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08/01/2020 - Can I be pregnant from pre-cum?

08/01/19 - Female, 13 :

I had sex but he did not cum but we used the pull out method for like 15 minutes, this occurred on December 15th. So basically he got his pre-ejaculate in me. What could the chances be I'm pregnant?

Ali says -

Hello there and thank you for your question

The pull out method is not a safe method of contraception and it puts you both at risk of a sexually transmitted infection and can result in a pregnancy.Even a small amount of sperm on the penis can cause a pregnancy...... there may be sperm on your partners penis even before he ejaculates so it is always best to wear a condom.

Pre-cum or pre-ejaculatory fluid to call it by its correct name is a clear fluid that appears on the tip of the penis when a man has an erection and is sufficiently sexually excited.† It is a common misconception that this fluid is semen that has leaked out before the main ejaculation. This is incorrect because this fluid is produced by something called the Cowper gland and its purpose is to flush out the penis before ejaculation.

So can you get pregnant from pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum)?† Well...... as this fluid does not contain sperm it can't by itself cause a pregnancy.† However as the purpose of this fluid is to flush out the penis it will bring any sperm left in the penis from the last ejaculation to the tip of the penis. If this happens that small amount of sperm could cause a pregnancy.

If the man has urinated since his last ejaculation the urine would have flushed out and killed any left-over sperm in the penis which means in this case a pregnancy wouldn't happen.

The Safest thing is to assume that an erect penis is always capable of causing a pregnancy even before an ejaculation so cover it with a condom before it comes in contact with the vagina.

To answer your question there is a chance you could be pregnant and if your period is late you should talk to a trusted adult and arrange to take a test.You can take a free test at most GPs, family planning clinics or sexual health clinics. You can buy an easy to use pregnancy test at most chemists or large supermarkets for about £10. While a positive test result almost certainly means you are pregnant, a negative result is not always correct and doesn't always mean that you aren't.

The sooner you have completed a test the sooner you can put your mind at rest or plan what to do next.If you are pregnant, the earlier you speak to someone the quicker you will be able to get valuable support in place and the more options you will have around what to do next.I would suggest talking to a parent, family friend or teacher.If you are unable to talk to anyone you can go to Centre 33, a local Cambridgeshire young peopleís charity who will be able to support you to take a test and provide support and advice.Click here to view Centre 33ís website.

You can also view more information on this subject here on Youthoria's sexual health page††

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