Let’s kick this off with something super sexy: Google’s related searches feature. You know how when you look up something in Google, it provides helpful terms that may be similar to your current search? Well, a few weeks ago I was researching information for an article about sexuality, and this phrase popped in the related search heading: “a teaspoon of sperm is how many calories?” Being a mature adult, I promptly had a giggle fit so severe I had to walk away from the computer. But these types of searches make sense. With the variety of oral sex myths floating around, it’s only natural that some people would question the real health benefits behind this aspect of sexuality. (Oh, and for the record, Greatist says a teaspoon of sperm is about 25 calories.)
Amusing nutritional benefits aside, there are some more important reasons to learn the facts behind oral sex. Dispelling these myths isn’t just about helping to make your sex life more enjoyable (although that’s important too), but it can also have some serious effects on your health. And even just knowing how many people engage in this act, and what their common concerns are, can make you feel more normal. (For instance, you’re not the first person to worry about the taste down there.) Overall, there’s so such thing as too much knowledge when it comes to your health and sexuality, so here’s the truth behind common oral sex myths.