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Different types of sex & sexual acts: Oral, anal defined

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Written by Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is an award-winning writer with more than five years’ experience covering reproductive topics ranging from birth control to planning pregnancy. She is passionate about providing women with accurate information grounded in science they can use to take charge of their own health - while also dispelling myths that exist within the field of women’s health. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh and currently lives in Ireland.

Fact checked by Jack Pearson, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles

Jack Pearson

Dr. Jack Pearson is a previously HCPC registered Embryologist with a PhD in reproductive medicine. Prior to joining Natural Cycles leading Medical Affairs, he worked for more than 10 years in a clinical setting working at some of the busiest fertility clinics in the UK. Today he spends most of his time working with experts at the world’s leading institutions to carry out important research with the vision to further the field of female health. He earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield specializing in Sperm Metabolism and currently lives in London.

Key takeaways:

  • There are many different types of sex, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex
  • Communicating with your sexual partner is important to ensure sex is consensual and enjoyable
  • Not all types of sex put you at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, but some do, so it's important to take precautions and protect yourself

When you think about sex, what comes to mind? Sexual pleasure means many different things to many different people, and there isn’t just one way to do it. There is no right or wrong way to have sex, as long as what you’re doing is consensual, enjoyable, and safe. In this article, we’ll cover various types of sexual acts, the different kinds of sex people have, and what these involve.

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