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For many years the focus of fear and disgust, the anus is actually one of the human body's most wondrous creations-elegant, efficient, and richly supplied with pleasure nerves. However, stress and ignorance can turn the anus and its functions from a source of delight into a painful disability. What's needed is an owner's manual-and here it is! Join therapist and sexologist Jack Morin, Ph.D., on this tour of the anus, complete with information and exercises to open the door to new sources of comfort and gratification. You'll unlearn habits that can cause everything from hemorrhoids to chronic pelvic pain- and, if you choose, learn new ways of achieving solo and partnered pleasures through this humblest of portals.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DOWN THERE PRESS,U.S.; Revised Third Edition edition (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940208202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940208209
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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188 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting in touch with the most taboo-ed body part October 17, 2001
By A Customer
This book is indispensible reading for anybody thinking of exploring anal eroticism in any or all of its forms. Unlike some writers, Morin spends as much time focusing on using fingers, tongues and toys as he does on intercourse, and he emphasizes becoming comfortable with your body and finding out what (if any) forms of anal stimulation *you* enjoy, rather than making yourself feel inadequate for failing to meet external "goals".
But the "health" part of the title shouldn't be ignored - as well as providing invaluable information on how to make anal play safe and fun for all concerned, Morin also covers the general health of this most-maligned area of the body. His guidance on relaxation and care seems as if it would be useful for anyone with IBS, constipation, haemorrhoids or any other anal or related problem, and his mission to remove shame and pain is equally relevant here.
At first, the novice reader may find themselves getting hopelessly giggly when urged to find out what their anuses are trying to tell them. But keep reading - you may find out more than you bargained for.
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152 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish my doctors had read this book. December 13, 1998
The "Anal Health" part of the title is no joke. From my late teens I was plagued with stabbing cramps, bleeding, and messier symptoms-- doctors cited stress, irritable bowel syndrome, and had nothing to reccommend but yet more fiber. In a matter of short weeks, the relaxation and muscle control exercises in this book cut down the pain I'd suffered for years. This is a must for any general medical practioner, anyone diagonosed with IBS, and, I'm tempted to say, anyone with a butt.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've never learned so much from one book April 23, 2005
My wife to be loves taking charge and now that I've learned the ins and outs of anal pleasure our time together is better than ever. She has always loved using devices on me, but prior to reading this book it was often too unpleasant to enjoy. A little pain good, but too much is too much. This book helped her learn how to deliver, and me to receive, in such a way we hardly have a reason to leave the house anymore.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Significant contribution February 27, 1999
This is one of the most significant books on sexuality.
Jack Morin compassionately confronts one of our most irrational taboos.
As a certified sexologist, I highly recommend this book as a must for anyone - any sex, any sexual orientation - who wishes to increase his or her sexual health and pleasure.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
It's almost a new century--why not make a resolution to explore the thrill of safe anal sex? This is a practical, informative, and mature book. Written by a smart physician who is knowledgeable and experienced himself, I recommended it to a few of my bi and gay male friends. (My wife got curious and ended up sharing it with a close friend of hers, too; it was accepted with relief because so many people are uptight about openly discussing the subject of anal health and pleasure with friends.) Go, ahead--order this book and explore a whole new world. This book will "open up" a new dimension in sexual pleasure for you and your loved one(s).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Information, you couldn't fit more in. May 25, 2001
Sure, alot of "sexual health" books talk about the medical aspects and consequences of our modern lovemaking ways. Some even go on to transcend, the dull sanitary style of our 8th grade health books, by actually unlocking the doors to understanding pleasure. However, I believe that intimacy should precede both. If you feel truly close to the one you are with, you will be more comfortable with each other and you will feel more alive physically and mentally. This day in age, it seems everyone has experimented beyond the social norms of the past. Now we view oral sex as an appetizer of bonding and not cannibalistic ritual. Recently I too, was trying to break new ground with my girlfriend in our intimate encounters. She was very nervous at first, but when my girl inserted the strap-on, I did feel deep intimacy. I have noticed a dramatic change in the dynamic of our relationship, as well as her demeanor. Let it be said that nobody knows more about anal pleasure than the author of "Anal Pleasure & Health": Mr.Jack Morin.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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I typically don't review books on sexual technique, eroticism, etc. However, I do review books on human sexuality and I do it from a unique perspective as one educated both in the hard sciences and psychology. I also have a deep interest in the mind-body connection and human sexuality as an integrating force. In my practice, I see a lot of the fallout from ignorance, acting out and shame, which is what has largely prompted me to write this review.

I initially encountered Jack Morin through his book The Erotic Mind: Unlocking the Inner Sources of Passion and Fulfillment. In my opinion, it is the hands down best book on understanding human sexual fantasy, how this operates in everyday life, etc. My second favorite that talk about evolutionary programming is The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating. Armed with these two books you can get a deep and wide perspective on sexuality with a small investment of time. If I could, I would make them required reading for anyone with a sex drive!!

After reading THE EROTIC MIND, I looked for other books by Jack Morin and discovered this one. I was surprised he wrote a book on anal pleasure and health given his specialty in psychology. I didn't expect much when the book arrived, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a well-researched, broad spectrum treatment of anal eroticsm in all it's aspects. It includes information on physiology, health risks, various practices, "how to" tips, etc.

It is obvious according to research that many heterosexual as well as gay couples explore this territory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative book
This book gets 5 stars, It's a very informative book that removes the shame of Anal Pleasure and speaks to the reader in easy language. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading to be more comfortable with your body
This is a great book that has been out for a while. Its a great learners book on better understanding your body...completely. Everything is open and easy to understand. Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by Bob Gtn
4.0 out of 5 stars Be holistic
This book provides interesting, healthy insight into an often neglected part of the body. Taking a holistic approach to total health: physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual,... Read more
Published on May 19, 2010 by chrys
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A wonderfully sex-positive book. The author writes in a way that really shows awe and respect for the human body. I learned a lot from this and I highly recommend it.
Published on January 19, 2010 by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Gay Man's necessary bookshelf
This is my eleventh copy that I have passed on to younger gay men who are interested in anal play. Absolutely indispensible for knowing what and how to do it. Read more
Published on January 9, 2009 by Lockett F. Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars First and still best
I bought the first edition around 1985 and before I could finish it someone stole it from my library. I bought a new copy and I own the third edition, too. Read more
Published on August 5, 2007 by SevenDelta
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for your bottom dollar <g>
Third edition? Third edition? Hm. I must have missed something.
Anyhow, I have the second edition. Did I buy it from Amazon? No. That was a long time ago, 1995 or so. Read more
Published on March 10, 2004 by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Little Book
I have to say that this book revolutionized my love life between my and my man. I had been plagued with questions about "how" and "where", and this book... Read more
Published on December 5, 2003 by Matt S.
5.0 out of 5 stars has u squirming in ur chair
As a bi male who has been on both ends of the experience, I highly recommend this book. It may be a bit basic in some areas for anal vets, but u can learn some things to. Read more
Published on November 30, 2001 by Tinder noodle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners, but...
This book is loaded with information, how-tos, and so on. It is terrific for the beginner in this area. Read more
Published on October 4, 2001 by Pete
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