Hello, #MomentumLovers. It’s me, Dr. Drai, talking about sex and sexual health to keep you safe, happy, and healthy. Back in the days, talk of oral sex was considered taboo. Be it heterosexual or homosexual oral sexual activities, people will give you scandalized stares if you even hint of the subject in a conversation. But that was then. Now that we live in a more liberated society, more and more people are starting to open up to the idea of oral sex.
Oral sex includes all sexual activities that involve the use of the mouth. This may include the use of the teeth, tongue, and throat to stimulate the genitals. Cunnilingus is the term used for oral sex performed on a woman, and fellatio refers to oral sex performed on a man. Analingus, on the other hand, refers to oral stimulation of the anus. Couples engage in oral sex as part of the foreplay before intercourse, or during or after intercourse. It can also be done for its own sake.
Benefits and Risk
Oral sex is beneficial in the sense that it is an extraordinarily effective way of helping a woman reach her climax. The extra stimulation provided by the tongue may help bring a woman to greater heights during orgasm. It can also help men who have minor difficulty obtaining an erection with the stimulation provided by a woman’s mouth, tongue, and throat. The best benefit of oral sex is that it cannot get you pregnant. Since there will be no direct contact of the genitals in this activity, a man’s sperm will not be able to reach a woman’s egg cell for fertilization.
Hearing of these benefits might entice you to be more liberal in engaging in oral sexual activities. However, there are risks you might want to consider before doing it. Engaging in oral sex may prevent you from getting pregnant, but it does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.
Considering the risks of STI discussed above, prevention now comes to mind. Avoiding oral sex immediately negates any bacterial infections you might get from oro-genital or oro-anal intercourse. But since it is an enjoyable part of couples' sex lives, the earlier advice may sound impractical. Engaging in a clean, monogamous sexual relationship would minimize the chances of incurring sexually transmitted diseases. Also, condoms and dental dams may also be used to protect from passing on or getting infections from your partner’s genital or anal area. Knowing how to prevent being infected ensures that you can continually enjoy the pleasure of oral sex.
Thank you for reading this #MomentumLovers! As always...I'm Dr. Drai a board-certified OBGYN, sexual health expert, and founder of Momentum Intimacy. Through my FDA-approved condom & lubricant line called Momentum, I help people improve their intimacy and have a more satisfying sex life.