Experts warn against using saliva during s*x

January 25th 2023, 4:08:00 pm

Oral s*x or using saliva as lubrication is just an exchange of bacterium that cannot co-exist.

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The gist

During sex, instant lubrication might be required for penetration and the only option might be saliva.

But it is also vital during oral sex, the whole point of oral sex is the mouth (containing saliva) making contact with the vagina, but is it healthy?

Why should we care?

Doctors and health experts are saying that there is an increase in fungal and bacterial infections in women's vaginas and the reason is saliva.


Doctors say that humans have a lot of bacteria in their mouths called oral microflora which harms the vagina.

Those giving head or oral pleasure to women are at risk because the vagina has a bacterium called lactobacillus and candida albicans which are good bacteria for the vagina, but they shouldn’t be found in the mouth.

Men could also get herpes, gonorrhoea, and syphilis from giving women oral sex, while women can bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection from using saliva as lubrication.

Additional information

Is saliva a good lubricant?

One of the worst lubricants you can use is saliva. Why is this?

  1. It dries too quickly so it hardly lubricates.
  2. It can cause tears in the vagina because of forceful entry.
  3. It can cause the vagina to have a horrible smell and discharge if the person has a mouth odour.
  4. STIs are transmitted to and fro the mouth.

If couples want lubrication, they can engage in foreplay or buy store-bought lubricant.

Temi Iwalaiye
Temi Iwalaiye is a lifestyle Reporter at Pulse. She loves to write - about anything and everything.


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