By Bernie Lo
Oral sex has became a norm in the past 10 years and today many couples, married and non married practicing it. While oral sex would make the relationship more intimate, it poses a hidden potential problem in which a lot of couples do not know about.
Oral sex is the physical contact between the areas around the mouth with the vaginal, crotch or anus areas. This is also where the problem starts where a lot of bacteria end up at all the wrong places. Bacteria which are found in the mouth end up at the vaginal areas and vice versa.
I am going to discuss about a high potential problem oral sex could cause to a woman. It is called bacterial vaginosis.
Oral sex can disrupt the delicately balanced bacteria population found in and around the vaginal areas. Any disruption to the bacteria population could lead to having fishy odors and more vaginal discharge compared to usual. In some cases, it would also cause itching and burning sensations around the vaginal areas and it could last for days, or even months if not properly treated.
So how is oral sex linked to bacterial vaginosis?
1. There are a lot of good and bad bacteria around our mouth areas mainly due to our daily food intake and the additives that come with it. However, there are certain foods which are too acidic with it’s additives that could potentially change the pH level of the vaginal flora through oral sex. Eventually, this leads to the woman being infected with bacterial vaginosis from her partner’s mouth.
2. Besides the mouth, bacteria can also be found within our throat. When we have oral sex continuously for a long period, these bacteria and microorganism could eventually be transferred to the vaginal areas and then leaving the woman vulnerable to contracting bacterial vaginosis in the future.
3. There are also cases where a woman is being infected by BV because of her partner’s gum health. An unhealthy gum is the favorite breeding place for many unwanted bacteria and if these bacteria are transferred to the vagina, it could also lead to BV.
4. There are different bacteria internally and externally between the vagina and anus. When a man performs oral sex on a woman, there is a high risk of him unknowingly transferring the bacteria from the anus to the vagina via his tongue because there two sensitive areas are very near to each other.
5. There are many occurrences that sexual activities happened after a couple consumed alcohols. Alcohols contain natural yeasts and other additives which are not so friendly to the vaginal flora. If the mouth is not cleaned thoroughly after an alcohol session, it could lead to the woman being infected with BV if oral sex is performed.
There are a lot other ways how a woman could get BV from oral sex besides the five mentioned above.
I’m not discouraging women from practicing oral sex with their partners because it might lead to BV. Oral sex can still be practiced, but with proper precautions. The important thing you need to know is the complications that oral sex might bring to you if it is not practiced the correct way. It is very important for both the man and woman to practice proper and healthy oral hygiene if they are to indulge in oral sex. Always wash yourself cleanly before any oral sex activities.
About the Author: Bernie Lo is the owner of FightAgainstBV.com, a website dedicated to educate every women about bacterial vaginosis and help them
cure bacterial vaginosis
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