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. This definition excludes sexual intercourse with animals 

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.

Wash the area around (not inside) your genitals with plain warm water. You can try mild soaps, but if you have sensitive skin or you already have an infection, they might dry out or irritate the area. Men with foreskin should gently pull it back and wash underneath.
Fact: As the pre-ejaculate leaves the body, however, it may pick up sperm from a previous ejaculation that remains in the urethra. One study found small clumps ofsperm in the pre-ejaculate fluid of some men. … Such small amounts of sperm can likely be flushed out with urination, although no research has verified this.
Certain factors, such as the presence of any cuts or sores in the mouth, are thought to increase the riskiness of oral sex. Giving oral sex (blow job) to a man has been proven to carry some risk of getting HIV, although most scientists believe the risk is relatively low.
When symptoms do appear they may show up as early as two days after exposure, or take as long as one month. Syphilis: The chancre characteristic of the first stage of syphilis appears, on average, twenty-one days after infection, but may appearanytime between 10 to 90 days after exposure to the bacterium.

However washing or brushing your teeth after oral sex does not completely stop you contacting an STI. SEE: How To Get Rid Of Black Gums

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