Oral Sex Condom: What It Is

Medically Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on June 28, 2021

Oral sex condoms are used during oral sex to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Any oral-to-genital or oral-to-anal contact should be protected by an oral sex condom.

You may hear them called dental dams or tongue condoms. While the risk of getting an STI from oral less is lower than with vaginal or anal sex, there is still a risk. Oral sex condoms can keep you from getting:

Oral sex condoms are thin latex or polyurethane barriers that go between one partner’s mouth and the other person’s genitals.

Why People Like Them

Oral sex carries no risk of pregnancy and is safer than intercourse in terms of contracting an STI, but it’s not entirely safe. You can get STIs from oral sex. Oral condoms are the best way to fully protect yourself against them.

Myths About Oral Sex Condoms

There are several common myths about oral sex condoms:

Myth: They’re complicated. The truth is that oral sex condoms are simple to use. You place the piece of latex over the vulva or anus and have your partner hold on to it. 

Myth: They’re only for women who are gay. Regardless of your gender or sexual orientation, using an oral sex condom is important for reducing your risk of catching STIs.

Myth: They kill the mood. Using oral sex condoms can help you and your partner get in the mood depending on how you put them on. You can incorporate using them into your foreplay. Also, feeling safe and secure helps create a better sexual experience. 

How to Try Oral Sex Condoms Safely

You should use oral sex condoms any time you have oral sex.

Finding oral sex condoms in grocery stores or shopping marts may be challenging. However, you can find them online. It may be helpful to try different types of oral sex condoms to find the type that you prefer to use.

It may take you a few tries to get accustomed to using oral sex condoms, but that should not deter you from using them. 

Use an oral sex condom once and throw it away.

Talking to Your Partner About Using Oral Sex Condoms

It may seem awkward at first to talk to your partner about your interest in using oral sex condoms. But once you’ve opened up the conversation you may find it creates a more trusting atmosphere. Having an open conversation about wanting to protect both of you can create more trust and intimacy within your relationship. 

Show Sources


Family Planning Association: “Myths about STIs and condoms.”

Healthline: “Tongue condoms: what you need to know.”

NHS: “What is oral sex?”

Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest: “Dental dams unwrapped.”

Women’s Health: “Ask a sex expert: what’s the worst that can happen if I don’t use protection during oral sex?”

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