Oral Sex More Common, but No Protection

EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Oral sex is becoming a more common activity for young women, but “safe” oral sex is not, a Canadian researcher says.

Brea Malacad of the University of Alberta says the study involves 181 women ages 18-25. The research shows 50 percent of respondents say they viewed oral sex as a less intimate activity than sexual intercourse, 41 per cent say oral sex is as intimate an act as sexual intercourse and 9 percent say it is more intimate than intercourse.

“Both intercourse and oral sex were associated with mostly positive emotions overall, which suggests that most young women are engaging in these activities because they enjoy them,” Malacad says in a statement. “Based on the results of my study, there is a percentage of women — just over 30 percent — who feel powerful when performing fellatio.”

The study, published in the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, says all of the women who say they had engaged in sexual intercourse had engaged in oral sex as well. Many of the women say they have had only one sexual partner after becoming sexually active and 25 percent of participants say they had not engaged in any sexual activity at all.

“Eighty-two percent of respondents said that they never used protection when engaging in oral sex, compared to only 7 percent for intercourse; it’s almost like it didn’t occur to them to protect themselves when having oral sex,” Malacad says.

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