Screwing. Doing it. No matter what you call it, vaginal sex is healthy and normal. It can be a good way to share pleasure, but not everyone is into it.
What is vaginal sex?
- Vaginal sex is when something is put into a vagina, usually a penis, fingers, or sex toy.
Does vaginal sex hurt?
- Vaginal sex may be uncomfortable the first time, but it should not continue to hurt if you are moving at a comfortable pace, using lube if necessary and have a sexual partner you can talk to.
Will vaginal sex expose me to any STIs?
- Yes, you can be exposed to STIs during vaginal sex.
- By using a condom you can help protect yourself against STIs.
- If you are using a sex toy for vaginal sex, remember to wash it or put a new condom on it before sharing it between partners or between yourself and a partner.
- For more information on STIs and how to reduce your risk, check out the section on STIs.
How can I protect myself or my partner from pregnancy?
- If you are having vaginal sex with a penis, there is a possibility of pregnancy.
- There are many ways to protect against unplanned pregnancy, including male (external) condoms and female (internal) condoms.
- You can also use a hormonal method of birth control (e.g. pill, patch, ring, IUD) or a non-hormonal method (IUD, sponge, VCF, FAM, etc.).
- For more on how pregnancy happens and how to prevent it, check out the Pregnancy section.
How can I make the most of vaginal sex?
- Start slow if you can. Spend time kissing, caressing and talking to each other so the vagina can get turned on and moist.
- When you are both ready to try something inside the vagina, start with small toys or body parts until you and your partner feel ready moving on to something bigger.
- Take your time. Relax, breathe and be patient.
- If the vagina seems dry, use a water-based lubricant (oil-based lubricants can break down latex condoms).
- Don’t ever put a toy or body part into anyone’s vagina that has been used in anyone’s butt without washing or putting a new condom on it first. Moving bacteria from the butt into the vagina can cause an infection.
- Talk with your partner before vaginal sex and find out what you are each looking for.
- During vaginal sex, talk to your partner about what feels good and what doesn’t.