Whenever you see the word “oral” you know that the person is talking about something to do with the mouth. When someone talks about taking medicine orally, it means they are taking the medicine via their mouth, and when someone does an oral exam it means that they speak their answers using their mouth.
So, when someone talks about oral sex, you know it will also have something to do with the mouth.
There are a few ways to have oral sex. Oral sex usually involves contact between the mouth and the genitals. Genitals include the anus, penis, testicles and vagina.
Slang terms for oral sex are “giving head” or giving a “blowjob” when giving oral sex on a penis, or “muffing” when giving oral sex to someone with a vagina. “Rimming” is the slang term for oral sex on a person’s anus. A “blowjob” can be when a person sucks or licks another person’s penis with their mouth. It is dangerous to try and blow into someone’s penis, even if it is called a “blowjob,” this should be avoided. Another form of oral sex is when the mouth is used to lick or kiss anywhere around another person’s anus or genitals.
Many people think that oral sex is a safe way to have sex, but the truth is that it can expose you to sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Giving or receiving oral sex can put you at risk of HPV, which is the virus that causes genital warts. You can also be at risk of getting infected with the herpes virus and hepatitis too. You can’t always see if a person has an STI, which is why it can be tricky to know if someone has one or not. But, if you see someone has sores, blisters, or warts anywhere on their mouth or genitals, they might have one of the STIs we mentioned.
How can you enjoy oral sex in a safer way? Using condoms (especially flavoured-condoms) can prevent you from getting some of these STIs, and if you cut a condom in half and use it as a barrier between your tongue/mouth and the other person’s genitals, it can also prevent you from getting any of these STIs.
Don’t be afraid to speak to your local doctor or clinical nurse about STIs if you suspect that you might have an STI. Many of them can easily be treated and only become a problem if you ignore them and don’t go for treatment.