Foreplay

Foreplay is a term that is generally used to describe any sexual activity that occurs prior to sexual intercourse.¹ However, foreplay does not always have to lead to sex. Unfortunately, foreplay is something that many either rush through or ignore altogether. In doing so, many individuals are missing out on the opportunity to develop a…

Non-Sexual Transmission of STIs

Can STIs Be Transmitted Non-sexually? There are numerous common myths about the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Some people believe that you can get an STI from animals, a toilet seat, or kissing. Many of these speculations are untrue, but some actually do contain some interesting truth. There is always a very small chance…

Blumpkins

What is a Blumpkin? A blumpkin is the slang term for fellatio, or oral sex, given to a recipient who is defecating in a toilet.1 Giving or receiving a blumpkin is often viewed as an eccentric sexual act; the term is often used jokingly and a simple web search will bring up many different Urban Dictionary…

Herpes

Herpes is a viral disease also known as HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). There are more than 70 different strains of the herpes virus, although humans are susceptible to only four of them. There are two types of HSV. Herpes Type I is most commonly found above the waist — in the mouth, nose, and eyes —…

Increasing Popularity of Oral Sex

Since the “Sexual Revolution” of the 1960s, oral sex has become a more common sexual behavior among people of all ages.1 It has often been assumed that men have a greater interest in oral sex than women. It is also commonly assumed that when oral sex occurs, it is much more likely that a female…

What Is Consent?

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that there are many different words that individuals use to describe themselves after experiencing sexual assault. In this article, we use the term ‘survivor’ for the sake of consistency. We acknowledge that there are many ways of processing sexual violence, and believe each individual person should choose the language that they are most…

Barriers During Oral Sex: The Wise Choice

Oral sex includes contact between the mouth and a penis, vagina, or anus. Although oral sex cannot lead to pregnancy, oral sex can and does lead to the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Oral barriers, including condoms and dental dams, prevent direct contact between the partners’ skin and any bodily fluids, significantly reducing the…

Dental Dams

Dental dams are small, square pieces of latex or silicone rubber that are placed outside the vulva or anus. Dental dams prevent the transfer of bodily fluids by creating a barrier between the mouth and vulva or anus during oral sex. If a dam is not available at your local drugstore, plastic saran wrap from…

Deep Throating During Oral Sex

Deep throating is an intense form of fellatio in which an individual puts an erect penis as deep in their mouth as possible. Deep throating is commonly considered the most challenging fellatio technique to perform. The pharyngeal reflex or “gag reflex” is often triggered during deep throating. This is because the penis is constantly touching the soft…