You might not be doing it already but generally, it is recommended to use a condom during oral sex to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections. However, the decision to use a condom during oral sex ultimately depends on your personal risk factors and the level of protection you are comfortable with.
If you or your partner are at risk of STIs, it is especially important to use a condom(men), and a dental dam(women) during oral sex to protect yourselves. To lower the risk of infection, you and your partner must be tested.
This post is going to take you through oral STIs and why you need to use a condom during oral sex.
Are oral STIs common?
Some sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted through oral sex, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. However, the prevalence of these STIs varies widely depending on a number of factors, including the specific STI, and the specific sexual practices being considered.
In comparison to vaginal or anal sex, oral sex generally carries a lower risk of STI transmission but it is still possible to get infected through oral intercourse. This is because the lining of the mouth and throat is less susceptible to infection compared to the lining of the genitals or anus.
However, there is still a chance of transmission during oral sex, particularly if the person receiving oral sex has an STD and the person giving oral sex has open sores or cuts in the mouth. Always engage in safe sex to ensure your safety.
It is also important to get tested regularly for STIs and to communicate with your partner about your sexual health history.
What to know about barrier method during oral sex
Barrier methods are types of contraception that create a physical barrier between the mucous membranes of the mouth or genitals and the exchange of bodily fluids during sexual activity.
Use barrier methods at all times(oral, vaginal, anal) to reduce the risk of infections. Condoms are the most commonly used during oral sex for people practicing safe sex. They are made from latex or other suitable materials to cover the penis or sex toy
Using a condom lowers the risks of infection always.
Another barrier method is a dental dam which is often used during oral sexual intercourse. They are placed over the vulva or anus during oral-genital or oral-anal contact.
It is essential to use barrier methods consistently and correctly during oral sex to maximize their effectiveness. This includes using a new condom or dental dam for each act of oral sex and checking that the condom or dental dam is not damaged or expired before use.
It is also important to remember that barrier methods do not provide complete protection against STIs or unintended pregnancy. It is always a good idea to practice safe sex and to communicate with your partner about your sexual health history.
Note: Oral sex with a condom is only possible with men. For women, dental dams come in handy.
How to use condoms(men) and a dental dam(women) during oral sex.
Instructions for using a condom during oral sex for men.
- Open the condom package carefully, being careful not to tear the condom.
- Carefully wear your condom as required. Talk to your doctor or sex therapist if you do not know how to put on a male condom.
- Gently squeeze the tip.
- Perform oral sex as desired.
- Discard the condom immediately after you are through.
Instructions for using a dental dam during oral sex for women.
- Open the package of the dental dam carefully, careful not to tear it.
- Place the dental dam over the vulva and anus area.
- Perform oral sex as desired.
- Discard it immediately after you are through.
Reasons to Use A Condom During Oral Sex
1. To reduce the risk of STDs and UTIs.
Oral sex can make you susceptible to STIs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia as well as HIV. Using a condom during oral sex can help reduce the risk of spreading.
To protect against unintended pregnancy.
2. To reduce the risk of genital herpes.
Genital herpes is a viral infection that can be transmitted through oral sex. A condom can help lower the risk of spread during oral sex.
3. To reduce the risk of HPV.
A condom can also help lower the risk of spreading HPV during oral sex. There are many other STIs that can be transmitted through oral sex, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and trichomoniasis. A condom can help lower the risk of spread during oral sex.
What to know about using a condom during oral sex about sensation and taste if it is your first time
Using a condom during oral sex can affect sensation and taste for both the person performing oral sex and the person receiving it. The following things are to be considered if you are using a condom for the first time during oral sex:
Some people may find that using a condom during oral sex reduces sensation or makes it feel less pleasurable. This can be due to the physical barrier created by the condom or to the lubricant used on the condom. If you or your partner feel that using a condom reduces sensation, you can try using a thinner condom or a lubricant that is specifically designed for oral sex.
Some people may find that the taste of the condom or the lubricant used on the condom affects the taste of oral sex. If you or your partner are concerned about the taste of the condom, you can try using a flavored condom or lubricant. However, it is important to keep in mind that flavored condoms and lubricants may contain sugars or sweeteners, which can increase the risk of tooth decay or cause irritation in some people.
It is important to communicate with your partner about your preferences and concerns when it comes to using a condom during oral sex. Talk to your partner about what you like and what you don’t like, and try to find a solution that works for both of you.
Using a condom during oral sex can help reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , but it is also important to consider the impact on pleasure and enjoyment. If you have any questions or concerns about using a condom during oral sex, you should talk to a healthcare provider or a sexual health educator for more information.
So, should I use a condom during oral sex?
A condom is among the common barrier method during oral sex despite being a low-risk method for STIs. However, there are other ways to protect yourself from STIs during oral sex such as dental dams or condoms cut open(DIY dental dams).