Is Oral Sex Right for Me? 5 Things Every Teen Should Know Before Taking The Plunge

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By Adriana, TeenSource Intern

Oral sex happens when the mouth comes into sexual contact with either a penis, vagina or anus. And it's important to know that oral sex is a personal choice. While some may find it very pleasurable and fun, others do not like it - and that's okay!

Whatever you decide, here are 5 things you should know before going down on someone or having someone go down on you:

  1. Although you CAN NOT get pregnant from engaging in oral sex, you CAN still get a sexually transmitted disease (STD). STDs are made up of different kinds of bacteria and viruses carried in body fluid like semen and vaginal discharge that can make you really sick if your body gets infected by them.
  2. Talk to your partner about their sexual history. Both you and your partner should visit a local clinic and get tested before having oral sex to make sure it’s completely safe.
  3. If you're unsure of your partner’s sexual history, always use a condom when giving or receiving oral sex. You can get an STD from an infected mouth or from an infected penis, vagina or anus if no protection is used during sex.
  4. Never let anyone pressure you into giving or receiving oral sex. As mentioned before, IT IS A PERSONAL CHOICE! Consider your personal values before making your final decision. 
  5. Getting an STD is a serious problem. It may lead to health problems such as infertility (not being able to have children) or even death. STDs are highly common among teens so it's important to know the facts and get yourself tested! Use our Clinic Finder to locate a clinic near you.