Oral Sex Q&A
What’s the big deal about oral sex? It’s safe and it won’t get you pregnant, right? It’s not even real sex.
These are questions and comments we hear from clients. Questions and comments based on assumptions they have made about oral sex and the risks involved. Sometimes they have good information, sometimes, not so much. Most of their information comes from stories they’ve heard, their friends, and sometimes their own experiences. Because of the misinformation out there about oral sex, we thought we’d do a Question and Answer post. We want to set the record straight and provide you with some reliable information to help you make good, healthy decisions.
Q.What is oral sex?
A. Oral sex is any contact between the genitals of one person and the mouth and/or tongue of another.
Q. Is oral sex even real sex?
A. Many refer to vaginal intercourse or coitus as “real sex”. This is when the penis penetrates into the vagina. However, sexual intercourse as defined by dictionary.com also includes a secondary definition of sex as any genital contact other than vaginal sex. So yes, by definition oral sex is still sex.
sexual intercourse n.*
1. Coitus between humans.
2. Sexual union between humans involving genital contact other than vaginal penetration by the penis.
Q. I can’t get pregnant from oral sex, can I?
A. No. As long as there is no vaginal sex, or vaginal contact with semen, you won’t get pregnant. But, oral sex often leads to a desire for more physical contact and in the heat of the moment, can lead to vaginal sex.
Q. So if I can’t get pregnant, is oral sex safe sex?
A. The answer to this one is clear. Oral sex is not safe sex. Like other methods of sex, oral sex presents a risk of serious, sometimes untreatable and life-threatening sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Both men and women are at risk of catching STDs through oral sex, just as with vaginal and anal sex. Oral sex is known to spread diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, genital herpes, HPV and HIV. Some of these are curable with antibiotics, some are treatable but not curable and as mentioned, some are life threatening.
If you think you might have contracted a STD from oral sex, you should seek testing and treatment immediately. Collage offers complimentary testing for both Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (308) 234-9880 in Kearney, or (308) 675-2217 in Grand Island.
Do you have other questions about oral sex we haven’t answered? If so, leave your question in the comments section and one of our staff will answer them for you.
*Dictionary.com – http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sexual-intercourse?s=t