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Alternatives to Intercourse

Updated: JANUARY 18, 2016

For personal or spiritual reasons, some couples choose to abstain from sexual intercourse before marriage. By this token, some people choose to adopt various alternatives to intercourse. This can enhance physical and emotional intimacy while creating much stronger ties between both parties. Contrary to popular belief, there are multiple techniques that a couple can adopt to have sex without intercourse.

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Mutual masturbation is one of the most popular alternative to intercourse. By this token, both partners stimulate each other’s genital and other erogenous zones in a bid to climax together and simulate sex. Oral sex is another common alternative to intercourse since each person can easily bring his or her partner to orgasm without penetration.

Couples often indulge in non-penetrative sex in an attempt to recreate the motions and sensations simulated during intercourse. It is also known as 'outercourse.’ It is non-penetrative sex may involve fingering, frottage, erotic massage, footjob, mammary intercourse, or nipple stimulation.

Contrary to popular belief, non-penetrative sex can also increase the risk of sexually-transmitted infections like herpes, genital warts, HPV, syphilis, or scabies.


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