Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD, Christina S. Meade, MS, Geoffrey L. Objective To provided initial descriptive information regarding adolescents' engagement in oral sex and to investigate adolescents' perceptions of their best friends' sexual behavior and peer-reported popularity as two social mechanisms that may influence engagement in oral sex. Methods A total of tenth graders reported their engagement in oral sex and intercourse, number of sexual partners, and use of sexually transmitted infection STI protection, as well as perceptions of their best friends' sexual behaviors.
Oral Sex & You: What you need to know to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
A National Dyadic Study of Oral Sex, Relationship Quality, and Well-Being among Older Couples
Participants were adolescent girls ages 12—19 followed longitudinally as part of a study of ADHD in females. A diverse sample of girls with clinician-diagnosed ADHD 47 inattentive, 93 combined and 88 age- and ethnicity-matched comparison girls were initially recruited and invited to partake in research summer programs. Girls with a childhood diagnosis of ADHD engaged in oral sex at a significantly younger age and reported nearly twice as many oral sex partners than their typically developing peers. Post hoc tests revealed that group differences were driven largely by girls with the combined presentation of ADHD i. No significant differences emerged with respect to age of initial sexual intercourse or number of male sexual intercourse partners. In sum, adolescent girls with ADHD, particularly those with the combined presentation, were more likely to engage in oral sexual activity at a young age and with a greater number of both male and female partners. Findings highlight the need for longitudinal research that quantifies and distinguishes between various forms of sexual behavior and later reproductive and mental health outcomes.
Talking With Your Teen About Sex
Print, Share, or View Spanish version of this article. Youths are exposed to sexual messages every day—on the TV, on the internet, in movies, in magazines, and in music. Sex in the media is so common that you might think teens today already know all they need to about sex. Unfortunately, only a small amount of what is seen in the media shows healthy sexual behavior or gives correct information.
Think about it: Oral sex puts you into contact with skin and body fluids—semen, vaginal fluids, blood, urine, feces, breast milk—any of which can contain disease-causing viruses or bacteria… And spitting out these fluids will not protect you from infection. Simple acts like shaving too close and flossing leave tiny cuts that can allow viruses and bacteria to enter the body. Sexually transmitted infections STIs that can be passed from one partner to another through oral sex include herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphillis and Human papillomavirus HPV. There are many brands, styles, types and flavors to choose from, so experiment to find one that works for you. Always have your barrier method of choice on hand.