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Is This Considered Penetration?

Published: August 22, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
If I rub the out side of her vagina is that considered penetration of the vagina
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Dear Is This Considered Penetration?,

This would not be considered penetration. Penetration would involve inserting the penis into the vagina.

However, it is important to keep in mind that this type of sexual activity can have its risks. According to Planned Parenthood:

Some people may not realize that there could be a risk of pregnancy through genital-to-genital contact even without penetration. Lots of people may not consider this sex but it does have risk if unprotected. When someone participates in this behavior, it lowers the effectiveness of abstinence.

TeenHealthFX is unsure whether or not you are currently having intercourse. If you are, or at whatever point in the future that you decide to, it is important to speak to your doctor about safer sex precautions for the future. Doctors generally recommend that teens and young adults who choose to be sexually active use condoms each and every time they have sex to protect against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs, as well as a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot. Your doctor can make the best recommendations for you and your partner, and discuss with you how to use properly use birth control to maximize its effectiveness.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

FX also suggests that you check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can learn about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, birth control, STDs and more. The more educated you are about these topics, the more likely you will make healthy decisions for yourself when it comes to your sexual health.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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