The belief that oral sex is a safer alternative to vaginal intercourse as it prevents both pregnancy and STDs has been driving millions of teenagers to practise it. Although, it’s a personal choice, the risk factors of oral sex and some erroneous ideas about it must be made clear to sexually active teens.
Fact 1— You can’t conceive through oral sex. Oral sex does not carry the threat of unwanted pregnancy as the semen is ejaculated in the mouth or on the body. There is a minor risk of pregnancy if the sperm is exposed to the vagina.
Fact 2— Oral sex is considered unhygienic, though an individual’s hygiene depends on his inbred habits and routine. Hygiene becomes a concern if oral sex is practiced with multiple partners; between a couple, it should not be an issue.
Fact3— Sex is not as alien an issue among teenagers as it was before. Most teens indulge in sexual activities and therefore, they must be made aware that oral sex does not eliminate the risk of STDs or STIs, such as genital herpes, HIV, syphilis and Chlamydia.
Throat Cancer Risk— In a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, it was stated that oral sex increases the risk of throat cancer. Researchers, who conducted the study, found that oral sex is not the real culprit, but the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can get transmitted from person to person by mouth or contact of sex organs.
HIV Infection Risk— Due to the widespread practise of oral sex among teens, there is a growing concern about the transmission of HIV virus. Although, oral sex is much safer than vaginal or anal sex, it still carries a significant risk of transmission of diseases. To be safe, a man should avoid ejaculating in the mouth and a woman should refrain from having oral sex during her menstrual cycles. Ulcer in the mouth while having oral sex is another risk factor of HPV.
Bacterial Infections Risk— Practicing oral-anal sex or anilingus, which involves the contact of the anus of one person and the mouth of the other possesses the risk of transferring bacteria, viruses or parasites. These can result in the contraction of a number of viral infections, such hepatitis A/B or C and other health issues, such as HPV, irregular bowel movements, herpes infection, intestinal parasites and Chlamydia.
STDs Risk— Other than HIV infection, practising oral sex may result in acquiring sexually transmitted diseases if your partner is infected with HIV. Fellatio, commonly known as blowjob, may lead to gonorrhoea. Sexually active young people are at the risk of developing syphilis and chlamydia.