Dry humping: 7 tips to making this turn

Medically reviewed by Deborah Weatherspoon, Ph.D., R.N., CRNA — Written by Adrienne Santos-Longhurst on February 27, 2019

Yes, for the most part, dry humping is safe. Dry humping is the act of humping without penetration.

There’s no risk of pregnancy, but if you’re not careful, you can still get a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

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STIs can be transmitted through fluid exchange or skin-to-skin liên hệ.

It’s important that you talk to lớn your partner about your STI status và ask them about theirs before engaging in sexual activity.

When you’re both informed, you can discuss how lớn safely practice dry humping or other activities.

Read on to lớn learn different techniques, positions khổng lồ try, và more.


Don’t knoông chồng dry humping until you’ve tried it!

It may not always look hot và the act can be far from graceful, but dry humping can be quite sexually gratifying.

Sure, there may be some contorting required and your partner might accidentally flip you off the bed in the process, but like any other new adventure, it’s totally what you make it.

Try not to lớn let unnecessary worrying or preconceived notions about the act distract you from this super-hot experience.


How you go about it — from how much or how little you wear khổng lồ how far you go — depends on what you want from it.

You can do it fully clothed or in your underwear. You can vị it standing or sitting, lying down, or even hanging upside down, if you’re so acrobatically inclined.

The great thing about dry humping is that there isn’t a right or wrong technique.

It all comes down lớn rubbing against yourself — or your partner — in a position that provides plenty of friction to lớn your genitals.


This is one of the many perks of dry humping!

There are several ways you can enjoy dry humping solo. The key is to lớn find something to lớn rub up against that’s free of sharp edges và soft enough to enjoy without risking a conversation with a nurse in the ER.

This can be anything from a pillow or a stuffed toy to an upholstered piece of furniture.


Mutual pleasure is the most important thing here, so you’ll want to move together in a way that feels good for both of you.

This could be rubbing your genitals against their thigh, butt, or any other part of the toàn thân that feels good.

If you want khổng lồ use dry humping as a means of foreplay, enjoy the tease and slowly work your way khổng lồ whatever other type of sex you’re both up for.

Otherwise, keeping your clothes on may be the way to go.

Just make sure khổng lồ keep things dry — in the safe sex sense — và be aware of any potential skin-to-skin contact.


When it comes to lớn what to lớn wear, some things are definitely better than others.

First, you’ll want lớn steer clear of zippers và belt buckles to avoid the risk of injury.

Here are some other pointers:

Opt for thin, silky materials for enhanced sensation và easier slide —the thinner the better.Wear something loose enough to allow extra room for your erection.

How much friction you get will depkết thúc on the position.

Some positions are better than others, depending on whether you’re flying solo or dry humping with a partner.

Some positions for partners:

Missionary. Regardless of the equipment — & by equipment we mean penis or vagimãng cầu — one person kneeling between the other’s legs, doing most of the rubbing & thrusting, can provide enough friction lớn get you both off. Cowgirl or reverse cowgirl. Don’t let the outdated name of the position fool you, because this position can be enjoyed by anyone. This basically entails straddling the other person while they’re sitting or lying down. Regardless of which way you face và who’s on top, this position lets both parties get some good friction.Side by side.

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Face each other, interliên kết your legs, & rub away. This position lets you both rub your genitals against the other’s thigh for maximum pleasure times two.

Try these if you’re riding solo:

Rub against a pillow. Lie on top of a pillow or hold it between your legs và rub & squeeze lớn your crotch’s nội dung. Other equally hot variations on pillow humping include placing a pillow at the corner of your bed & straddling it or stacking three pillows and riding the pile.Straddle an armrest. This one’s best for people with vaginas, but those with penises can make it work, too. Find an upholstered easy chair or couch, carefully straddle the armrest, and ride it. Rub baông chồng và forth & side to side — whatever feels good.Get between the mattress & box spring. If you have sầu a penis, the mattress & box spring — as long as it’s sufficiently padded — may provide a great place to slip it in. Depending on the height of the bed, stand facing the mattress and lean your body toàn thân accordingly. Once in place, slip your penis between the two mattresses & thrust.

There’s much more lớn sexual pleasure than just the genitals, so use your hands to explore your toàn thân and theirs.

There’s nothing quite lượt thích the feeling of a hvà running down your spine or two hands eagerly grasping your bottom và pulling you closer.

Here are some “handy” tips for dry humping by yourself or with someone else:

Use your hands khổng lồ guide them. Dry humping can take some trial and error. Use your hands khổng lồ take away some of the error and guide them lớn where it feels good.

Bringing sex toys inlớn the mix can take dry humping khổng lồ another level, whether you’re on your own or playing with your partner.

Here’s how to lớn have fun with toys:

Wear a penis ring. A vibrating penis ring worn under the clothes is an effortless way lớn spice up any sex act and maintain an erection, too.Tuck a vibrator inside your pillowcase. This is an easy way lớn really step up your pillow humping game.

Just like with masturbation and intercourse, dry humping can allow you enough stimulation khổng lồ orgasm.

The buildup of sexual tension can be easily followed by an amazing release if you’re open to it.

Once you find a position or movement that feels good, keep at it và see how far it takes you.


The minute you come inlớn liên hệ with someone’s bodily fluids you put yourself at risk for an STI.

Some STIs, including genital herpes, HPV, và crabs, can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.

Keeping your clothes on & using condoms and dental dams is the best way to avoid a slip-up.


If you’re truly dry humping & there isn’t any penile-vaginal penetration, then pregnancy isn’t possible. Keep your clothes on and you’ll be fine.


If you’re open lớn taking things further — or will be dry humping in flimsy attire poised for a wardrobe malfunction — have sầu condoms ready.

It’s better lớn have a condom on h& & not need it than have nothing at all.

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Adding dry humping to your sexual repertoire is a low-risk alternative sầu to lớn intercourse and a fun way to lớn step up your foreplay game.

Done right, you can enjoy as much pleasure from dry humping as other forms of sex.


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Medically reviewed by Deborah Weatherspoon, Ph.D., R.N., CRNA — Written by Adrienne Santos-Longhurst on February 27, 2019

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