Friday, March 30th, 2012

FAQs on ORAL SEX

My boy friend insists that I should perform oral sex on him, whenever I deny regular sex. However, I am not comfortable with the idea, I have talked with my girl friends, and they suggest that it’s the best way to enjoy sex without the fear of pregnancy. Please advise. Ayesha (name changed)

We receive many emails from readers on concerns, inhibitions and reluctance over oral sex. Hence My Health Guardian team decided to get in touch with Dr Rajan Bhonsle, eminent sexologist to clear your misconceptions on the subject.

1. Is oral sex natural?
For centuries oral sex has been disapproved of and has even been considered unnatural. However, the fact is that oral sex is a kind of stimulation given by the partner with his mouth and lips to the receiving partner on his/ her genitals. Many people, both men and women love receiving and giving it.

2. Do I have to give oral sex if I deny regular sex?
Oral sex is a pleasurable act, but under no circumstance it is a consolation prize for denying regular sex. Before you get down to it, you have to be absolutely comfortable with the idea, and if you are not STOP.

3. How do I handle hygiene concerns in oral sex?
This is a frequently asked question. Men and women: do try to shower before you get frisky under the sheets. Women should keep the genital area clean but avoid douching, as it can interfere with the normal pH balance of vagina.

4. Isn’t oral sex dirty?
No, it’s not. Your mouth has more germs than clean genitals.
5. Which STDs are transmitted via oral sex?
If a person is infected with any of the following STDs, there is a risk they could transmit the infection via oral sex.

  • The most common STD transmitted via oral sex is herpes. There are two main types of herpes simplex virus (HSV): HSV type 1, which usually causes cold sores around the mouth, and HSV type 2, which generally causes sores around the genitals. If a person has HSV type 1 and they give oral sex to another person, the herpes could be transmitted to the genital area of the other person, causing genital sores. This process can also work in reverse, with HSV-2 transmitting from the genitals to the mouth of the other person during oral sex, though this is rare.
  • Gonorrhoea can easily be transmitted via oral sex. The infection is usually passed from infected genitals to a person’s throat, but can also be passed from an infected throat to a person’s genitals. The body will almost always naturally clear the throat of the bacteria that cause gonorrhoea within three months, although infections in the genital tract will usually require antibiotics to cure.
  • Syphilis is easily transmitted during oral sex if a person’s mouth comes into contact with an open sore or a skin rash caused by the infection.
  • It is possible (but thought to be not very common) for the human papillomavirus, which causes genital warts, to be transmitted through oral sex.
  • Chlamydia can infect the throat via oral sex, although this is thought to be uncommon.
  • Hepatitis B is contained in sexual fluids and blood and may be transmitted during oral sex in a similar way to HIV.
  • Hepatitis C is generally only contained in blood, and will only be transmitted if there is blood present during oral sex.

6. What thumb rules have to be followed in oral sex?

The most important rule to follow is to have safe sex, even when indulging in oral sex. When giving oral sex to a man (fellatio) use condoms. There are flavoured condoms too available which can add fun to the act. Similarly, vaginal secretions can have virus. For safe oral sex, use plastic wrap (the regular household kind), or a dental dam, or a condom (unlubed, flavored if you want) cut up the side and keep it flat against the entire genital area, as a barrier.

7. When should you avoid oral sex?

Certainly, when your mouth is not in good health, like if there is a cut, sore throat or gum infection. Avoid it when the woman is menstruating, or your partner is suffering from genital infections.

8. Is it okay to swallow semen?

Only, if you are comfortable with the idea and only when you are in a monogamous relationship.

The last word on oral sex is that you should be enthusiastic about it and shouldn’t be coerced into doing it.

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