Oral sex statistics

By Farid N. / February 24, 2022

Oral sex is one of the most widely discussed (yet still often taboo) topics when it comes to sexual activities. This post reveals data on how Americans feel about it, as well as other details that will help people understand oral sex better.

Statistics on How Americans Feel About Oral Sex

  • 80% of Americans find pleasure in oral sex
  • 73.5% of Americans think that oral sex is fun
  • 55.8% of Americans believe that oral sex can make them feel closer to their partners
  • 25.3% of Americans that oral sex makes them self-conscious
  • 6.3% of Americans think that oral sex is gross
  • 3.5% of Americans deemed oral sex as a shameful activity

Statistics on What Actions Americans Usually Perform While Giving Oral Sex

  • 66% of Americans play their partner’s other body parts while giving oral sex
  • 13.3% will do nothing besides the act of oral sex
  • 11.7% chooses to masturbate while giving oral sex
  • 7.4% prefers to grab their partner’s hair

Statistics on How Often Do Americans Perform Oral Sex
(Based on the Average Frequency of Performing Oral Sex per Month)

  • Overall (5.32 times)
  • Heterosexual (5.14 times)
  • Gay (5.37 times)
  • Lesbian (4.57 times)
  • Bisexual (6.77 times)
  • Men (4.97)
  • Women (5.98 times)
  • Single (5.64 times)
  • In a relationship (5.25 times)

Note: Number of Respondents: 1008 U.S. citizens; 18 years and above 

Statistics on How Often Do Americans Receive Oral Sex
(Based on the Average Frequency of Receiving Oral Sex per Month)

  • Overall (5.20 times)
  • Heterosexual (5.08 times)
  • Gay (5.31 times)
  • Lesbian (8.86 times)
  • Bisexual (5.69 times)
  • Men (5.44)
  • Women (4.85 times)
  • Single (5.54 times)
  • In a relationship (5.14 times)

Note: Number of Respondents: 1008 U.S. citizens; 18 years and above 

Statistics on American Men Who Have Received Oral Sex in 2015

The following data were revealed in a survey conducted in 2015 among 975 respondents:

  • 85% of American men were indulged in oral sex in their lifetime
  • 60.9% of American men have received oral sex in 2014
  • 38.4% of American men stated that they have received oral sex a month before January 2015

Statistics on American Women Who Have Received Oral Sex in 2015


84.6% of American women have received oral sex in their lifetime
49.2% of American women have received oral sex in 2014
31.8% of American women have received oral sex in December 2014

Statistics on American Men Who Have Given Oral Sex To a Female in their Lifetime (by age group)

  • Men aged 30-39 composed the biggest number of respondents who have given oral sex to a female in 2009 (88.2%)
  • Men aged 14-15 are the least in the group of respondents who have given sex to a female in their lifetime (8.3%)
  • Other stats on various age groups reveal:
  • 16-17 years old (20.2%)
  • 18-19 years old (60.9%)
  • 20-24 years old (70. (%)
  • 25-29 years old (85.6%)
  • 40-49 years old (84.4%)
  • 50-59 years old (77.3%)
  • 60-69 years old (72.5%)
  • 70 years old and above (61.6%)

Statistics on American Men Who Have Given Oral Sex to a Male in their Lifetime


On average,13% of American men aged 40-59 stated that they have given oral sex to a male in their lifetime
On average, 9.7% of Americans in the age group 18-24 revealed that they have given oral sex to another male in their lifetime
1.6% of American men comprising the ages of 14-15 stated that they have given oral sex to another man in their lifetime
American men aged 70 years old and above comprised the 5.3% of those who stated that they have given oral sex to another male in their lifetime

Statistics on American Women Who Have Given Oral Sex to a Female in their Lifetime


American women in the age group of 20-24 and 30-39 got the same percentage as those who had oral sex with a female in their lifetime (both 14%) 
12% of American women who stated that they had oral sex with another female is in the age group of 40-49
Other age groups and their percentages are:
– 14-15 years old (5.4%)
– 16-17 years old (9%)
– 18-19 years old (8%)
– 25-29 years old (10%)
– 50-59 years old (7%)
– 60-69 years old (3%)
– 70 years old and older

Statistics on American Women Who Have Given Oral Sex to a Male in their Lifetime


Women aged 25-29 comprises the 89%who said that they have given oral sex to a male in their lifetime
American women aged 70 years old and above made up the 43% of those who said that they had given oral sex to males in their lifetime
Other age groups showed the following percentage:
14-15 years old (13%)
16-17 years old (29%)
18-19 years old  (61%)
20-24  years old (78%)
30-39 years old (80%)
40-49 years old (83%)
50-59 years old (80%)

4 Things You Might Not Know About Oral Sex


Oral sex is linked to throat cancer.
Oral sex is common among teens.
Unprotected sex is common, but has risks.
Oral sex can enhance some adult relations, but can also strain others.

Can You Get STDs From Oral Sex?

Yes. There are many STDs and other infections that can be acquired through oral sex. 

  • You can get STDs in the throat or mouth after giving or receiving oral sex from an infected partner
  • You can get STD in more than one area of the body at the same time. For instance, you can have an STI in the genitals and the mouth
  • Many STDs, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and intestinal infections that are transmitted through oral sex can spread in the body
  • You can also acquire some types of STDs on the genital areas after receiving oral sex from a partner with a throat or mouth infection
  • Anilingus can transmit hepatitis A and B, as well as intestinal parasites like Shigella and E.coli

What is Oral Sex?

Oral sex is one of the most common sex positions among couples, no matter what their ages and genders are. It is also often referred to as cunnilingus or fellatio. 

Oral sex involves using the mouth to stimulate the genitals or genital area of a sex partner. Types of oral sex include the penis (fellatio), vagina (cunnilingus), and anus (anilingus).

It is often a part of a couple’s foreplay before intercourse. Some couples use it to warm up and put them into the mood of intercourse. 

Fellatio vs Cunnilingus vs Anilingus

  • Fellatio 

This refers to the stimulation of the penis using the lips, teeth, or tongue. This can also involve a licking or sucking motion, as well as the use of the throat or teeth.

  • Cunnilingus

This is the stimulation of the vagina or clitoris using the mouth. This also usually includes sucking or licking around or outside the vulva.

  • Anilingus 

This refers to the stimulation of the anus with the lips or mouth.

Oral sex can be a fun and pleasurable activity for couples. However, it is also important to consider the possible risks of STDs before doing it. Talk to your partner about how you can have safe and satisfying oral sex together.

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