Oral sex calls for double protection
Studies on oral sex prove that the practice is well regarded by Brazilians. According to a survey carried out by the Sexuality Project of the Institute of Psychiatry of the Hospital das Clínicas of São Paulo, 66.8% of the men and 63.4% of the women admit to performing the modality. But do Brazilians protect themselves when it comes to oral sex? "The practice can also transmit all types of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)," says gynecologist Rosa Maria Neme.
According to the expert, 7 of the 10 women who are seen in the office confess they do not use condoms to have oral sex in their partners. A worrying fact given the risks that unprotected oral sex can bring to the body. Diseases like herpes, syphilis and gonorrhea can be easily transmitted from the practice. "A small area of injury can lead to a virus, and it is worth remembering that small bruises on the mouth are very common," explains the obstetrician and obstetrician Linderman Alves Vieira.
Even HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be transmitted through oral sex, although the chances of contamination are lower than when penetration occurs. "The pH of the mouth (neutral and / or slightly acidic) and contact with the surface of the penis or the vagina only reduces the risk of infection, but even if small, the danger exists," says gynecologist Maria Rosa Neme.
Protection in women Gynecologists are fond of saying that the protection of the vagina for oral sex is totally deficient. "In the case of women, the problem is greater because there is no specific support, as there is the male condom, for oral sex," says gynecologist Rosa Maria Neme.
But is there any way to protect yourself? "Even the female condom will not protect, so the tip is to use the film paper (the same used in the kitchen to pack food) to cover the vagina and there is no direct contact of the mouth with the skin," says the expert. "The paper should cover the whole region of the vagina, and the mouth can only come in contact with the plastic, not with the vulva," he points out.
Another tip from the gynecologist is to use male condoms as a shield. "Cutting the condom in half and putting it under the vulva can be an alternative. The positive side is that they have flavors and even different textures, factors that favor the use," he says.
Protection in man problems are lower when oral sex is performed on men, since the condom has a very efficient protection. "The condom prevents the mouth from coming in direct contact with the penis, providing the necessary protection," says gynecologist Linderman Alves Vieira.
But it should be remembered that condoms should be used for all variations of intercourse. "There are people who only put the condom in the middle of the practice of oral sex, a habit that nullifies the protection, it should be placed as soon as the sex passes the preliminaries," says the expert
The risks involving semen The contact of the semen with the mouth can transmit diseases like gonorrhea. "If there is a lesion in the mouth, the contamination of the STIs can happen. Contamination can occur even when the sperm is not swallowed," says gynecologist Rosa Maria Neme.
Hygiene in day The lack of hygiene of the parts suggests an even greater risk of contamination. "When the partner does not show any contamination of diseases, such as herpes or syphilis, but does not prioritize hygiene, diseases may also appear. Fungus and bacteria infections, which cause discharge and itching, are the main concerns," says Linderman Alves Vieira
Safe and tasty mixture
Anyone looking for oral sex with flavor should pay attention to specific products for the practice, usually antiallergic, that guarantee pleasure without harm. Using food such as condensed milk, chantily, honey, among other gastronomic elements, can cause irritations and allergies in the genitals.Language Condom
There are products for sale on the market, known as a condom, but the device has no function to protect, but to function as a stimulus for oral sex, since it has texture, flavor and "The product protects only the region of the tongue, leaving the rest of the mouth vulnerable," the gynecologist explains.
"All sexual intercourse presents risks, what we can point out is that protection must exist"
Even with so many considerations, experts say that the practice of oral sex does not have to be abolished from the routine. "Sex with penetration, for example, poses a number of risks of contamination, but if carried out with awareness it has the dangers removed," says Linderman.
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