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Ask Ashley Answer: Should you Wear a Condom During Oral Sex?

17 Aug

Yes. Although you can not get pregnant from oral sex, it is still possible to get a sexually transmitted infection (STI). STIs are passed by direct skin contact or through body fluids, by these means, STI’s can spread from the genitals to the mouth and from the mouth to the genitals. There is less risk of getting an STI from oral sex than sexual intercourse (herpes being the most common STI spread by oral sex), however THERE IS STILL A RISK.

If you chose to engage oral sex, the best way to protect yourself from STI’s is by using a condom or dental dam. Condoms can be used when performing oral sex on a man (fellatio) and dental dams can be used when performing oral sex on a woman (cunnilingus). Finding and using condoms is very easy. The type of condom to use during oral sex is entirely up to you (flavoured ones can be fun and tasty)! Dental dams (to be used during cunnilingus), can be created in several ways. First, you can cut a condom into a rectangle shape (click the link for detailed instructions: http://www.santepub-mtl.qc.ca/its/pdf/dam.pdf). Although the condom method may be more available, it is not always the safest. Condom-made dental dams can be small and cover a limited area. Second, you can buy Dental Dams to use with your partner although they are often difficult to find. These provide a little more coverage and require less assembly.

Oral sex can be a fun stimulating activity for you and your partner but remember NO GLOVE, NO LOVE!

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

7 responses to “Ask Ashley Answer: Should you Wear a Condom During Oral Sex?

  1. Anonymous

    August 18, 2011 at 1:06 am

    this is clearly the smart thing to do, but do you really use a condom during oral sex with long term partner that you believe is faithful to you?

     
  2. Turned On

    August 18, 2011 at 1:24 am

    ANONYM Asks: Do you really use protection during oral sex with a long term partner?? Particularly when you know they are faithful (or hope) ??

    Ashley’s Answer: That is something that only you and your partner can decide. Using protection is always suggested when engaing in any sort of sexual activity (oral, intercourse, anal), but it is not unusual for seriously committed partners to stop using. If you feel as though it is time to stop using protection with a partner make sure to discuss it with them first, openness and honesty is key. If you and your partner decide to discontinue the use of protection make sure to still see a doctor regularly.

     
  3. anoyn

    August 18, 2011 at 2:20 am

    What’s regularly going to the doc? Every year? 6 months?

     
    • Turned On

      August 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      You should get checked after every time you have ANY KIND (oral, intercourse, anal) of unprotected sex with someone, specifically after the first time. You can get checked at a number of locations; Planned Parenthood, a Woman’s Clinic, your doctor or the hospital.

      Women should also be at the doctor on a regular basis for a pap test. For women between the age of 21 and 30, you should get a pap test annually. After the age of 31, it is a recommended about once every 3 years.

       
  4. Megan Rademacher

    August 18, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I think it is great that you talk about how to make oral sex even safer for both partners. Most look at oral sex as a safe alternative to sex, but really it can be just as harmful to them as sex. Just because you can’t get pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t get other harmful disease. Good subject to discuss to young teenagers on the safe and effective use of oral sex.

     
    • Turned On

      August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Megan, I appreciate your feedback!

       
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