All you need to know about ‘going down’ in bed

from Healthy Black Woman


Oral s-x can can be both great for the relationship or stressful.

Making love and intimacy are still a taboo subject for some and even if not taboo, the conversations can be a little uncomfortable. Oral sex is still somewhat taboo as well, even though a recent study showed that 90% of adults have performed or received oral sex with a partner. Almost half of the teens in a recent study also reported that they had also engaged in oral “intimacy”. While oral sex can greatly enhance and boost your lovemaking, there are a few facts that you may not know about.

Oral sex has been linked to throat cancer. If someone had HPV (Human Papillomavirus), this can be spread to the mouth and throat during the act, which can lead to cancer cells. A study in 2007, that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that people who had oral sex with more than six partners were at a greater risk for oropharyngeal cancer.

Oral s-x can can be both great for the relationship or stressful in it. Sex therapist Louanne Cole Weston, PhD, of Fair Oaks, Calif. says,

 “Some experience oral sex as a “relationship strengthener” and “a very intimate connection” shared with a partner. It’s being able to look at the partner and see them going into really very personal space.”

Onthe other hand, one partner may not want to engage in it because they are worried about their performance and that it may be a deal-breaker for the relationship. Others may be more worried about receiving oral sex because they are self-conscious. This can place a strain on the relationship and could negatively affect the couple’s sex life.

Unprotected oral sex is not safe sex. You can still catch STDs such as HPV, herpes, and syphilis through oral sex. It is always a good idea to have your partner tested and get yourself tested before anything takes place to make sure that you are going to be safe while being intimate.


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