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Prime Directive style laws have always seemed weird to me. For one thing, they're treated as an unrealistically high priority. Even if you assume that it's literally the most important thing ever, laws which mandate that the lives of ship crew are less important than cultural isolation aren't going to lead to cultural isolation being upheld in a situation where that's the choice, they're going to lead to the crew staging a mutiny and probably violating the directive with reckless abandon since they're already criminals. For another, they don't seem to ever talk about the steps after a species proves worth of first contact, when I think there's a lot more risk to giving something like modern humanity weaponizable super-tech than there is to stopping over to say hi to some cave-dwellers who just worked out that fire makes meat tasty.
Apparently the Comms commander has been studying up and can likely comment on compatability.
Although she did say "wow, they do it like that too". She also noted that humans show creativity in copulation and "not just between each other" which I always took as a reference to self satisfaction, however it might have been a reference to artistic depiction between humans and humanoid creatures.
Apparently both they and humans have similar enthusiasm for copulation so I'd dare say that if required anatomy isn't compatible for direct copulation, they'd likely figure out how to make things enjoyable for each other in alternate ways as humans are already prone to do.