Medically reviewed by Deborah Weatherspoon, Ph.D., R.N., CRNA — Written by Adrienne Santos-Longhurst on February 27, 2019

Yes, for the most part, dry humping is safe. Dry humping is the act of humping without penetration.

There’s no risk of pregnancy, but if you’re not careful, you can still get a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

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STIs can be transmitted through fluid exchange or skin-to-skin contact.

It’s important that you talk lớn your partner about your STI status và ask them about theirs before engaging in sexual activity.

When you’re both informed, you can discuss how to safely practice dry humping or other activities.

Read on khổng lồ learn different techniques, positions khổng lồ try, and more.


Don’t knock dry humping until you’ve tried it!

It may not always look hot và the act can be far from graceful, but dry humping can be quite sexually gratifying.

Sure, there may be some contorting required & your partner might accidentally flip you off the bed in the process, but lượt thích any other new adventure, it’s totally what you make it.

Try not lớn let unnecessary worrying or preconceived notions about the act distract you from this super-hot experience.


How you go about it — from how much or how little you wear khổng lồ how far you go — depends on what you want from it.

You can do it fully clothed or in your underwear. You can vì chưng it standing or sitting, lying down, or even hanging upside down, if you’re so acrobatically inclined.

The great thing about dry humping is that there isn’t a right or wrong technique.

It all comes down khổng lồ rubbing against yourself — or your partner — in a position that provides plenty of friction lớn your genitals.


This is one of the many perks of dry humping!

There are several ways you can enjoy dry humping solo. The key is to find something lớn rub up against that’s không tính phí of sharp edges and soft enough khổng lồ enjoy without risking a conversation with a nurse in the ER.

This can be anything from a pillow or a stuffed toy lớn an upholstered piece of furniture.


Mutual pleasure is the most important thing here, so you’ll want lớn move together in a way that feels good for both of you.

This could be rubbing your genitals against their thigh, butt, or any other part of the body that feels good.

If you want lớn use dry humping as a means of foreplay, enjoy the tease và slowly work your way to lớn whatever other type of sex you’re both up for.

Otherwise, keeping your clothes on may be the way to lớn go.

Just make sure to keep things dry — in the safe sex sense — và be aware of any potential skin-to-skin liên hệ.


When it comes khổng lồ what khổng lồ wear, some things are definitely better than others.

First, you’ll want khổng lồ steer clear of zippers và belt buckles to lớn avoid the risk of injury.

Here are some other pointers:

Opt for thin, silky materials for enhanced sensation và easier slide —the thinner the better.Wear something loose enough to allow extra room for your erection.

How much friction you get will depover on the position.

Some positions are better than others, depending on whether you’re flying solo or dry humping with a partner.

Some positions for partners:

Missionary. Regardless of the equipment — và by equipment we mean penis or vagina — one person kneeling between the other’s legs, doing most of the rubbing and thrusting, can provide enough friction khổng lồ get you both off. Cowgirl or reverse cowgirl. Don’t let the outdated name of the position fool you, because this position can be enjoyed by anyone. This basically entails straddling the other person while they’re sitting or lying down. Regardless of which way you face & who’s on top, this position lets both parties get some good friction.Side by side.

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Face each other, interlinks your legs, and rub away. This position lets you both rub your genitals against the other’s thigh for maximum pleasure times two.

Try these if you’re riding solo:

Rub against a pillow. Lie on top of a pillow or hold it between your legs and rub và squeeze khổng lồ your crotch’s content. Other equally hot variations on pillow humping include placing a pillow at the corner of your bed & straddling it or stacking three pillows and riding the pile.Straddle an armrest. This one’s best for people with vaginas, but those with penises can make it work, too. Find an upholstered easy chair or couch, carefully straddle the armrest, và ride it. Rub baông xã and forth và side lớn side — whatever feels good.Get between the mattress and box spring. If you have sầu a penis, the mattress & box spring — as long as it’s sufficiently padded — may provide a great place khổng lồ slip it in. Depending on the height of the bed, st& facing the mattress và lean your toàn thân accordingly. Once in place, slip your penis between the two mattresses & thrust.

There’s much more to sexual pleasure than just the genitals, so use your hands to lớn explore your body toàn thân & theirs.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a hand running down your spine or two hands eagerly grasping your bottom and pulling you closer.

Here are some “handy” tips for dry humping by yourself or with someone else:

Use your hands to guide them. Dry humping can take some trial and error. Use your hands khổng lồ take away some of the error and guide them to lớn where it feels good.

Bringing sex toys into lớn the phối can take dry humping to lớn another level, whether you’re on your own or playing with your partner.

Here’s how to lớn have sầu fun with toys:

Wear a penis ring. A vibrating penis ring worn under the clothes is an effortless way lớn spice up any sex act & maintain an erection, too.Tuchồng a vibrator inside your pillowcase. This is an easy way lớn really step up your pillow humping game.

Just lượt thích with masturbation và intercourse, dry humping can allow you enough stimulation to orgasm.

The buildup of sexual tension can be easily followed by an amazing release if you’re open to lớn it.

Once you find a position or movement that feels good, keep at it và see how far it takes you.


The minute you come inlớn liên hệ with someone’s bodily fluids you put yourself at risk for an STI.

Some STIs, including genital herpes, HPV, & crabs, can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.

Keeping your clothes on & using condoms & dental dams is the best way to lớn avoid a slip-up.


If you’re truly dry humping & there isn’t any penile-vaginal penetration, then pregnancy isn’t possible. Keep your clothes on và you’ll be fine.


If you’re open to lớn taking things further — or will be dry humping in flimsy attire poised for a wardrobe malfunction — have sầu condoms ready.

It’s better to lớn have sầu a condom on hand và not need it than have nothing at all.

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Adding dry humping to your sexual repertoire is a low-risk alternative lớn intercourse & a fun way to lớn step up your foreplay game.

Done right, you can enjoy as much pleasure from dry humping as other forms of sex.


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Medically reviewed by Deborah Weatherspoon, Ph.D., R.N., CRNA — Written by Adrienne Santos-Longhurst on February 27, 2019