Oral sex is a type of a sexual activity that can be done through oral stimulation between partners. It can be done for a lot of reasons, whether you want to spice up your relationship, you’re not ready to have sex, or just want to try something new! However, although oral sex can be an exciting sexual activity to try, there are also some precautions to take, as well. Keep reading to learn about what oral sex is, common myths, and how to stay safe while doing it!
What is Oral Sex?
Oral sex is a sexual activity that uses your mouth, lips, and/or tongue to stimulate another person’s genitals. It can involve, but not limited to sucking or licking a penis, vagina, vulva, clitoris and/ or an anus. It can involve any combination of partners, whether it’s a man stimulating a woman, a woman stimulating a woman, or a man stimulating a man or any other combination out there!
Common Myths Answered
No! – It is absolutely impossible to get pregnant from oral sex, even if the ejaculation is swallowed. The only way to get pregnant from ejaculation or pre-ejaculation is if it enters into the vagina. When ejaculation is swallowed, it enters the stomach and never interacts with vaginal organs.
Yes! – When engaging in oral sex many people don’t even think about what sexual fluids can do to your mouth. However, just like you would brush your teeth after eating a meal, you should do this after oral sex, too! This is because semen is often acidic and can damage your teeth if you don’t brush after oral sex.
Yes! – Contrary to popular belief many STIs can be contracted through oral sex. For example, herpes can be contracted due to the skin-to-skin contact that happens during oral sex. Other STIs can infect your throat due to oral sex like gonorrhoea and chlamydia, and more serious STIs that can infect you include syphilis, hepatitis B and HPV.
No! – Whether it’s oral sex or sexual penetration, infections will be spread if barrier protection is not used. This means a condom or dental dam must be used in order to defend against the spread of disease. Any sort of mouth rinsing, whether it’s alcohol, soap and water, or whatever else that is thought of will not protect against an STI.
Yes! – It’s always important to practice safe sex when engaging in sexual activities, including oral sex. Keep reading to find out ways to stay safe while having oral sex!
How to Practice Safe Oral Sex
The best way to practice safe oral sex is to have the receiver of the oral sex wear a dental dam or condom. This is the best protection because it acts as a barrier from any possible infection and your mouth. Other ways to reduce the risk of STIs is avoiding oral sex if you or someone else has an STI, has cuts or ulcers in their mouth or genitals, or if the giver of the oral sex has a throat infection. These are all signs that increase the likelihood of spreading an STI, so it’s important to avoid situations that involve these risks.
Overall, oral sex is a fun activity to change up your sex life, but it still requires protection and consent. Whether it’s to spice up your sex life, trying something new, or prefer oral sex, remember to use a barrier method to avoid contracting any STIs. As long as both partners are on the same page with the exploration, have fun and enjoy!
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