A federal study on sexual behavior of young Americans has found that oral sex did not outstrip the vaginal sex contrary to widespread belief.
So long it was widely believed that the fears of pregnancy and STDs had forced the American kids into increased oral sex as against the vaginal sex.
The study by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention found that almost same percentage of young Americans engaged in oral sex as in the vaginal sex, that is every two in three Americans. Moreover, the rates of both practices among youth have dropped in comparison to a decade earlier.
According to the study while an equal number of men and women in 15-24 have had oral sex, more women (26 percent) than men (24 percent) had experienced oral sex prior to vaginal sex.
The study based on 6,346 interviews between 2007 – 2010 puts to rest the belief that oral sex was increasingly gaining popularity among American youth as a preventive measure against consequences of vaginal sex. Besides, there was also a slight drop in teenage oral and vaginal sex in comparison to the 2002 data.
The study also revealed that white youths with stable and educated family are more likely to engage in oral sex first before the vaginal sex. While 44 percent of white youth had engaged in oral sex prior to the vaginal intercourse, this figure was only 30 percent among black youth
The study found that most of those who had only oral sex had mothers with some college education or higher. Most of the females, who experienced oral sex only, lived with two biological parents.
According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, “Adult men and women rarely engage in just one sex act when they have sex”
The same report was encouraging with respect to condom use among teenagers. While adults used condoms in 25 percent instances of vaginal intercourse, teenagers used condoms 70 to 80 percent of the time.
The National Survey enumerates 41 possible combinations of sex acts, of which the five basic acts include penile-vaginal intercourse or PVI, solo masturbation, mutual masturbation, oral sex and anal sex. It could be some kind of revelation that 16% of women aged 18-24 reckoned they had used four of the five acts, the last time they had sex.