People believe that oral sex can’t give you any STDs. But that’s not true. Unprotected oral sex exposes you to the risk of sexually transmitted diseases like herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, HPV and even HIV. Using a condom or a dental dam can protect you from these diseases and let you enjoy oral sex.
A woman can only get pregnant when the man’s sperm comes in contact with the egg in her fallopian tube. So oral sex can’t get you pregnant, not even when the woman swallows the man’s semen.
Swallowing semen doesn’t cause any damage if it doesn’t come from a person who is infected by a sexually transmitted disease. Semen mostly contains some sugars and proteins, contents that don’t cause harm by themselves. But if you don’t feel like swallowing semen during oral sex, you don’t have to – just tell your partner you’re not happy to do it.
You don’t only reach an orgasm from vaginal or anal sex. Oral sex can also give you an orgasm. In fact studies have found that a lot of women find it easier to orgasm with oral sex than vaginal sex.
If you and your partner live up to basic standards of cleanliness, oral sex won’t be unhygienic. But in case you find yourself or your partner sweaty and sticky from the day’s work, jump into the shower together and gently wash each other before you engage in some oral pleasure!
In some cultures, couples are more open to having oral sex than others. Some cultures even view oral sex as taboo, unnatural and sinful. Although your ideas about oral sex may depend on your cultural background, in this myth buster series, all we’re trying to do is provide scientific facts.
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