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Melts in your mouth, not in your hand!

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Get your game faces on and do some tongue exercises because you are about to become an oral sex guru.

An activity that has become for some a precursor to penetration, oral sex can be some of the most fun you can have with your clothes off. What is oral sex you say? There are a number of slang terms for oral sex: giving head, going down, eating out, sucking off, but the scientific terms still remain constant and actually pretty erotic. Fellatio is oral on a man, cunnilingus is oral on a female, and analingus speaks for itself.

Human beings have been fascinated by oral sex for centuries, in every culture. The Kama Sutra describes genital kissing in loving detail with reciprocation from each partner. The late Dr. Alfred Kinsey expressed that most mammals when sexually aroused "will make lip-to-lip contacts and tongue-to-tongue contacts and use their mouths to manipulate every part of the companion's body, including the genitalia." What started as an activity the middle- or upper-class only engaged in, oral sex tongued its way through all social classes and brought the average number of oral athletes to a whopping 90 per cent by the 1970's.

What about smell and taste though? This is the number one insecurity in both sexes because you never want to be the girl/guy whose genitals are the new topic of biology class over lunch. There are so many ways you can naturally help your smell or taste but remember, your smell is distinct for a reason. so wear it with pride. Ladies, never douche. This only complicates things. Alkaline based foods like meat proteins create a bitter taste, and lots of dairy will leave a foul smell. Asparagus is an aphrodisiac food, but it can also cause bitter semen. Good news for beer drinkers and fruit lovers is the high acidity in fruit gives off a sweet sugary taste and smell, while high-quality, naturally fermented beer is also acidic and has the same effect.

The mood can quickly shift when we talk about sexually transmitted infection (STI) risks and oral sex, but with knowledge and preparation you can focus on the task at hand rather than a potential trip to the clinic afterwards. Talk to your partner and learn about the signs/symptoms of STIs. Some STIs can be contracted through something as small as a cut on the face from shaving or if you bit your cheek chewing food. The most common STIs associated with oral play are herpes, genital warts, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

There is more out there to oral sex than laying on your back or 69. Try a new spin on 69 that challenges and brings a new element of excitement to your routine. Acrobatic 69 is where one partner stands on his or her hands and the other sits on the edge of any comfortable surface (bed, chair, couch). While the thighs rest on the shoulders, the head comes down in front of the genitals. Don't be disappointed if you both can't receive pleasure simultaneously--they don't call it acrobatic for nothing!

Oral sex is a sexual sport and a great workout for both parties, don't forget to stretch. Dive in and have fun!

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