what is oral sex

Whats Oral Sex?

Oral sex, also known as blow job (BJ), giving a head, going down, or oral intercourse, is a type of sexual activity involving the stimulation of persons genitalia by another individual using the mouth, the lips, tongue, teeth or throat to sexually arouse with or without the achievement of an orgasm . Oral stimulation of parts of the body apart from the genitals is usually not regarded as oral sex. Oral sex is often  performed as foreplay to incite sexual arousal before other sexual activities such as vaginal or anal intercourse can take place.

According to the American Sexual health Association, over 80% of sexually active youth and adults ages 15-44 years reported having had oral sex at least once with a partner of the opposite sex. The same survey found that 45% or more of teenage girls and boys (ages 15-19 years) report having had oral sex with a partner of the opposite sex.


Sub Types of Oral Sex


Cunnilingus – is a sub type of oral sex performed on female genitals


Fellatio –Is a sub type of oral sex performed on a male penis


Anilingus – is a sub type of oral sex, that involves the oral stimulation of a person’s(male or female) anus.



What Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Can You Get from Oral Sex?

There are several disadvantages of oral sex. There are several sexually transmitted infections like Genital herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV, Human-papilloma Virus and Trichomoniasis that can be transmitted through oral sex.


How Do I prevent Sexually Transmitted Infection During Oral Sex?

– Practice safe sex and use a condom if you’re going to have oral sex where a penis is involved.


– Remain Faithful to your faithful partner as multiple sexual partners significantly increases your risk of infection.


– Do not brush your teeth after oral sex because abrasions during brushing can provide an easy orifice for disease causing microorganism to gain entrance into your body and cause disease. Washing your mouth with water is safer.


However washing or brushing your teeth after oral sex does not completely stop you contacting an STI.


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