A Nigerian Doctor, Victor-Bryan Nwala has taken to social media to highlight the dangers of using saliva during sexual intercourse.
In both women and men, lubricants enhance skin sensitivity to erotic touch and there are several types of lubricants that can be used during lovemaking.
Nwala, in a post on twitter, said saliva should not be an option as the bacteria in saliva is different from that in the vagina.
According to Nwala, saliva contains digestive enzymes that break down food which when introduced into the vagina leads to a high risk of developing a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.
“Any STI in the throat or mouth can be transmitted to the genitals through saliva,” In other words, if your partner has an active herpes lesion, for example, using their spit to make things slick could leave you with genital herpes.
He further noted that Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, HPV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis can also all be transmitted to the genitals through saliva.
“Using saliva as lube provides a perfect storm to alter the vaginal or anal ecosystem enough to trigger one of these infections,” he said.
In a bid to get more insight on the matter, THE WHISTLER contacted Nwala, and he disclosed that the act of using saliva as lubricant can further affect the reproductive system.
“If the sex involves the use of saliva for lubrication and partners have either of the infections I mentioned previously, the reproductive system could be affected.”
The Doctor, however, recommended the use of lubricants specially made for sexual intercourse like the KY lubricant and Durex lubricant if a need for it during lovemaking arises.