Thinking of a new way to get close this Vday? Oral sex isn't as risk-free as you think

So you’ve decided to have oral sex with your partner… what comes next? Oral sex isn’t as risk-free as you might think.

Take these steps to ensure you’re playing it safe.

Some couples like to dabble in oral sex as a safer alternative to vaginal or anal sex. Here are some common Q&A’s about oral sex:

  • Can I get Pregnant? The answer to this question is No. You cannot get pregnant from oral sex.
  • What about STD’s? If you have oral sex, you are still at risk for contracting STD’s like Herpes, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
  • How do I reduce the risks? Condoms, Condoms, Condoms. Both male and female condoms are effective at preventing pregnancy AND protecting against getting or giving STDs. Dental Dams, are also a good option when performing oral sex. The small, square shaped piece of latex serves as a barrier from skin to skin contact.

Don’t like the taste of latex or the smell? Don’t worry. There are condoms in almost any flavor!


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