Have you ever Tried “Pussy Eating”?

Oral sex is becoming ever-so-popular in literature, films and real life since erotic novels have ceased to be guilty pleasures and erupted onto the mainstream. However, while fellatio has been commonplace in all media for a while, the act of giving a woman pleasure orally, cunnilingus, is still a topic a lot of men and women tend to avoid talking about.

Cunnilingus is a formal term for the kind of oral sex that is performed on a woman’s genitalia — vulva, vagina, clitoris — using the lips and tongue. Informally, the act is often referred to as ‘pussy eating’.

Cunnilingus can be used as a predecessor to intercourse — a form of foreplay meant to cause the woman's arousal — or instead of intercourse when it’s performed between two women or a woman and man who do not wish to engage in vaginal intercourse.cunnilingus

It is perfectly possible to orgasm from cunnilingus alone, as it is from any form of masturbation. In fact, some women are only able to reach an orgasm via cunnilingus and clitoral stimulation. When it comes to a clitoral orgasm, cunnilingus is actually the easiest way to reach it.

While it cannot result in pregnancies, this kind of oral sex still implies direct contact and exchange of fluids, which means it still poses risks for the participants’ health. It is particularly important to use a barrier or abstain from this kind of activity altogether if one of the participants is not sure that he or she is infection-free. A lot of infections and almost all known STDs can be transmitted via unprotected oral sex in general and cunnilingus in particular.

To further increase safety, it is also important to practice good hygiene. Partners should have clean hands, and they should also wash their genitals and brush their teeth beforehand to avoid the unnecessary spread of bacteria which can cause other infections that are not related to STDs.

As for the act itself, it can be as intimate as intercourse, if not more. Cunnilingus is an act of giving primarily unilateral pleasure, so it is important to perform it taking your partner's signs, directions and body language into account. It is also essential for both participants to be comfortable with each other and with the act itself.

Finally, one more thing to note is that, while the act is one-sided, it can and should be a collaborative effort, which means the woman on the receiving end shouldn’t just sit back and relax, but rather help her partner by giving encouragement and signs that everything is going great, so that the act is enjoyable for both, to an extent.