Question: How Common Is Teenage Oral s*x?
Many people believe that teenagers (and adults) do not consider oral s*x to be “real s*x” and therefore practice it somewhat casually. Others assume that the prevalence of oral s*x among high school students is just an urban legend, and question whether or not the “it’s not real s*x” myth is actually true. Fortunately, there’s no need to rely on guesses, beliefs, or assumptions.
Several studies have looked at how often teenagers have oral s*x, and how soon they start having it. Depending on which camp you fall into, it’s either more (“Kids don’t do that!”) or less (“Kids think it’s no big deal!”) than you might think.
Studies suggest that as many as 20% of adolescents have had oral s*x . the end of their freshman year in high school. Furthermore, . the end of their teenage years, as many as two-thirds of young men and women have participated in oral s*x with an opposite s*x partner.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that s*x education programs often primarily focus on pregnancy risk, many of these teenagers are unaware that oral s*x can have real risks – both physical and emotional. The risks of teenage oral s*x are not as high as those for intercourse or an*l s*x, but oral s*x does put teenagers at risk for a variety of STDs including syphilis, herpes, and HPV-. throat cancer.
These risks can be reduced . using barriers for both fellatio and cunnilingus, but many teenagers are not aware that safe s*x is even an option for oral s*x.
A national study looking at the timing of oral s*x compared to vaginal intercourse among 15-24 year-olds found that around a quarter of young men and women had oral s*x first, a quarter had intercourse first, and only around five percent chose to only have oral s*x.
That percentage was much higher among the 15-17-year-olds who were still in high school. There eight percent of young women and 12 percent of young men had only had oral s*x.
It’s worth noting that having oral s*x at a young age may also be a sign of a teenager’s intention to engage in other, potentially riskier, s*xual activities such as intercourse. One 2010 study found that students who decided to have oral s*x were significantly more likely to also explore vaginal s*x during high school than those who refrained from oral s*x. Most of them waited less than 6 months.