Fisting as a Sexual Activity

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What is Fisting (in sex)?

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.

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 inside the glove to reduce the risk of tearing it. Gloves also reduce the risk of scratching your partner. Scratches can increase the risk of infection. That's not just STDs but bacterial infections. 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 this activity -- 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, it can be both physically and emotionally overwhelming. 

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.

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 theirchoice

Fisting & Fomites

Fisting may increase the risk of fomite transmission of certain STDs, when compared to fingering. Some STDs can live on the hands, or under the finger nails. 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. 

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