It only takes one good swimmer. Junior high sex-ed class made us believe that if a boy so much as sneezed on you, you could get pregnant. And if he managed to get precum in the vicinity of your vagina? Well, you might as well start planning your baby shower. But now that we're adults, we were curious: What are the odds of pregnancy by precum, really? So we spoke to two sexual health MDs to find out.
Before men climax, they release a fluid known as pre-ejaculation, or pre-cum. Pre-cum comes out right before semen, which has live sperm that can lead to pregnancy. Read on to learn how and why. Pre-cum is a lubricant produced by a gland in the penis. In fact, a study found mobile sperm present in the pre-cum of nearly 17 percent of its male participants.
When not using a condom or other barrier method during sex, liquid from the penis can enter the vagina without either party knowing. Even with the best form of protection, it is always possible that sexual intercourse can result in an unintended pregnancy. In this article, we discuss precum and the risk of getting pregnant from this preejaculate fluid. Before ejaculating, the penis releases fluid that people many call precum, or preejaculate. Precum comes out involuntarily before ejaculation. The fluid is partially for lubrication. Since sperm can stay in the urethra, urinating before having sex may reduce the chance that semen will mix with the precum. Precum itself is a lubricant, but that does not mean that it cannot transport semen or sperm from the penis to the vagina. Precum is also not voluntary.
Back to Pregnancy. Yes, although the risk of getting pregnant in this way is very low. If you want to avoid getting pregnant, you should use contraception. A man's semen the liquid produced when he ejaculates or "comes" contains millions of sperm. One ejaculation can contain more than million sperm. As soon as the penis is erect, before the man ejaculates, a liquid called pre-ejaculate is produced. This liquid can contain thousands of sperm.