Someone asked us:
My boyfriend refuses to have oral sex because he read somewhere that swallowing semen can get me pregnant. I’ve tried to tell him he’s wrong but he won’t take my word for it. Is there any solid evidence to back me up here?
As a matter of fact, there is! A lot of people worry that anytime (or anywhere) semen enters your body, you can get pregnant. But the truth is, your mouth is not connected to your reproductive organs. And since your mouth isn’t connected to your ovaries, uterus, or vagina, there’s no way to get pregnant from swallowing semen.
That said, you can still get an STD from unprotected oral sex. So using a condom is still a good idea.
It’s also possible that your boyfriend isn’t ready to have oral sex. There are a lot of stereotypes about guys and sexual desire, but the truth is that plenty of guys feel nervous or reluctant about certain sexual stuff. If he’s still really nervous about doing it after you explain the biology stuff to him, give him a little space on the issue.
- Alex at Planned Parenthood