Anal sex statistics

By Farid N. / February 08, 2022

As today’s world becomes more aware of different trends, we also become more curious about different bedroom habits. Some of them are still taboo and remain hidden by social stigma. One of these is anal sex, which is creating noise when it comes to how people are trying and enjoying it.

What is Anal Sex?

Anal sex is defined as the type of sexual activity that involves the anal area (bottom).

This type of sexual intercourse involves:

  • Penetrating the anus with the penis
  • Penetrating the anus using fingers or sex toys, such as vibrators, butt plugs, and dildos
  • Oral sex, which is done by stimulating the anus using the tongue or mouth)

Anal sex may be a topic that is getting less taboo nowadays. Like any other sexual activity, correct information is needed to ensure that it will be safe for you and your partner. Make sure to prepare your mind and body and communicate well before doing it.

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Key Takeaways

  • 35 – 55% have tried anal sex (both genders)
  • People have anal sex an average of 2.57 times 
  • 42% of the ones that practice anal sex say they like it
  • 85% of gay men have tried anal sex
  • 52.8% of the ones that have tried anal sex have used Anal Toys or Fingers on their own body
  • 1 out of 10 is very uncomfortable with talking about anal sex
  • Search volume for anal sex videos increased by 120% from 2009 to 2015
  • Possible side effects of anal sex; Increased Risks of STIs, Colon perforation, Worsen hemorrhoids, and Increased risk of fistula

Statistics on Americans Who Have Tried Anal Sex

  • 28% of Americans have never tried anal sex
  • 35-55% have tried anal sex
  • 69% of women have bottomed compared to 32% of men who tried it

Statistics on the Frequency of Anal Sex Each Month 

  • Americans have anal sex at an average of 2.57 times 
  • Gay/lesbians partake about 6.91 times
  • Identified straight have anal sex about 1.85 times 
  • Bisexuals have anal sex about 3.05 times
  • Men have anal sex about 3.13 times
  • Women have anal sex about 1.66 times

Statistics on How Americans Enjoyed Anal Sex/Butt Play

  • 42% say it’s significantly or somewhat more pleasurable
  • 20% stated it’s significantly or somewhat  less pleasurable
  • 38% say it’s just the same

Statistics On How Many Men Have Topped or Bottomed 

  • 84.9% have tried both topping and bottoming 
  • 94.3% have bottomed
  • 90.6 have topped

Statistics on What Types of Anal Play Have Americans Tried

  • Anal Sex (72.1%)
  • Using Anal Toys or Fingers on their own body (52.8%)
  • Using Anal Toys or Fingers with Someone Else (48.9%)
  • Analingus – Received (42%)
  • Analingus – Given(41.6%)

How Comfortable Are Americans On Discussing Topics About Anal Sex

As topics about anal sex become less taboo, the following statistics show how comfortable Americans are in discussing this topic:

  • 44.3% said that they are somewhat or very comfortable talking about anal sex
  • 21.3% stated they are somewhat uncomfortable
  • 11.9% mentioned that they are very uncomfortable
  • 22.4% of the respondents stated they are neutral when it comes to discussing anal sex

Statistics on What Types of Anal Play Each Generation Has Tried

Anal Sex

  • Gen Z: 69%
  • Millennials: 74.0%
  • Gen X: 69.0%


  • Gen z: 16.1%
  • Millennials: 17.7%
  • Gen X: 14.0%

Anal Toys or Fingers (Self)

  • Gen Z: 63.7%
  • Millennials: 53.2%
  • Gen X: 40.30%

Anal Toys or Fingers (Someone Else)

  • Gen Z: 43.5%
  • Millennials: 52.7%
  • Gen X: 38.8%

Analingus (Received)

  • Gen Z: 35.7%
  • Millennials: 43.7%
  • Gen X: 41.9%

Analingus (Given)

  • Gen Z: 41.7%
  • Millennials: 41.9%
  • Gen X: 37.2%

The above data show that millennials are the most likely generation that has tried anal sex, pegging, and other types of butt play. A lot of Gen Z respondents, on the other hand, have also tried certain kinds of butt play, compared to Gen X and Millennials.

Additional Statistics on the Normalization of Anal Sex

  • Search volume for anal sex videos increased by 120% from 2009 to 2015
  • 35% of women and 15% of men are engaging in anal sex in 2017
  • In 2014, the majority of the 130 teens surveyed said that they had engaged with anal sex and it was often painful.

Common Myths About Anal Sex

  • Anal sex is for gay men only.
  • Anal sex is dangerous.
  • You just need to spit, instead of using lube, when doing anal sex.
  • Anal sex is still going to hurt.
  • You will poop while doing anal sex.

Tips On How to Enjoy Anal Sex

  • Only have anal sex if you’re excited about it (not because someone forced or convinced you).
  • Relax your body and mind.
  • Prep and clean your entire body.
  • Understand that anal sex will feel very different than vaginal sex.
  • Discuss with your partner if you are going to use a condom during anal sex.
  • Use plenty of lube and make sure it’s the right type for you.
  • Start anal sex with a slow,’doggy-style sex position.
  • Introduce or experiment with toys to your anal play.
  • Avoid focusing too much on the butt.

Possible Side Effects of Anal Sex

  • Increased Risks of Transmitting Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs)
  • Colon perforation
  • Worsen Hemorrhoids
  • Increased risk of fistula

Risk Factors Associated with Unprotected Anal Intercourse

  • frequent drug use
  • partnerships with incarcerated men
  • binge alcohol use
  • multiple partnerships
  • exchange sex partnerships