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Is anal sex harmful? Thoughts from a gastroenterologist…

So, after this careful analysis, here are my concluding thoughts on anal sex as a healthcare professional specializing in colon and rectal diseases:

Anal sex seems to significantly raise your risk of having fecal incontinence.
You probably just shouldn’t do it.
If you are going to do it anyway, don’t do it too frequently.
It seems like common sense, but use lots of lube.
When finding a partner for anal sex, smaller is probably better.


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A precolonoscopy office visit costs about 123 dollars: Is it worth it?

Here in Long Island, NY where I practice, it seems to be the norm to have a precolonoscopy visit. This visit serves several important purposes in my mind: I can meet the patient, take a history, and make sure they actually need a screening colonoscopy. I can answer all of the above questions in more detail than the primary doctor can. I also get to give them my basic talk about the purpose of a colonoscopy, how and why we remove polyps, the importance of good bowel prep and how to do it, and the small associated risks of a colonoscopy. We can talk about what to do with medications, and where to arrive on the day of the test, and parking, and all those seemingly small details that can make a patient stressed-out about the test for no good reason.

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