Oral sex doesn’t won't cause unintended pregnancy, but it could cause some other unintended issues. Some teens like to “play it safe” by having oral sex rather than vaginal or anal sex because they might think it’s less risky. The truth is that having oral sex is NOT totally risk free.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), such as herpes, HPV, gonorrhea, and syphilis can all be transmitted by having unprotected oral sex. It is rare, but even chlamydia get be passed by oral sex. If you want the pleasure of enjoying STD-free oral sex with your partner, then it’s important that both of you get tested for STDs. We know this can be a difficult, embarrassing, and awkward conversation to have with your partner, but your health and your partner’s health are on the line.
There are dental dams, square-shaped latex, available at some convenience stores for use during oral sex. They act as a barrier between your partner’s genitalia and/or anus and your mouth. Another barrier you can use is a condom. There are both internal (aka "female") condoms and external (aka "male") condoms. Condoms are effective at preventing pregnancy AND protecting against giving or getting STDs.There are even flavored condoms you and your partner can use to sweeten up the pleasure while having oral sex! Condoms are bland and boring, say what? Never again!
Click here to learn how you can make your own dental dams from condoms.
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This blog was reposted from TeenSource.org, a project of Essential Access Health. TeenSource.org is an online hub for comprehensive and teen-friendly information on birth control, STDs, relationships and teen’s rights to accessing sensitive services. The site features youth-developed blogs and videos, a clinic finder, a Condom Access Project and links to TeenSource social media where youth can stay updated on relevant sexual and reproductive health information and news.