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The pros and cons of oral sex

Last updated on: May 3, 2011 09:05 IST

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Have you heard of the names Fellatio and Cunnilingus before? Cunnilingus refers to oral sex performed on females while fellatio or irrumatio refer to oral sex performed on males.

Did you know that the practice of fellatio and cunnilingus can actually help save your life? Many people look down upon these oral acts of sex as being dirty or not so hygienic. On the contrary, science has proved that these acts are beneficial to health. There are some cons as well however. Lets go through both one by one.

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Health benefits of fellatio and cunnilingus

Fellatio and cunnilingus form a part of foreplay and is totally enjoyed by both men and women. Women take greater pleasure in these oral acts as it provides them greater sexual gratification resulting in multiple orgasms than the actual sex act itself.

Indulging in sex often helps men to relieve stress and they are at lesser risk of developing colon cancer.

Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation are also less likely to develop when oral sex is involved. Oral sex is great for men.

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Women also benefit from oral sex as it reduces the risk of breast cancer according to CNN and Associated Press reports. When women perform fellatio up to two times a week, they end up swallowing the semen that's actually good for preventing breast cancer.

Oral sex also prevents pregnancy. Having oral sex during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of infections that can lead to death.

Pre-eclampsia is a health condition that can result in death of mother in the worst case scenarios and in coma and seizures in better scenarios, if penetrative sex is involved during pregnancy according to Health Mad. The condition gets aggravated when a man ejaculates inside the vagina of a pregnant woman, as all the semen is taken away by the body and treated as infections.

Stress relief is the major benefit of indulging in fellatio and cunnilingus. It allows partners to become closer and provides emotional satisfaction.

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The cons of fellatio and cunnilingus

While some people enjoy performing oral sex, there are many men and women out there who don't enjoy these acts at all and make all possible efforts not to indulge in them. There are many reasons why men may not like the idea of going down between the legs of women due to hygienic purposes.

Cunnilingus involves the use of the mouth and tongue to suckle and stroke the sensual zones of vagina to provide extreme pleasure to women. Cunnilingus is practiced by men and women. It's a smelly and hairy vagina that puts people off from this oral sexual act.

Menstruation can also put men off. To make it better, it's advisable for women to keep the pubic areas free of smell and hair by getting a thorough wash and complete removal of hair before indulging in the act itself.

Take a warm bath with sweet smelling salts and soaps. Waxing and shaving are means to remove unwanted hair in these areas. Avoid oral sex during menstruation.

The very sight of blood oozing out from private parts can put men off. And menstrual discharges are not pleasant smelling. If you thought only men can be put off from performing cunnilingus, then you are wrong.

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Women too, at times, hate performing fellatio.

Women are not the only ones who can have smelly private parts; men too are equally prone to it. The penis can turn smelly and sweaty and women can be put off due to this and will not be willing to perform fellatio. So, keep your private organs absolutely clean.

It rests totally on individuals about the performance of these two sexual acts. While there are many people who enjoy good fellatio and cunnilingus, there are many others who prefer not to indulge in it for their own reasons. Having a good talk with your partner about this issue will help your overcome any misgivings that he/she may have about it, and cajole them into these acts.

Educate them into the safety of performing these acts and how much pleasure can be derived from these two sexual acts, while pregnancy is avoided.


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