What is considered sexually active?
In medical terms, sexually active is defined as engaging in any form of sexual activity with someone. Be sure to tell your gynecologist about your most recent sexual activity, even if it was several months before. This will help them determine which tests to run to detect sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and review the best birth control options for you.
Being sexually active does not include masturbating. From a strictly medical standpoint, although masturbation is a type of sexual act, it does not involve a partner. Therefore, it doesn’t involve a risk of contracting STIs or getting pregnant.