Many people participate in dry sex as a fun, safer alternative to intercourse. There is no universal method of dry sex. Some participate in dry sex fully dressed, while others participate in dry sex wearing only underwear. The defining characteristic of dry sex is that there is no penetration of the vagina, mouth, or anus. There are many different variations of dry sex.
Vaginal dryness can be caused by hormonal changes, irritants to delicate tissues, anxiety, and more. Here's how to keep a lack of vaginal lubrication from causing painful sex. Fortunately, there are nearly as many options for dry vagina relief as there are causes. This may be good news for the two-thirds of women over 60 who list vaginal dryness as one of their top two sexual health problems — the other being lack of interest in sex — as part of a survey of more than women to identify sexual health challenges.
Dry humping is sexual contact, but without bodily fluid contact, usually through underwear or clothes. People usually use the term to refer to the rubbing of genitals. This can be when a person rubs them on furniture or two people rub their genitals together through clothing. Sexual health experts often call dry humping and related behaviors outercourse. Outercourse is safe, and people cannot normally get pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection STI from dry humping.
Dry sex is also used to describe the act of intercourse with an unlubricated vagina. To achieve this effect, people insert things like chalk or sand into their vagina, or douche with caustic agents like detergent, antiseptic, and even alcohol and bleach. Blame it on a combination of complex biological, economic, and cultural factors — and a lack of access to accurate sex education. Older research shows that the practice of using vaginal drying agents to please a partner is more prevalent in parts of Africa but also happens in Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, and Haiti.