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How Far Inserted To be Considered Sex

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

This isn't the first time I've asked this and it would be nice to get a response this time. How far does a penis have to be inserted in the vagina to be considered sex?

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Dear How Far Inserted To be Considered Sex,

 

The answer depends on why you are asking the question. If you are trying to determine what constitutes losing your virginity or if your partner is cheating on you then the answer is somewhat subjective. For a more objective definition we could look at the legal definition of penetration that is used by law enforcement to determine if a sexual assault took place. Sexual intercourse, or any other intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person's body or of any object into the genital or anal openings of the victim's, defendant's, or any other person's body constitutes sexual penetration (Taken from the McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine.) This definition is used by the law when the sexual activity between two people is non-consensual.

 

What is really important to remember is that anytime a penis comes in contact with a vagina, even without penetration there is a risk of pregnancy or transmission of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).   Most males discharge a small amount of fluid before ejaculation. This fluid is called pre-cum or pre-ejaculatory fluids. This pre-cum is usually not felt by the male. It does contain sperm and semen, which can lead to pregnancy and STD infection. Whenever engaging in any sexual activity you should always practice safer sex.

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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