NEW YORK Reuters Health - Engaging in oral sex may be a gateway to intercourse for some teens, indirectly raising their risks of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, according to a new study. California researchers found that only 9 percent of high school students who started having oral sex at the end of ninth grade had abstained from vaginal sex through the end of 11th grade. Bonnie L. And the act could carry indirect consequences as well, particularly if it leads teens to participate in more risky acts such as vaginal sex.
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A drop in oral sex was seen among females, but the numbers of males engaged in the behavior was the same. Experts said two-thirds of all youth between the ages of 15 and 24 had had an experience with oral sex, risky behavior that the federal government said is contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The data came from 6, interviews among young adults from to In the youngest group, ages 15 to 19, which did not include married males, the report said that 41 percent of females and 47 percent of males had received oral sex. Forty-three percent of girls in that group had given oral sex, while 35 percent of boys had. For both sexes between the ages of 20 to 24, the numbers go up: 81 percent of females and 80 percent of males had engaged in oral sex. Some data suggest that many adolescents engage in oral sex because they believe it is safer and preserves their virginity, according to a CDC fact sheet.
Oral Sex Leads to Intercourse Among Teens, Study Suggests
Mitchell J. Prinstein, PhD, Christina S. Meade, MS, Geoffrey L. Objective To provided initial descriptive information regarding adolescents' engagement in oral sex and to investigate adolescents' perceptions of their best friends' sexual behavior and peer-reported popularity as two social mechanisms that may influence engagement in oral sex.
A "birds and the bees" talk with your kids isn't complete without a discussion of oral sex, according to a new study that found a connection between oral sex and old-fashioned intercourse. The three-year survey found that teens who had oral sex by the end of ninth grade were at the highest risk of having sexual intercourse during high school. These teens had a percent chance of having intercourse by the end of ninth grade and a percent chance by the end of 11th grade. Meanwhile, teenagers who did not have oral sex until the end of 11th grade had only a percent chance of having intercourse by the end of that school year.