Oral sex is when you stimulate your partner’s genitals with your mouth, lips or tongue. This could involve sucking or licking their penis (also called fellatio), vagina, vulva or clitoris (cunnilingus), or anus (anilingus).
Is it common to have oral sex?
Many people have oral sex before or instead of sexual intercourse.
If you’re going to have oral sex with your partner, try different techniques until you find out what you both enjoy.
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Is oral sex safe?
There’s no risk of getting pregnant through oral sex. But you can catch or pass on some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) by having oral sex.
The most common STIs that can be passed on through oral sex include:
Other STIs that are passed on less commonly through oral sex include:
The risk is generally higher if you give rather than receive oral sex. This is because you’re more likely to be exposed to genital fluids.