Can You Get Pregnant From Swallowing Sperm? And 6 Other Sex Myths


You know that sexual intercourse can get you pregnant. You assume that oral sex is the safer route. But then you read somewhere online that you can actually get pregnant from swallowing semen. Is it true?

We reveal the truth and put five other sex myths to bed.

6 Truth and Myths about the Chance of Getting Pregnant from Swallowing Semen

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1. Can You Get Pregnant From Oral Sex? No!

No, it’s physically impossible to get pregnant from oral sex. Here’s why:

  • Your mouth is not connected to your reproductive organs, so sperm has no way to reach the egg to fertilize it.

Moreover, sperm will be digested by the body in the digestive tract, so it never stood a chance from the moment it entered your mouth.

We’ve seen this question asked by many teens, and it’s an understandable concern. One teen claimed her sex education teacher told her that she could get pregnant from oral sex if she had cuts in her mouth and sperm entered the bloodstream. The good news is that the teacher was dead wrong. The bad news is that he’s spreading misinformation.

Sperm cannot enter the bloodstream this way, and even if it did, you would not get pregnant.

In order for you to get pregnant, sperm must enter the vaginal canal, swim its way up to the fallopian tube and fertilize the egg. Conception can only happen at the time of ovulation, but sperm can live up to five days, which means conception can happen if you have unprotected sex a few days before you ovulate. Oral sex is a safe way to avoid pregnancy, but it’s not a foolproof way to have safe sex.

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2. Oral Sex Is a Safer Alternative to Vaginal Sex

It’s true that you cannot get pregnant from oral sex, or anal sex for that matter. But you’re still at risk of contracting an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease).

Many STDs can be transmitted through oral sex, so be sure to get tested before performing oral sex on a partner and practice safe oral sex.

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3. You Can’t Get Pregnant if you’re On Your Period

It’s not particularly common for women to get pregnant when they’re on their period. But it’s not impossible. How?

Sperm can live for several days in the body, which means they may just stick around long enough to fertilize an egg during ovulation. In a 28-day cycle, ovulation usually occurs on the 14th day from the start of your last period. But we all know that menstrual cycles can vary greatly – some longer, some shorter. If your cycle happens to be shorter, there’s a greater risk that you could get pregnant if you had sex during your period. But even if you have a 28-day cycle, it’s still possible to get pregnant this way, so do practice safe sex at all times if you don’t want to get pregnant.

4. You Can’t Get Pregnant If It’s Your First Time Having Sex

False. Yes, you can get pregnant if you’re ovulating even if it’s your first time having sex. Any time you have unprotected vaginal sex, there is always a risk of getting pregnant.

It’s also possible (although highly unlikely) to get pregnant if you haven’t had your period yet. If you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, always use some form of birth control when you have vaginal sex.

5. You Can’t Get Pregnant If you’re Already Pregnant

While it’s extremely rare, it is actually possible to get pregnant if you’re already pregnant. This is referred to as superfetation, and it’s been documented a few times in humans (10 actually).

One of the more recent cases was a woman named Julia Grovenburg, a 31-year-old woman who had a double pregnancy. She became pregnant twice at two weeks apart. Julia became pregnant with a girl first, and a boy second. Each had its own due date. A case like this can only happen if a woman continues ovulating even after she gets pregnant and if the egg is able to implant itself in the lining of the uterus. These are two things that wouldn’t happen under normal conditions.

But even if this did happen, doctors say superfetation is nothing to be concerned about. In Julia’s case, both babies were expected to be normal and healthy.

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6. Wearing Two Condoms at Once Is a More Effective Way to Prevent Pregnancy

Wrong. Research suggests that wearing two condoms at once is actually more dangerous. Why? Because the two condoms rub together, which causes them to break. A single condom is nearly 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, so there’s no need to “double bag.”

Sex can be confusing, especially for teens and young adults, as the subject is still taboo in most parts of the world. We’ve busted these six sex myths, but if you have any other questions or rumors you want clarified, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.


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