A lot of people have heard about oral sex, know what it involves, but unfortunately, not enough people know the facts about it.
The following are not misconceptions, notions, they are simply hard facts sexually active people should know before performing fellatio or cunnilingus on their partner.
- Sperm gotten from oral sex fights depression- A 2012 study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior found seminal fluid may contain antidepressant properties and may significantly lower depression in women who had oral sex and sexual intercourse.
- Oral sex can cause cancer- A 2011 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found the proportion of cancers associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) rose from 16 percent to 72 percent from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, particularly among Caucasian middle-age men. The sexually transmitted disease (STI) can cause genital warts or present itself without symptoms. If it’s left untreated, it can also cause cancers including cervix, anus, penis, vagina, and head and neck, among many others.
- Swallowing sperm eases morning sickness- A 2012 paper written by SUNY-Albany psychologist Gordon Gallup suggests pregnant women who swallow the father’s semen can actually cure their episodes of morning sickness. Although, the woman’s body will reject the father’s semen upon ingestion, then react to it by vomiting, her body will build up a tolerance to it and alleviate the morning sickness symptoms.
- Men give oral sex too, especially older men- Contrary to the popular opinion that men do not like giving sex, the fact is that men DO like giving oral sex. A 2010 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found only 55 percent of men in the 20 to 24-year-old range admitted to giving oral sex in the past year compared to 75 percent of women. In the 30 to 39 age range, 69 percent of men have given women oral sex compared to 59 percent of women. This pattern suggests that the more you age, the more reciprocal you are in oral sex.
- Oral sex reduces the risk of contracting preeclampsia- A 2000 study published in the Journal of Reproductive Immunology found in women a strong correlation between a diminished incidence of preeclampsia and the frequency at which a woman practices oral sex. The researchers believe this occurs because of the development of immunological tolerance via oral insertion and gastrointestinal absorption of the semen. This supports the notion that a greater frequency of sex with the same partner who is the father of a woman’s child, can significantly decrease her chances of developing preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys.
- STDs can be gotten from oral sex- Although, STDs are commonly transmitted through vagina and anal sex, oral sex can also put you at risk for them. HPV, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and hepatitis B can all be spread through oral sex.