Oral sex or oral intercourse is sexual activity involving the stimulation of the genitalia of a person by another person using the mouth (including the lips, tongue or teeth) or throat.

Cunnilingus is oral sex performed on a female (the slang term is giving head), while fellatio is oral sex performed on a male (the slang term is blow job).

Anilingus, another form of oral sex, is oral stimulation of a person’s anus (the slang term is eating ass). Oral stimulation of other parts of the body (as in kissing and licking) is usually not considered oral sex.

Oral sex has gained popularity among Ghanaian youths even though the criminal code considers it an offense under “unlawful carnal knowledge”. You probably didn’t know that right? There have been several health concerns raised about the risks or benefits involved in putting the mouth close to sexual organs and the anus. Here are 9 facts you probably didn’t know:

1.     To Swallow or Not To Swallow

Swallowing semen during oral sex is not harmful. The main risk of infection is in the mouth, swallowed semen is unlikely to increase the risk of HIV, because the stomach contains acid that destroys HIV.

2.     Don’t Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth before oral sex is more dangerous because it could open up cracks in the gums which would make it easier for infection to enter.

3.     Use Condoms

Ever wondered why markets are flooded with flavoured condoms? Here is a simple reason, they are especially made for oral sex and most couples are still unaware of it. Condoms trap semen and other bodily fluids, effectively reducing the chances of infection.

4.     Erectile Problems

Blow jobs can help men who have some minor difficulty in getting an erection.

5.     Eating Ass

Oro-anal sex – often referred to as ‘rimming’ – is stimulation of the partner’s anus with tongue or lips. Clinical experience suggests that it is relatively uncommon in heterosexuals. As the anus isn’t a very clean area of the body, there is no doubt that rimming will lead to a transfer of germs to the mouth.

6.     Safety First

Oral sex is certainly much safer HIV-wise than rectal or anal sex and relatively safer than vaginal intercourse

7.     Dr. G-Spot

The G-spot is sensitive area located inside the vagina on the upper wall, an inch or two behind the back of the pubic bone. It is named for Dr. Ernest Grafenberg. G, (get it?) thanks Doc.

8.     Jaw Exercises

Performing the act of fellatio massages the jaw while burning anywhere from 30-50 calories per session.

9.     Good for the Teeth

Semen contains zinc and calcium, both of which are proven to prevent tooth decay.