Oral Sex Does Not Delay Intercourse, Says New Study

A new study from the National Center For Health Statistics says that teenage girls and boys who engage in oral sex are more likely to engage in vaginal sex.

The study showed that nearly two thirds of youths between the ages of 15 and 24 have had oral sex. The majority of those youths have also had vaginal sex.

The report, “Prevalence and Timing of Oral Sex With Opposite-Sex Partners Among Females and Males Aged 15-24 Years: United States,” said that 41 percent of females between 15 and 19 had received oral sex while 43 percent had given oral sex. The numbers were similar for males, with 47 percent reporting that they had received oral sex while only 35 percent said that they had performed the act.

The numbers jumped up to 80 percent for females and 81 percent for males in the 20 to 24 age group.

The CDC believes that the number of young people engaging in oral sex is high because youths believe that oral sex is safer than vaginal sex.

Geoffrey Michaelson, a Vienna, Virginia psychologist who specializes in sexuality, told ABC:

“In our culture, there was a time when the president suggested that oral sex wasn’t sex, and that is still with us, to some degree… Intercourse, frankly, is considered more intimate, the last step in the baseball analogy. There is a whole mystique about what is OK and what is not OK, but it’s all self-delusion. From my point of view, any exchange of body fluid, touching, fondling or arousal, that is sex.”

The CDC believes that youths are engaging in oral sex as a way to delay vaginal intercourse. However, the new study shows that oral is a “gateway sexual act.”

According to ABC, the majority of youths who experienced oral sex had also had vaginal intercourse. Only 5 percent of females and 6.5 percent of males stopped at oral sex.

Leslie Kantor, vice president for education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told MSNBC:

“Although there has never been data to support it, there has been the perception that many teens engage in oral sex as a ‘risk-free’ alternative to intercourse. But the CDC analysis shows that sexually active young people are likely to engage in both activities.”

Do you think oral sex is a safe alternative to vaginal sex?