In the move to prevent STIs, it’s sensible to know all of the strategies that exist to keep yourself safe. One interesting approach is called outercourse, which simply refers to forms of sex that prevent sperm from entering the vagina. Not only does this prevent unwanted pregnancy but it can also protect you against STIs in some instances.
What is it exactly
So, what does it mean? Outercourse is a catch-all term that has different meanings to different people. For some it is sex without penetration. For others, it is sex but without vaginal intercourse. Bear in mind though that if you engage in oral or anal intercourse, you may remove the risk of unwanted pregnancy, but you are still at risk of STIs – https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control/outercourse.
For this reason, it is always important to remember to use condoms any time you are exchanging bodily fluids. Yes, outercourse reduces the risk of HIV and many other STIs, but some can be spread by skin to skin contact, such as HPV and herpes.
Condoms and latex barriers are the only way to protect yourself fully against STIs. You can get STI testing in London at https://www.checkurself.org.uk/order-a-test-kit/.
The benefits of outercourse
Outercourse is safe, free and has no side effects. It is an effective means of birth control and it has no medical side effects. It can help to build closeness and trust between partners and it can also help sex to last longer. For women, taking the time to explore each other’s bodies without immediately moving to intercourse can help to increase the chance of orgasm. Women have different sexual responses to men and can have more than one orgasm often without vaginal intercourse. One other benefit of outercourse is that it takes the pressure off men to ‘perform’ and just allows partners to be spontaneous, creative and responsive to each other.
Whether you are kissing, manually stimulating or rubbing, or using sex toys, do keep safe sex in mind, and remember that if you move to oral or anal sex, then you will need to use latex barriers in order to remove the STI risk. Set clear limits beforehand, keep communication clear and consider both having a full sexual health screening beforehand to remove any risks, and to offer full peace of mind.