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Outercourse is sexual activity that does not involve penetration. No bodily fluids are intended to be exchanged, and outercourse is therefore often considered a practice of safer sex as well as of birth control (but see below for exceptions).

Some practices of outercourse include sexual roleplaying, heavy petting, clothed frotteurism, and mutual masturbation. Outercourse also includes oral sex, though of course that may lead to exchange of bodily fluids.

Other specific forms of outercourse include:

  • axillary intercourse: putting the penis in the other person's armpit
  • interfemoral intercourse (also known as intercrural): putting the penis between the other person's thighs
  • Mammary intercourse : putting the penis between the other person's breasts
  • Navel intercourse or Tummy job : rubbing the tip of the penis on the navel
  • Frotteurism and tribadism: same sex genital-to-genital friction.

Note that with oral sex, there is a higher risk (varying on how much higher by what activity one is referring to) of getting sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV) than with other forms of outercourse, but studies have shown (so far) that there is less chance of getting these diseases through oral sex than with vaginal intercourse. A recently found exception is the correlation between tonsil cancer and the Human Papilloma Virus (that usually causes cervical cancer).According to the Swedish Karolinska Institute

One can reduce the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases this way by using barrier methods. The risk of pregnancy for heterosexuals with oral sex is only through contact between sperm-bearing fluids such as semen or Cowper's fluid and female sex organs, though the sex organs aren't usually in close contact with oral sex.

Note that interfemoral intercourse and genital rubbing, although notionally forms of outercourse, can carry a risk of pregnancy for heterosexuals through transfer of sperm-bearing fluids such as semen or Cowper's fluid to the sex organs, and that any of the activities above can pose a risk of sexually transmitted diseases if any body fluids are deposited on wounds or mucous membranes such as those of the sex organs or anal membranes.

Outercourse in preparation of intercourse is also called foreplay.

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