My boyfriend and I have recently started to have oral sex. We have not yet had vaginal sex. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?
No, it's not possible to get pregnant from oral sex alone. Sperm must get into the vagina — and eventually up through the cervix into the uterus. If a couple has vaginal sex while hooking up, the girl could get pregnant. And while getting pregnant isn't a possibility with oral sex, getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) — such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, warts, herpes, or HIV — is.
To avoid pregnancy and STDs, always remember to use a condom every time a sexual contact occurs, including oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Whenever oral sex is being performed on a girl, a dental dam should be used.
Latex condoms have been shown to be very effective in helping to prevent STDs — but they don't work 100% of the time. Only complete abstinence does. But if you are going to have oral sex, use a latex condom to help protect yourself— or, if you or your partner is allergic to latex, a polyurethane condom.
If the taste of latex isn't your thing, there are flavored condoms made specifically for oral sex.
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: February 2011
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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