What Exactly Counts As Sex? Is Sex Equal To Sexual Intercourse?

Leela Adwani |Jun 14, 2020

in the sex education 101 section today, we will discuss what counts as sex according to the majority.

There is no doubt that we are living in hookup culture, especially when millennials don’t consider this definition a big deal anymore. Talking about hooking up, some terms must be clearer than others.  If we call kissing with the tongue as a French kiss, when it comes to sex, one of the most asked questions is that what exactly counts as sex?

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What is sex? Let's find the answer together!

To be honest, many agree that the exact definition of sex does not matter at all. The only and most important thing that two people can give each other consent and they are using protection.

However, in the sex education 101 section today, we will discuss what counts as sex, according to the majority.

Masturbation

Yes, many people are wondering why if they have masturbated before can be considered sex. The answer is NO, masturbation doesn’t equal sex. However, remember that masturbating before or even during sex is the norm. It even helps you lead to a greater orgasm. Both of you, of course, can take your intimacy to a higher level with masturbation.

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Masturbation isn't considered sex for many

It has nothing to with virginity and is also a safe way to help you know more about your own body and have a good preparation for sex. You can figure out where and what turns you on yourself and there is no need to worry about pregnancy or STIs also.

Didn’t reach orgasm

Some think that only when they have an orgasm can be counted as sex. Sorry, but they are wrong. It’s really normal if you or he/she can’t reach that experience during the first, second, or even hundredth time of having sex.

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Don't worry if you haven't reached an orgasm yet

So don’t read and don’t worry too much if you haven’t experienced an orgasm yet as it takes time, my friend!

Outercourse

The list of what exactly counts as sex cannot be complete without mentioning outercourse. This term is defined in several ways as it largely depends on the one you are talking to.

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There are different ways of outercourse

However, according to experts from Heath Q&A Internet Resource of Columbia University,

Outercourse is "lovemaking without penetration into a vagina or an anus. It allows a couple to be sexual, more intimate, and even orgasmic with one another without having sexual intercourse."

Masturbating together, making out, dry humping, and using sex toys are some examples.

Two seconds

What if it lasted for only two seconds can be called sex? Yes, it’s still sex even for just two seconds. You can do masturbation or outercourse as long as you want so they don’t consider sex.

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The question of what exactly counts as sex can be seen obviously here. It’s time to distinguish between Sex and None Sex Label. How long your sex section lasts is not a matter but need to make sure you or your partner have to use condoms to avoid the possibility of getting pregnant and the chance of infections transmitted.

Just a reminder but if you are sexually active, you should be aware of protecting yourself by taking regular tests for STIs and encourage him/her to do the same. And even you usually go for a test, the condom is always a priority.

If you put your penis halfway in

Questions are rife on how many percentages of your penis can be put in to count as sex. Yes, like the above-mentioned section, no matter how far you get in, the condom is always a must.

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Condom is always a must

>>> Suggested topic: 5 Safe & Secret Places To Get Free Condoms In India You Might Not Know

Anal sex or oral sex?

A lot of people misunderstand oral sex with outercourse as both of them can’t make her you/your partner get pregnant. Some don’t consider it real sex as they refer it as third base.

However, what exactly counts as sex is definitely oral and anal. They are also kinds of sex, but this opinion differs. Yes, it’s totally up to you.

When your partner says it doesn’t “count as sex”?

Be wise, girls! Sex means different from different perspectives and different mindsets. It depends on the way you think also but when you agree to take your relationship to a higher level of intimacy, never forget condoms.

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Respect your partner

If she doesn’t consent

Yes, in case your partner doesn’t consent to sex, under any type they are all termed as sexual assault or rape. Don’t need to know what point or what kind of hookup, as long as she says stop or no or changes her mind, the man should stop immediately.

Perhaps, the views and definitions about the sex of each other might be different. A lot of people in modern society actually count sex as sexual intercourse. No matter what exactly counts as sex you think, protecting yourself by doing safe sex should always be prioritized.

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