Many people take the risk of having sex without protection because they believe that as long as they don’t cum, the woman won’t get pregnant. While this makes perfect sense, it’s not the case at all. Precum can cause a woman to get pregnant although the male didn’t fully ejaculate inside of her.
Pulling out may lower the risk of getting pregnant, but there will always be a chance of pregnancy due to precum. Let’s determine what precum is first before we dig deeper into the subject.
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What is Precum?
Can you get pregnant from pre cum? The short answer is yes. Precum occurs when a male is aroused and before a person has an orgasm. Now, this white sticky fluid isn’t as thick as regular cum and won’t have the same potency.
In fact, precum doesn’t contain any sperm – at all. But, it can still get you pregnant. The issue is that this precum flows through the same opening that cum does. So, leftover sperm is picked up in the urethra, will travel with the pre cum and can cause pregnancy.
Scientists still don’t know the exact reason for pre-ejaculate, but they believe that it helps reduce the acidity in the vagina. Ultimately, by reducing the acidity levels, the sperm would survive longer inside of the vagina as it travels. Acid will kill the sperm, so pre cum aims to lessen this acidity to promote fertilization.
Can precum get you pregnant? Absolutely, but the chances are much lower than regular cum.
Studies found that out of a sampling of 27 men, only 41% of them had sperm in their precum. The amount of sperm present was very low, but that doesn’t indicate that pregnancy can’t occur. There is simply a lower chance for pregnancy.
If you’re practicing the pull out method, you’ll want to ensure that cum does not come in contact with the vagina at all. Many couples believe that as long as cum is on the outside of the body, the woman won’t get pregnant. However, this is only partially correct. Cum located near the vagina can travel inside of the vagina with even just a drip of cum.
So, you want to ensure that you do not ejaculate on the outside of the vagina or in the immediate vicinity. Even a minute amount of ejaculate contains enough sperm for a woman to get pregnant. Instead, you want to wear a condom or ensure that the woman is on birth control to prevent any unexpected pregnancies from occurring.
Question 1: Can I Get an STD from Precum?
Precum has been associated with a “safe way” to ensure that STDs are not transferred. This is misinformation that every couple should be aware of. Studies have demonstrated that HIV is present in the majority of precum samples.
This demonstrates that precum can carry an STD.
A major issue exists with precum because it often flows through the urethra and escapes out of the tip of the penis unnoticed. Unlike ejaculation, men are not able to feel precum and won’t know when precum is starting to come out of the body.
Question 2: What Are The Chances of Getting Pregnant from Precum?
Pre-ejaculate occurs before ejaculation. When a man reaches this point, there will be two times in which a woman can become pregnant:
- High Risk: A high of pregnancy exists if a man ejaculates fully during intercourse. This would occur after precum.
- Low Risk: Precum without full ejaculation presents a low risk of pregnancy.
There is a very low amount of sperm in precum fluid. This amount is much lower than what is present inside of a man’s cum, but there is still a risk of pregnancy occurring.
A good way to visualize this is to know how much sperm is found within normal cum. In normal ejaculation, there are approximately 100 million sperm in just one milliliter of fluid. This sperm then gets lessened because only 10 million sperm will get past cervical mucus in the woman’s vagina.
The uterine tract will also filter an additional 10% of sperm, leaving just 1 million sperm left. Ultimately, only 100,000 sperm that will exist long enough to enter the fallopian tubes. This all occurs when there is 100 million sperm. Precum only contains 3 million sperm on average (when present).
The chances of pregnancy are extremely low, but they do exist.
Question 3: What Methods Are Effective to Avoid Pregnancy?
Avoiding pregnancy requires diligence and some other form of contraceptive aside from the famous pull out method. There are plenty of forms of contraceptives on the market, but the most common are:
- Condoms: A very highly effective way to prevent pregnancy and STDs. Condoms are worn over the penis and trap semen before it’s allowed to enter into the vagina. There is a 0.02 chance of becoming pregnancy when a condom is worn.
- Female Condom: While not as common, the female condom can be purchased over-the-counter and has proven to be 95% effective at protecting against pregnancy. More expensive, a female condom is more durable and can be inserted into the vagina up to 8 hours before intercourse.
- Birth Control: Birth control can be highly effective, but it depends on the woman. The percentage of protection that birth control provides is 91% – 99%. The 91% protection is a little low for most people and will provide a 9% chance of pregnancy. Ultimately, 1 out of 12 people on birth control can become pregnant based off of these statistics.
A mix of contraceptives is recommended to boost the risk of successful pregnancy avoidance. Typically, a condom and birth control are used in conjunction with one another to ensure the utmost in protection against getting pregnant. The pullout method can be used at this time to further reduce the risk of getting pregnant.
Contraceptive implants are becoming more popular and require surgery to be implanted in the body. These implants are very effective, yet they come with side effects that can be life threatening and will be very costly.
Male sterilization provides full protection against pregnancy. A woman can get her tubes tied, which would reduce the risk of pregnancy with a very high accuracy rate. While 99.9% effective, there have been cases wherein a woman with her tubes tied did get pregnant, but this is not the norm.
Question 4: Can Dry Humping Precum Get You Pregnant?
Can you get pregnant from pre cum when dry humping? There is always a possibility, but the chances are so small that it is very unlikely. Since precum contains such little sperm, if any, there is already a small chance of getting pregnant.
Since dry humping occurs outside of the body, it would take a drop of precum to drip into the vagina and pass through the cervical mucus all the way into the fallopian tubes for pregnancy to occur.
Can it happen? Hypothetically, it can happen, but the chances are extremely low. In fact, the chances are so low that it would be nearly impossible for pregnancy to occur with dry humping.
Precum does contain sperm in most samples thanks to the cut in the urethra. If you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, make sure you do not allow precum to enter into the vagina.