Non-penetrative sex

sexual activity that usually does not include sexual penetration

Non-penetrative sex is a form of sexual activity which does not involve penetration of the vagina, anus, or mouth, unlike doing penetration in sex.[1][2] Medical professionals accept the term of non-penetrative sex. It is a way to practice safer sex and of birth control as bodily fluids are not exchanged between partners. The form of sex is practised between partners who do not feel ready, are not physically able, cannot or simply do not want to have socially appropriate penetrative sex, but still wish to do a sexual act.

Ancient Greek painting of intercrural sex [en] (a form of non-penetrative sex) between a winged god (Eros or Zephyrus) and a youth (perhaps Hyacinthus)

Non-penetrative sex among others includes types

  • Dry humping; the rubbing of genitals through clothes
  • Armpit sex; stimulating the penis in the other person's armpit.[3]
  • Erotic massage; rubbing all over the body, with or without oil.
  • Handjob; stimulating the penis with the hand.
  • Footjob; stimulating genitals with the feet.
  • Penis-to-penis rubbing.
  • Vulva-to-vulva rubbing
  • Penis stimulation between the other partner's thighs.
  • Penis stimulation between the other partner's buttocks.
  • Penis stimulation between the other partner's breasts.
  • Oral stimulation of nipples.
  • Fingering; stimulating the vagina or anus with the fingers.[4]


  1. Kate Havelin (1999). Dating: "What Is a Healthy Relationship?. Capstone Press. p. 64. ISBN 0-7368-0292-4.
  2. Isadora Alman (2001). Doing It: Real People Having Really Good Sex. Conari. p. 280. ISBN 1-57324-520-8. [1]
  3. axillary intercourse - Dictionary of sexual terms
  4. Morton, Mark Steven (2003). The Lover's Tongue: A Merry Romp Through the Language of Love and Sex. Insomniac Press. p. 186. ISBN 1-894663-51-9.

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