Anal Pleasure & Health - book by Down There Press - review by Lady of the Lab

Anal Pleasure & Health

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Your Body Will Thank You

When I bought this book I was excited to learn about anal sensuality beyond the narrow scope of anal sex. I wasn't disappointed. Although the 4th edition of Anal Pleasure and Health was published in 2010, I feel like the information is still relevant three years later. I was able to explore anal sexuality while receiving helpful suggestions for having a relaxed, healthy anus.
+ Good for all experience levels
+ Not narrowly focused on anal sex
+ Discusses the anal taboo
- Writing style can be a bit clinical
- Cover art may be inappropriate for reading in public
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

With the nickname "Dr. Anal," Dr. Jack Morin has earned it by focusing his medical expertise on studying the anus and collaborating with patients to learn from their experiences. He became personally invested in the topic because of experiencing an anal health problem; using his own research, that problem went away. Because Dr. Morin shared his own personal experience with the topic of the book, I felt like he was bringing more than medical insight to the table. Dr. Morin has been featured on The Daily Show during the segment, "Littleford - Rectum? It Nearly Killed 'Em!" (1999). Additionally, he has written 3 previous editions of Anal Pleasure and Health, as well as another book titled The Erotic Mind (1995).
    • Expert author
    • Very personal approach

Content / Style / Audience

If you have an anus, you are the intended audience. The writing style can be a bit textbook-like in certain chapters. However, it is balanced by the author's helpful tone and Dr Morin's clients' personal experiences interspersed throughout. I liked how most of the chapters were structured in three sections as follows: 1. Relevant information; 2. "Experience" (exercises); and 3. "Response" (feelings, blocks, possibilities). Below is an outline of the book divided up into five arbitrary parts for ease of clarification.

Part 1. (pp.xi-xvii, 1-22)
Part 1 may be skipped because its focus is more academic than instructional. //
The book begins with an Introduction that includes Dr. Morin's personal connection and how the fourth edition is different from the previous edition. Chapter 1. What is Anal Pleasure? explains what anal pleasure can be, and at the same time includes several statistics from surveys about anal sex. C.2 Confronting the Anal Taboo discusses the legal and societal reasons why the taboo is still prevalent today.

Part 2. (pp.23-72)
Part 2 concentrates on becoming more comfortable with the anus and learning about the anatomy of the anal area. //
If C.3 How to Use This Book (7 pages) could be summed up in one phrase, it would be make a "no-pain-ever commitment" to your anus. A way to start this commitment is described in C.4 Looking and Touching. A diagram is provided of angles to look at and touch the anus, as well as describing some emotional responses you may have (and advice if you experience a negative response).

C. 5. Beneath the Skin delves into the details of both male and female anatomy in relation to the anus, as well as describing "pelvic exercises" (otherwise known as "Kegel exercises") for becoming more self-aware. C. 6. Mind and Body focuses on how the anus can be a chronic tension zone and what to do about it. C. 7. Inside the Anus explains learning voluntary control and how to prepare your anus for penetration (including douching and lubrication).

Part 3. (pp.73-118)
It's not until Part 3 that the focus shifts to pleasure. //
C. 8. Anal Eroticism outlines the stages of sexual response and how to include anal stimulation during masturbation. C. 9. Discovering the Rectum explains how stimulating the rectum can be pleasurable and introduces butt plugs and fisting (handballing). C. 10. Attitudes Toward Rectal Stimulation illuminates 'psychological and cultural blocks' such as feces, gender roles, and drugs.

Part 4. (pp.119-168)
Part 4's focus is exploring anal sensuality and pleasure with a partner. //
C. 11. Mutual Exploration extensively discusses experiencing anal sensuality with a partner, as well as the safety precautions to take when rimming. C. 12. Anal Intercourse describes what to expect and prepare for with anal penetration, with illustrations of suggested positions for comfort. In C. 13. Realms of Power, power is examined in relation to anal eroticism by discussing 'symbols of power' and how such power can become erotic.

Part 5. (pp.169-237)
The last part of the book wraps up with an Appendix, References and Resources (from 2010), and Index. //
C. 14. Lifetime of Anal Pleasure suggests to continue developing self-awareness and honoring erotic preferences discovered. The Appendix concentrates on anal and rectum health problems, such STD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes. Although the Appendix could be longer, I think that Dr. Morin concisely provided information as a launch pad for communicating with a doctor.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Everyone
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Instructional / educational
    • Text book style


The glossy soft cover features a naked person, with the front featuring the butt. Although indiscreet, the cover does display the beauty of anal sensuality. I can confirm that the 4th edition of the book is 9" long, 6" wide, and 0.5" thick. However the total number of pages is 237, not 280 pages. The binding is sturdy and I thought the organization of the contents made for a enjoyable, albeit dense, read.

The majority of the diagrams are medical figures that are precisely labeled. As a visual learner I thought the inclusion of these diagrams, such as Figure 3. Internal and External Anal Sphincter Muscles, really helped with becoming self-aware.
    • Diagrams / photos included
    • Soft cover
    • Well made


I decided when I bought this book that I would commit to becoming more aware of my body, motivated by health and pleasure. Two of the suggestions from the book are displayed above: examining the anal area with a hand-held mirror (~$8) and using a butt plug (such as the Mood Naughty small). As an alternative to a plug I would suggest the Small Silk dildo.

My experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I was so impressed that I gifted this book to a friend who was interested in anal sexuality. I hope that Edenfantasys will carry this book again because I plan on buying more to give as gifts.
    • Life-changing
Follow-up commentary
This is one of my favorite products I've purchased from EF because it's still relevant as reference material 10 months later (I bought my first copy in August of last year). If Anal Pleasure & Health was still available through EF, I'd probably be adding one to every order because it's the kind of book I would gift to my friends and even libraries.

I would definitely still recommend this book to pretty much anyone interested in learning about anal health.
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  • Beautiful-Disaster
    Thanks for your review.
  • married with children
    thanks for sharing.
  • bayosgirl
  • Herzer
    great review. Looks like an interesting book.
  • mpfm
    Thanks for the review.
  • spiced
    Thanks for a great review. Might be worth searching for a used copy, now that it's discontinued on here.
  • Kitka
    Great review on this book, sounds like a good read!
  • Hummingbird
    I'll be on the look out for this book and learning more about my own body and additional pleasure I can experience. I can definitely see more room for sexual growth here because of your very informative review. Thanks so much!
  • Hummingbird
    Just discovered Amazon has this in stock and a Kindle edition for only $9.90 plus its sold in hard and soft cover too.
  • Lady of the Lab
    @Hummingbird: Yep, luckily this book is offered elsewhere. I'm thinking of buying a 3rd copy to donate to my city's library ^-^ Thank you for commenting, I'm glad my review was helpful~
  • Lady of the Lab
    @C-R-A-Z-Y, married with children, and bayosgirl: Thank you for taking the time & energy to read and rate the review.

    @Herzer: It's been one of the most interesting books I've read in the last year or so, especially since I wasn't expecting personal growth.

    @spiced: Good point about a used copy, especially since there are earlier editions sharing a lot of the same info. as the 4th ed.

    @DynamicKitty: I found it to be worth the money and enjoyable to re-read
  • MrsandMrbunnysoffun
    Thank you for the review. Glad that I read, I hope that they come back with this as well.
  • Lady of the Lab
    @MrsandMrbunnysoffun: Thank you for taking the time & energy to read and rate the review.
  • ImaGodiva
    This looks great, and very nice review. There is so much misinformation out there about anal play/sex, it's nice to see a good source to refer to.
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