People who do not want to go all the way to sexual intercourse can still be more sexual, more intimate, and even more orgasmic with their lover, thanks to what sex experts call an 'outercourse'.
Whether you''re seeking to abstain, practice safer sex or spice things up, the red hot sexual exchanges involved are well worth exploring.
Outercourse is the umbrella term for any kind of sex play that doesn't involve oral or traditional sex, but still manages to offer sexual gratification for lovers involved in the act.
It''s ideal in minimising the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the risk of pregnancy, reports Fox News.
However, the method is not completely foolproof, as it depends on how much clothing people keep on.
Outercourse allows lovemaking to last longer, and couples are given the opportunity to soak in more of what the sexual experience is about.
Partners may feel closer and more connected with each other and themselves, while for new lovers, it allows them to build trust while feeling sexually connected.
For older, experienced lovers, outercourse can hurl them back in time, helping them to reclaim the thrill of the forbidden nature of sex.
Outercourse embodies a number of sexual activities, including:
Erotic talk -- Whether in the boudoir, over the phone, via text or online, lovers can catapult each other to a carnal cosmos with some lascivious lingo.
Sensual storytelling -- Between reading sexy stories and looking at erotica, lovers can entertain themselves for hours while playing with their own hot spots.
Role-playing -- By sharing fantasies, lovers can pick and choose their preferred real-life passion pursuits.
Erotic massage -- Lovers work every part of the body with scintillating sexual touch.
Kissing -- Suck face and grope each other like teenagers, eventually showering your lover's entire body with kisses.
Cybersex -- Via instant messaging, e-mail, Internet chatrooms, or cyberspace forums, lovers can have tech sex of all types. Maximum satisfaction is realised in how much you choose to touch yourself versus your keyboard.
Strip Teases -- Give your lover his or her own private viewing, being sure to conclude your routine with some lush lip action and titillating touches.
Sexual enhancement products -- Sex toys were practically made for outercourse. Offering variety, experimentation, and hours of entertainment, lovers can explore each other's bodies as they tap all of their senses.
Mutual masturbation -- Pleasure yourself for your partner's pleasure or erotically massage each other's bodies at the same time or take turns stimulating the other.
Dry sex -- Lovers can rub up against each other to no end, stimulating each other into oblivion.
Water works -- Taking to a bath or shower allows for the perfect post-rub down.
The details on outercourse are available in Dr Yvonne K Fulbright's book Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots.