The Truths about Oral Sex addiction
On the internet, there has been discussions going on whether sex addiction, oral or formal, is indeed a form of addiction. In University of California Los Angeles, where a research psychologist, Rory Reid, PhD, LCSW, connected with the university’s Semel Institute for Neuroscienc and human behaviors said that sex addiction is “a common misconception. It is no more about sex than an eating disorder is about food or pathological gambling is about money.’’
What is oral sex addiction?
Oral sex is the act of stimulating or caressing the genitals of your partner using your tongue and lips. To satisfy your partner, the tongue and lips may suck or lick the penis, vagina, clitoris, vulva, and sometimes, anus.
There are people who perform oral sex as part of foreplay. There are also a lot who prefer oral sex than sexual intercourse. But there are couples or individuals who have become addicted to it. Experts call it hypersexual disorder, which is a condition that makes a person enjoy sex ‘’a little too much.’’
Criteria to Determine Sex Addiction
Sex addiction or even a more specific subject, oral sex addiction can be diagnosed with the following signs:
- Personal distress which is due to behavior such as the oral sex addiction may interfere with work or relationships
- A pattern involving sexual activity which is a response to unpleasant mood swings like depression. Oral sex is also often resorted as a way of stress-coping
- Repetitive pattern involving sexual fantasies or urges which may last for six months or longer. And such urges or behavior are not due to other factors such as manic episodes related to bipolar disorder or abuse or illegal substance.
- Inability or lack of it to decrease or put a stop on sexual activities
Although experts say that as of date, no metric is available to measure “how much of sex is already too much,’’ but in studies conducted, researchers revealed that their subjects have reported to have 15 partners in average every year.
Is It Safe to Have Oral Sex?
When it comes to chances of getting pregnant or knocking someone off, oral sex has zero risk. But through oral sex, other risks may occur like contracting sexually transmitted diseases. There is also evidence proving that women who receive oral sex have a higher risk of having vaginal thrust. The list of sexually transmitted diseases that can be passed on partners through oral sex are the following:
- Hepatitis B
- Genital warts
If you observe, HIV is not included in the list. But health experts say that although it is less likely that you can contract HIV, it is still possible to catch this virus. Moreover, experts say that the risk is higher in giving than in receiving oral sex because of exposure to the genital fluids. The risks are even greater when you have ulcers, sores, or cuts in your mouth. To decrease chances of passing on any diseases, you should avoid brushing your teeth before giving an oral sex to avoid gum bleeding. To freshen up, using mint or mouthwash is recommended.