What is oral sex?

Often oral sex is part of the foreplay process. It often involves the genitals and the mouth. Oral sex for women is called cunnilingus. Cunnilingus stimulates the women with the tongue into her vagina. Oral sex for men is called fellatio. This is when men have their penis sucked, licked and kissed.

Is oral sex safe?

It is documented that unprotected oral sex is presumably much more safer than unprotected anal sex or even unprotected vagina intercourse. For one, the lining of the anus is thinner and more susceptible to breakage than the mouth. Besides, getting semen out from the mouth is much easier than from the anus. Hence, is it totally safe? Not at all. There are many risk factors that you may not be aware of. Like unprotected sex, unprotected oral sex has its risk as well. Gums or teeth diseases are an open door to receiving STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). It is known that herpes can be can be transmitted from genitals to mouth or mouth to genitals during unprotected oral sex. It is also a fact that the risk is much lower for the receiver, that is, the person being sucked or licked than the person performing that acts. For the person performing the act, the risk of transmission would be much lower if your gums are healthy and if you do not let the man come in your mouth, or if it is a woman, if she is not menstruating. Such preventive measures are always not sufficient. You may have cuts or ulcers in your mouth that you may not be aware of. Besides, a man is unable to tell you when he is ejaculating.

How to make oral sex safer?
  1. One of the most effective barrier is to use a condom when performing fellatio on a man. Many people would complain that condoms have a rubbery taste and lessens the sensation on the penis. Spermicides on the condoms may also numb the tongue. However, there are many condoms available. Use a condom with taste or a condom that is thinner.
  2. When performing cunnilingus on a woman, you can use a latex dental dam instead. Dental dams are effective prevention of STDs in oral sex. Most dental dams are manufactured with flavors to cater to different tastes.
  3. For preventive measures, for the man, avoid coming in someone's mouth. Spit out the semen immediately.
  4. Should a sore or discharge appears on your partner's penis, or if you suscept a weird odor or sores on the vagina, avoid having oral sex or sex for that matter.
  5. Do not brush or floss your teeth right before you have oral sex. Flossing and brushing may tear the lining of the mouth, increasing the exposure to viruses. If you wish to freshen your breath before kissing, try a mouthwash instead.
  6. Avoid deep thrusting in oral sex. Such highly physical form of oral sex may increase the risk of infection because they may cause damage to the throat tissues increase susceptibility for throat-based gonorrhea, herpes and abrasions. top
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