Is It Safe To Swallow Your Partner’s Semen? Here’s The Real Truth!

Sarmistha Neogy
·4-min read

Have you tried oral sex with your partner? If yes, then you would know that this act of sexual pleasure comes with both– gratification and inhibition. Especially when it comes to semen. Many women wonder: “Is it safe to swallow semen?” “Can it give me an infection?” Is it healthy for my body?

If you are thinking about these too, you are not alone. While it may be okay for you to try it, be extra cautious of the risks that come along with swallowing semen. Here’s why!

Is It Safe To Swallow Semen? Here’s What The Experts Say

is it safe to swallow semen
is it safe to swallow semen

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Semen is a mixture of water, protein, and a small amount of sperm. None of these components are harmful, and so it is considered ‘okay’ to swallow. As for those curious about its nutritional benefits, remember that a typical ejaculation can fill about a teaspoon and only contains about 5–7 calories. Also, the protein content in semen is almost negligible. So, if you want to experiment, go ahead with it.

But that doesn’t mean this is a safe exercise and should be practiced regularly.

It can also be a potentially harmful liquid. Since it is a bodily fluid, semen can carry sexually transmitted infections (STI), such as HIV. This makes it important to have open communication with your partner. But if you are keen to go ahead, always use contraception to prevent transmission.

Here are some more common questions that often haunt women and men who wish to try oral sex.

Can Swallowing Semen Make Me Pregnant?

It is quite unlikely that swallowing semen will result in pregnancy. Pregnancy can only occur if semen comes into contact with the vaginal area and is able to fertilise an egg. And oral sex is not an act where that happens.

So if have this question in your mind, rest assured it is nearly impossible.

How Is The Taste And Smell Of Semen?

is it safe to swallow semen
is it safe to swallow semen

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Another popular curious question is about the taste and smell of semen. The smell of semen can change when it comes in contact with other body fluids like urine and sweat. It usually has a pH between 7.2 and 8.0, and so it may smell different if its pH balance is off.

As for smell, semen has no particular scent and if it does, its quite faint. That’s because it mostly contains water. When the pH levels turn alkaline, chances are high that the semen may smell like bleach or ammonia.

If you get a sweet, metallic or salty smell, it could be due to components like fructose, and calcium that’s present in semen. But, if your partner has a very strong odour in his semen, that can be a symptom of an infection.

Now coming to taste, it usually varies from person to person. In some cases it could be bitter, salty, sweet or even metallic. Often times, changes in lifestyle habits also affects the way it tastes. For instance, smoking lowers the quality of semen and alters its composition, which may affect the taste.

Is It Safe To Swallow Semen During Pregnancy?

is it safe to swallow semen
is it safe to swallow semen

You can swallow semen during pregnancy, but there are certain precautions that you need to follow. (Photo courtesy: Pexel)

When it comes to sexual intimacy during pregnancy, what you need to worry about most is safety. Paula Anderson tells Romper, “As long as you’re not allergic – it’s OK to go ahead and swallow your partner’s semen during oral sex while pregnant.”

Still, beware of the risk of infection from oral sex, especially at this stage. The chances of getting infected with STIs are high if your partner has never had any tests done. Or, if you do not use any protection. Either way, speak to your partner about their sexual history and avoid taking risks at this stage. Not only, will it affect your health, but also that of your baby’s.

While oral sex can be enjoyable, it can also be stressful, especially if there is no knowledge of sexual history between the two partners. So begin by engaging in an open and honest communication and agree on common grounds.

Stay safe and always say yes to safe sex!

News Source: Healthline, MedicalNewsToday

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