Someone asked us:
Q. I was wondering if there are any effects or things to know about oral sex. My boyfriend and I are becoming more sexually active and although not to the point of intercourse, I was concerned about making sure that there aren’t lurking dangers that I haven’t been warned about. Utah’s Sex Ed curriculum is not near informative enough, and I’ve yet to see a gynecologist. Thank you!
Awesome that you’re doing your research and thinking about this ahead of time. Go you!
As for “lurking dangers,” unprotected oral sex does put both partners at risk for some sexually transmitted infections (which don’t always have symptoms), whether they’re giving or receiving genital stimulation. Although the risks of infection are generally quite a bit lower with unprotected oral sex than they are with unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse, using a barrier during oral sex can further decrease those risks.
For safer oral sex, use a condom to cover the penis, or a Sheer Glyde dam, cut-open condom, or plastic wrap to cover the vulva or anus. If you’re at all worried about STDs and want to get tested, or if you decide you do want to have sex and need birth control, you can make an appointment at your local Planned Parenthood health center.
-Nathan at PPFA