetrate the body. People engage in both vaginal fisting and anal fisting. Vaginal fisting is inserting the hand inside the vagina. Anal fisting is inserting the hand into the rectum.

Fisting mostly has the same risks as fingering. In addition, due to the size of the object being inserted, there may be an increased risk of tearing.

This, in turn, could increase the risk of STD transmission. Breaks in the skin are more susceptible to infection than intact skin.

If you are engaging in fisting, it is a good idea to use a latex or nitrile glove. Gloves protect both you and your partner. If you have long fingernails, you can pad them with cotton balls and wrap them. Putting on the glove after padding your nails means there's less risk of tearing it.

Gloves are useful in part because they reduce the risk of scratching your partner. Scratches can increase the risk of infection. That's true for ordinary bacterial infections as well as STDs. The space under the fingernails is very dirty! As such, it's a good idea to clean your hands and under your nails before you try fisting. That's true whether or not you are using gloves.

When fisting, you should be prepared to use a lot of sexual lubricant. You should also be prepared to take a lot of time.

Particularly for people who are new to the activity, fisting can be both physically and emotionally overwhelming. It's an activity that can be very enjoyable. However, it needs to be taken slowly. Ideally, it should also be done without a goal in mind. Otherwise, partners can be pushed farther than they may be ready.

Who Includes Fisting in Sex?

People of all sexual orientations engage in both vaginal fisting and anal fisting. It can be done with partners of either gender. Many people enjoy anal penetration. Fisting is one form of that. However, it is not a type of anal sex suitable for beginners. It requires warm-up and practice to insert an object as big as a hand into the body. That's true for both vaginal and anal fisting.

Fisting is not a sexual activity that everyone wants to do. In addition, not everyone feels safe participating in fisting. As with all sexual activities, it is not something you should try to pressure your partner into. If they are uncomfortable with the idea, unready, or uninterested, that is their choice. Some people may also want to try fisting but then decide they do not feel safe going all the way. 

Fisting & Fomites

Fisting may increase the risk of fomite transmission of certain STDs when compared to fingering. Fomite transmission is when STDs are transmitted indirectly, such as by an object or the dirt under fingernails.

Several STDs can live on the hands, or under the fingernails. There is a risk of transmitting these STDs with any finger penetration (or nail biting.) However, fisting may have additional risk over fingering.

That is because there is a greater potential for skin tearing. Micro-tears, or larger tears, can increase a person's susceptibility to STDs. Patience and proper lubrication can help minimize tearing during fisting. 

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