Frottage

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What is Frottage / Dry Humping

Frottage is the technical term for "dry humping". It is defined as a sexual activity where  people rub their bodies against each other. Frottage can be performed either naked or clothed. The definition of dry humping is, in other words, not specific about the level of skin-to-skin contact.

Is Frottage Safe Sex?

When done clothed, frottage is a very safe form of sexual contact (as long as nobody falls off the bed...

or the couch). There is neither exchange of bodily fluids or skin to skin contact, so the only real transmission route is kissing.

When done naked, however, there may be a risk of some diseases, such as genital warts, being passed from skin to skin during the act of dry humping. However, it is still much safer than many other forms of sexual activity..

A similar sexual act, primarily discussed in lesbians, is  tribadism

Who has Frottage?

Dry humping is a relatively common form of sexual engagement between adolescents and adults of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It can be engaged in as an enjoyable activity in and of itself or as a form of foreplay.

Because frottage doesn't involve penetration or, often, direct genital stimulation, some people may not consider it to be a form of sex. However, as it can lead to pleasure, arousal, and even orgasm, I would tend to disagree. That said, it all depends on a person's definition of sex.

Sources:

Bonnar J, Lamprecht V, O'Conner E. Alternatives to vaginal intercourse practiced during the fertile time among calendar method users in Ireland. Adv Contracept. 1997 Jun-Sep;13(2-3):173-7.

Lyons A, Smith AM, Grierson JW, von Doussa H. Australian men's sexual practices in saunas, sex clubs and other male sex on premises venues. Sex Health. 2010 Jun;7(2):186-92. doi: 10.1071/SH09101.

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