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Many people think that cunnilingus (mouth-to-vulva) is completely safe. It’s not like you can get pregnant from it right? Well, turns out oral sex isn’t entirely safe when it comes to sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs) at least if you don't take proper precautions.


Even though the risk of contracting STIs is lower through cunnilingus than vaginal or anal sex, it can still happen.

According to the NHS the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) caught through oral sex are:

  • Genital and oral herpes
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea

What are the best ways to practice safe oral sex?

You can lower your chances of giving or getting STIs during oral sex by using barrier methods. In the case of cunnilingus, you can use a dental dam to cover the vulva. A dental dam is a thin, latex square that protects against direct mouth-to-genital during oral sex.

Odds are, you’ve never heard of them before. The main reason is that they are not available in most pharmacies, limiting dental dam sales to online purchases or improvised DIY solutions.

Most importantly, if you are the one performing the oral sex – make sure that your mouth is in good health. Cuts, bleeding gums, or open sores will increase the risk of catching an STI.

So, why am I hearing about this just now?

It can't be denied that to this day cunnilingus continues to be a cause for censorship. But, is female pleasure really that threatening?

Sex-ed doesn't usually focus on it. Growing up, our definition of sex starts with penetration and ends with ejaculation. We use endless slang terms for blow-jobs, but when it comes to cunnilingus—just a few. All of this results in misinformation, and the normalisation of certain acts over others.

Let's be proud of our sexuality for once! And don't forget to use protection, believe it or not, safe sex is better sex.