My boyfriend has a balloon fetish and although I find this strange I have been quite supportive. But, recently he has asked, — well how can I put this —he asked me to put one in his rectum and inflate the balloon. I’m okay with doing this for him because I love him, but was wondering if this is safe and won’t hurt him? Thanks.
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Sarah: Go with the ol’ inflatable dildo. These things are made to do exactly what you’re describing, and they’re specifically invented to go in orifices that your standard pack of Party City Mediums are not. Otherwise, good on you for coming at this from a supportive standpoint and not a judgemental one.
Dr. D: Balloon fetishes are not one and the same. Some people just like to watch videos of people sitting on balloons or playing with balloons. This is the first time I’ve heard of someone wanting a balloon inserted in their rectum and inflated. I guess I’m wondering just how the two of you are planning for inflation to happen. If the idea is to insert the balloon and then inflate it with your mouth, that’s probably the safest way because the balloon is unlikely to inflate too quickly. But logistically that seems a little tricky. If you’re thinking of using an air pump or helium, then I have greater concerns. Although people do put inflatable devices in their rectum, those devices typically inflate with a stepwise pump so inflation doesn’t happen too quickly or forcefully. If you two decide to do this, I’d suggest choosing a slow-inflation method so that the inflation happens gradually, thus with minimal risk of pain or discomfort. If at any point it hurts, stop. And whatever you do, do not insert the balloon all the way into his anus. Make sure that enough of it stays outside his body so that you can hold onto it (you may want to tie a string to the bottom to make sure that, even if gets sucked upward a little, you can safely remove it). And if your anal play gets out of hand and the balloon does get sucked up inside him, please involve a healthcare provider in its removal.