So can you get pregnant from precum? The short answer is: Yes, you can get pregnant from precum. Though the chances are quite low.
Pre-cum (Pre-ejaculate or Cowper’s fluid) is the transparent, viscous fluid, coming out of penis at the moment of erection or sexual arousal. Almost like the semen, but contains quite a few spermatozoa (sperm cells, delivering the nucleus with the genetic information of the male to the ovum of the female). The concentration of the active sperm in the pre-ejaculate is variable and individual. Presumably, the pre-cum works like a lubricant and acid neutralizer. Not only the concentration of sperm in pre-cum is individual, but also the presence of pre-cum at all. Some men don’t produce this type of liquid at all.
Pregnancy is (lat. Graviditas) is a special state of the woman’s body, in which her reproductive organs are incubating and developing an embryo or fetus. Pregnancy is the result of a merger of female and male sex cells as a result of fertilization of the ovum by the sperm, which is an active carrier of the man cells.
The matter: pregnant from precum
You can easily get pregnant from precum under the following conditions:
- You have so-called “dangerous days” – ovulation
- You are not using any other method of contraception, but the coitus interruptus (aka the pull out method or withdrawal)
- Your partner has already ejaculated previously and this is your second or more intercourse per day.
In the case the above-written conditions coincide, the chances of getting a girl pregnant with pre-cum are quite high.
Before having unprotected sex with a partner you are not going to have children with in the nearest future, choose the best method of contraception for you. However, if the intercourse took place and you’re not sure, if that would lead to pregnancy – there’s a low risk. I personally know only two women, who got pregnant that way.
In order not to cram yourself with hormonal pills, exclude the most important risk factors. Make an ovulation test, check your period calendar, if you have one. If you don’t – get yourself one.
Knowing the date of your ovulation may help you to predict the days of the higher risk of letting birth out of control. And only after that, if you are afraid that there was a risk of penetration of the active spermatozoids on your territory – study the emergency contraception means.
Also check: Can You Get Pregnant on Your Period?
So why there’s a certain risk of pregnancy without the fact of the ejaculation?
A certain quantity of capable of fertilization sperm is released during your sexual intercourse with a natural lubricant together with penis erection. That’s why getting pregnant by the male secretions is, of course, possible, but the probability is low.
A certain percentage of the sperm can remain in the urethra after the previous ejaculation, and may present in secretions or on the penis.
The next time you have sex, they can easily fall into the vagina if the man has not observed certain hygiene rules after the previous coitus. The possibility to conceive is higher for the second and subsequent sexual acts that are not accompanied by shower before each of them.
Coitus interruptus can be more dangerous not only because of the risk to get pregnant from precum.
Each man experiences difficulty in this delicate matter: do not think that it’s so easy – to catch the right moment before the onset of ejaculation. Unfortunately, this also disturbs a man to relax completely and experience the full range of sexual pleasure. And even with an excellent ability to capture the right moment, there is a risk of pregnancy as the sperm can easily get into the vagina from the hands or even bed linen. We must not forget that sperm lives for about 3 to 7 days in a friendly environment, which is the vagina.
Unfortunately, due to the absence of the possibility to obtain a certain data on the way a woman actually got pregnant, it is hard to get any true statistics of precum pregnancies. We may rely only on the mentioned above facts to state that there’s a chance of getting pregnant that particular way. Many men are not even aware that they discharge precum during intercourse, moreover, they can’t control it.
Accepting the risks of pre-cum pregnancy
Preventing an unwanted pregnancy is far better, than aborting it for many reasons. There’s no chance of getting pregnant from precum while taking birth control pills (if taking them right) or combining the contraception methods with one another. But in case there’s no trust between partners or pregnancy is not an option for any of the partners and you consider a probable pregnancy as a risk – this feeling will definitely affect the quality of sex itself. It is better if you choose a partner, with whom you are not afraid to get pregnant of pre-cum or secure the intercourse with the additional means. One must also remember, that precum, just like semen itself can transport many sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, that “sticks” to semen. The research cases show, that some viruses (like hepatitis) can be contained in a spermatozoon itself, thus causing vertical transmission of the disease (directly to the cells of the fetus).
The easiest way to secure the contraception effect of coitus interruptus and avoid a pre-cum pregnancy, however, is to use a contraceptive gel, suppository or cream, which are plenty in the market and safe for your health.