Dry sex

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For another meaning, see Non-penetrative sex.

Dry sex is the sexual practice of having sexual intercourse without vaginal lubrication. Vaginal lubrication can be removed by using herbal aphrodisiacs, household detergents, antiseptics,[1] by wiping out the vagina,[2] or by placing leaves in the vagina[2] besides other methods.[3] Dry sex is associated with increased health risks.

Removing or preventing vaginal lubrication through practices associated with dry sex increase friction during intercourse, which may be perceived as increased vaginal tightness, and enhanced sexual pleasure for the male partner.[4] Some men who insist on dry sex regard "wet" women to be unchaste.[5] Dry sex can be painful for men[6][7] and women.[1] Dry sex is common in Sub-Saharan Africa[1][2] and it has also been reported in Suriname among Afro-Surinamese women.[8]

Health risks[edit]

The practice has been linked to the high incidence of HIV/AIDS infection in Sub-Saharan Africa.[1] The practice is regarded as increasing the risk of transmitting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) for both partners, including HIV[1][3] in a number of ways. Increased friction during intercourse may cause lacerations in vaginal tissue.[9] Drying the vagina also removes the natural antiseptic lactobacilli which can combat sexually transmitted diseases. Furthermore, dry sex increases the risk that a condom will break because of the increased friction. It may also result in vaginal inflammation and/or traumatic lesions which in turn may increase the transmission of STDs in other ways.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Concern voiced over "dry sex" practices in South Africa". Cirp.org. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b c [1]
  3. ^ a b International Family Planning Perspectives, Volume 24, Number 2, June 1998, Vaginal Drying Agents and HIV Transmission by Karen E. Kun.
  4. ^ http://www.jstor.org/pss/3775349
  5. ^ Sunanda Ray, Nyasha Gumbo, Michael Mbizvo (May 1996). "Local Voices: What Some Harare Men Say about Preparation for Sex". Reproductive Health Matters (Reproductive Health Matters) 4 (7): 34–45. doi:10.1016/S0968-8080(96)90004-X. JSTOR 3775349. 
  6. ^ January 2001 edition of "Parade": Page 45: "Dry sex is paifnul for both men and women and may expose one to infection."
  7. ^ "Women in Action" published 2001 by Isis International Page 11: "there is nothing pleasant about dry sex because both the man and woman feel pain and they experience cuts"
  8. ^ van Andel T, de Korte S, Koopmans D, Behari-Ramdas J, Ruysschaert S (February 2008). "Dry sex in Suriname". J Ethnopharmacol 116 (1): 84–8. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2007.11.003. PMID 18083316. 
  9. ^ Hyena, Hank (1999-12-10). ""Dry sex" worsens AIDS numbers in southern Africa". Salon.com. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 

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