Arousal and the Pleasure of Sucking Semen

For some, the idea of swallowing a partner’s sperm during oral sex is repulsive. For others, it’s a sexual pleasure.

Swallowing semen is not without risk, however. Like any sex act performed without a condom, STIs are a possibility. It is also possible to develop an allergy to seminal fluids.

1. Arousal

Having your partner ejaculate in your mouth may be a huge turn on for some men, but it’s not for everyone. In fact, some men prefer to spit instead of swallowing the sperm when engaging in cum play. The smell, taste, and feel of the sperm may be what turns some men on when it comes to cum swallowing.

Using data from a larger study, the researchers asked 332 men who had used websites targeting unprotected sex to answer four questions assessing how much they were turned on by various aspects of semen. These included how the way semen smelt, tasted, looked, and felt to the touch. The results showed that nearly one-half of the participants reported that they were very or fairly turned on by a combination of these sensory aspects of semen.

Men who eroticized ejaculatory fluids to this extent were associated with involvement in several HIV risk behaviors. For example, those who reported that they were sexual “bottoms” and/or that they had more than three sex partners were more likely to engage in risky semen practices such as cum swallowing and oral sex.

These findings are important because they suggest that arousal by semen is linked to actual involvement in HIV risk behavior practice, even when other salient factors such as sexual role identity and HIV serostatus are taken into account. This suggests that future HIV prevention and intervention programs for MSM should take arousal by semen into consideration when developing outreach strategies.

2. Libido

Arousal is a big factor in whether or not you choose to swallow semen, but it’s important to remember that libido is a very personal thing. It can be affected by tons of things — your mood, stress or anxiety levels, your relationship status (or lack thereof), food, alcohol and more. And, of course, it can be influenced by sexual stimulation — the more you want to sex, the more your libido will rise.

That’s why it’s important to sex and masturbate in safe, healthy ways. That way, you can reap the sexual pleasure and the health benefits that come with it.

Semen contains many beneficial chemicals, including testosterone, estrogen, prolactin, oxytocin and melatonin. It also helps to regulate the body’s temperature and boosts the immune system, says sex expert and author Ian Kerner.

While cum swallowing may be arousing to some, others can’t handle it. In fact, some people are actually allergic to semen, says Smith. The symptoms of this rare allergy — officially known as human seminal plasma hypersensitivity — include itching, swelling, pain and difficulty breathing.

In a study, researchers found that the degree to which men reported being turned on by various sensory aspects of semen was related to their involvement in HIV risk behaviors. And, for the three outcomes measured, this was true even when controlling for other salient factors such as sexual role identity and condom attitudes.

3. Stimulation

For many people, a turn-on after cumming is to have their partner kiss them or swallow their cum. It’s erotic and a way for them to take on a submissive role. They may also like the taste, texture, smell, or look of the semen. Semen contains a variety of hormones and chemical compounds that are beneficial to the body, including serotonin and melatonin.

Some research suggests that men who swallow their partners’ ejaculate experience an increased testosterone level, which can increase pleasure and desire. The composition of male ejaculate can be incredibly satisfying, as it’s sticky and rich. For kinkier experiences, you can redirect the sperm from your mouth to your vagina or anus or use a sleeve.

Swallowing ejaculate can lead to sexually transmitted infections, so it’s important to be in a safe and consensual relationship and use protection. It can also be a risk factor for liver disease, so it’s best to avoid it if you have any hepatitis-related health issues.

It’s important to talk openly with your partner about their desires, feelings, and boundaries. This can help you find the right sexual practices for you and your partner. Having clear communication is crucial in any relationship, and it can be especially helpful when exploring new sexual experiences. You can always try different sexual practices until you find what feels good to you.

4. Intimacy

For some men, the act of swallowing sperm is an important part of their sexual pleasure. They feel that it is a symbol of acceptance, and perhaps even love, while spitting is rejection. In addition, swallowing allows them to savor the sensation of the semen in their mouth and throat as they approach climax.

In fact, one study found that nearly two-thirds of the men who participated in it reported finding at least one sensory aspect of semen (including taste, smell, feeling and appearance) to be “fairly” or “very” arousing. The study also found that a higher level of education was correlated with greater arousal from the sight and smell of ejaculatory fluids.

It is possible that men with less education might be more squeamish about approaching climax, which can often lead to oral sex. And while it is possible that some men might feel uncomfortable about their partner allowing them to taste or swallow their sperm, open communication between partners can help alleviate any such feelings and boost sexual satisfaction.

As with any form of sex, it is important to use barrier methods of contraception when engaging in oral sex to avoid the potential transmission of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Swallowing sperm is relatively safe and does not result in pregnancy as it is digested by the body just like food.