Q: I’ve always been a spitter, but I am starting to think I might try swallowing to save myself from rushing to the nearest sink every time I give a blow job. Is it ok to swallow semen?
A: So long as you’re swallowing semen willingly (and not just because he thinks it’s hot), there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. There is evidence that some people are allergic to semen, but this is fairly rare.
First of all, there’s simply no way swallowing semen can get you pregnant. When you swallow, the semen ends up in your stomach, where it is destroyed by stomach acid. At no point does it get anywhere near your uterus or ovaries, which is where it would need to be to get pregnant. The only real risk you are taking here is that of STIs, so be sure you and your partner have both been cleared before you have oral or penetrative sex without protection.
It might even be good for you
A couple of years ago, a team of researchers at Melbourne’s Monash University School of Biological Sciences published a report on how some animals, such as squid, consume semen as a form of extra nutrition.
This added fire to the debate around whether semen can actually be good for you. It contains protein, zinc, water, calcium, citric acid, enzymes and a few other ingredients that could add to your daily intake. Most of these studies are speculative, and the average ejaculation is only 2-5 mL, so we wouldn’t go replacing your five fruits and vegetables a day for a diet of semen just yet.
Otherwise, it can be good for you simply by trying new things in the bedroom! You might find you enjoy the experience, which is always a win in our books.
When it can be bad for you
Unfortunately, some people can be allergic to sperm. We’ve talked about this before in an earlier article, so be sure to read it for the whole story, but for now we can tell you the basics.
Its scientific name is seminal plasma hypersensitivity, and it will most likely cause symptoms such as inflammation, redness, itching, and burning, although these symptoms can become worse. As it’s uncommon, it can be misdiagnosed as an STI, so you can test the theory by using a condom to see if that stops the treatment.
An allergy would affect the mouth during oral sex just as it would the vagina, and even more confusingly, you may react to one man’s semen but be fine with another’s.
Remember too, that if you strongly dislike the taste or don’t enjoy swallowing at all, you shouldn’t feel pressured to do so. If you’re not enjoying the sex as much as he is, it’s definitely something you should talk about with your partner.