I have seen numerous movies with sex scenes:

Friends with Benefits is one, No Strings attached (insertion is not filmed here) and several others where the intercourse is actually on camera (the insertion as well).

This makes me curious as to what sort of conditions and requirements there are for both man and woman as to not cause accidental pregnancy, or transmit any STD, or any internal injuries.

What do film producers do to ensure none of this happens and full safety is applied to the scene itself as well as the actors?

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    Are you limiting this question to "proper" pornographic films? Hollywood films of course don't include real sexual activity between actors. Male actors (if naked) will wear 'socks' on the part of their anatomy that rhymes with 'sock'.
    – user43022
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 6:16
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    @Paulie_D But few films like Antichrist achieve to show proper sex somehow and I heard few film do real sex too while doubles doing the main part.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 7:12
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    Plenty of independent or non-US films that can't be considered pornography have non-simulated sex scenes. I'm surprised film scholars Pete and Paulie_D do not know this.
    – aryxus
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 22:38
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    Not sure why the down-votes on this one - it's a perfectly valid question.
    – komodosp
    Commented Sep 13, 2017 at 8:05

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They're not having sex (unless you're watching proper hard-core pornographic films).

A lot is implied, but it's only acting and you'll never visually the actual act happening. If a male actor is nude, then they'll invariably be wearing a 'sock' for modesty. Female actors may be naked, or wearing a merkin.

Of course, most of what you see is stuff you don't see - acting is usually under covers, from behind, or off-camera (there being a close up of kissing/sweating instead of the 'lower' regions).

EDIT: I'm referring here to mainstream Hollywood films as per the ones given in the question. Obviously independent films or films creating in countries without Hollywood levels of obscenity laws can be as shocking/explicit as they like.

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    It will be useful to add that a lot of the time CGI is employed, like in this Jessica Alba nude scene, to remove skin-coloured underwear. In Game of Thrones they tend to use body-doubles for nude scenes, and they replace the face in post with CGI, or otherwise cleverly shoot the scene to get around this. Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 8:02
  • True, there's a wide range of methods that allow actors not to have sex. I'd guess that many viewers would find overly graphic sex (even if it's CGI generated) as somewhat distasteful/uncomfortable.
    – user43022
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 8:09
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    There are non-pornographic movies which feature non-simulated sex: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsimulated_sex . And GoT doesn't use body doubles that often.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 8:16
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    Simply not true. While rare, some non-porno films do show actual explicit sex or sex acts. Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 15:52
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    "They're not having sex (unless you're watching proper hard-core pornographic films)." - is simply a false statement. I don't need to supply a separate answer to point that out. The OP, while citing examples of films he/she has seen, never says that it is restricted to popular, mainstream distribution films. Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 18:10

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