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Can pre cum make you pregnant?

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Question - (1 July 2009) 16 Answers - (Newest, 3 July 2009)
A male United States age 22-25, *_dude writes:

What if a male produces a lot of precum, and he only inserts half of the head of the penis into the vagina... is there any chance that she is pregnant?

or what if he has precum on his fingers and inserts his fingers into the vagina...?

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A reader, anonymous, writes (3 July 2009):

On that 3rd link, you have to cut and paste the entire link into your browser. If you just click on the incomplete underlined link then it takes you to another question and answer. I don't know why this happens.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (3 July 2009):

By the way, for those who want to see some data, here is some data that I have found in the past. I have also seen other studies reported in the NIH PubMed site, but I can't find them at the moment.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12286905

http://www.sexetc.org/faq/pregnancy/992

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_chances_of_getting_pregnant_from_%27pre-ejaculatory_fluid%27

Note that the last one also includes a lot of opinions that are unsubstantiated in the discussion after the first poster cites 4 actual studies.

In actuality, the anon female was the only person who was technically correct about sperm in precum. This quote "Pre-Cum is more potent than regular sperm." is an incorrect urban myth. This one "pre cum is cum..it has millions of little sperms..it just means the cum before he fully ejaculates.." is just simply wrong on all accounts.

I think that the confusion that people have with this is because most people don't really know what precum is. They think that it is just the preliminary ejaculate that many men have prior to their orgasm. That is not what precum is. It is the very slippery and clear fluid that is present before intercourse even begins. It is alkaline and therefore sweet and as stated in my second link, "The fluid makes the urethra less acidic and gives the sperm a better shot at surviving the trip from the guy's testicles to the girl's fallopian tubes."

The pull-out method does not work not because of precum, but because of the initial ejaculation before the guy actually has an orgasm. He simply pulls out too late and after he has already deposited some semen inside the woman.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (2 July 2009):

Precum itself has no sperm in it. It comes from a different source than the parts that make up semen, including the sperm that is made in the testes. Precum comes from the Cowper's gland. If you notice, it is clear in color, instead of white. It is produced as a lubricant prior to intercourse. These are the facts. Now to the real world.

Depending on when the man has last ejaculated and when he has flushed out the urethra with urine, there can be live sperm left in the urethra. Precum can pick up these sperm. It is normally unlikely that there will be enough sperm to cause pregnancy, but it is not smart to depend on this. So the real world answer is that a woman can get pregnant from precum that picks up sperm left behind in the urethra. I suspect that the women who get pregnant using the pull out method do not get pregnant from the precum, but get pregnant because a man can start to ejaculate before his orgasm begins. He will ejaculate some actual semen, containing sperm, before he realizes it is happening. Male ejaculation and orgasm are not always concurrent.

In addition to this possibility, there is also the risk of contracting a STD if having sex without a condom. So the answer is to use a condom when having sex, to have the highest chance of preventing pregnancy and not contracting a STD.

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A female reader, Tisha-1 United States + , writes (1 July 2009):

Tisha-1 agony aunthttp://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control//birth-control-effectiveness-chart-22710.htm

Our poster is 16-17. Can any of our uncles here say with 100% perfect certainty that they could pull out without ANY semen at all entering the vagina at that age? Perfect use means no "oopsies, got a little ejaculate in there, but just one tiny bit before I had the wits to withdraw."

It's a poor choice for preventing unwanted pregnancies. Let's not even get on STIs.

The point is that semen + vagina = potential for pregnancy. Condoms are better than nothing here, would you argue with that?

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (1 July 2009):

This is from the wikipedia entry on "pre-ejaculate":

Many also express concern that pre-ejaculate may contain sperm which can cause pregnancy, using this to argue against the use of coitus interruptus (withdrawal) as a contraceptive method. There have been no large-scale studies of sperm in pre-ejaculate, but some smaller-scale studies suggest that no sperm is present and thus pre-ejaculate is ineffectual at causing pregnancy.[4][5] It is likely, however, that pre-ejaculate which follows a recent ejaculation will contain sperm, as some ejaculate is always left in the duct after orgasm.[6]

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (1 July 2009):

Because of human error. Because a drop of actual sperm gets in there too. Look, I said use a condom anyway. But when people say "it's worse than semen itself!" and get all hysterical without any backup, I'm going to call them on it. But I'll "consider the source"... I suppose if being ignorant and acting purely out of fear is the only thing that stops you from breeding, then it's better than nothing.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (1 July 2009):

Hey Everyone do some research!!!!!! There have been no studies that have said that pre cum contains sperm in it!!! but many small studies that have found no sperm in it Sperm is released from the testes during orgasm and pre cum is released from the cowpers glands ( a different area of the reproductive system) during arousal to provide lubrication and clear the urethra of leftover urine. The concern and risk with pre cum is that if the male recently ejaculated there may be sperm still in the urethra that the pre cum could carry to the vagina. Look at the research on birth control that the government has published believe it or not with perfect use the withdrawl method ( pullout) is a better way to prevent pregnancy than perfect use with the male condom. Of course during any type of sex there is risk of pregnancy and transfer of STD's the best thing to do is to always wear protection ( a condom)!!!!! I am a registered nurse from new Hampshire

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A female reader, betty_black United Kingdom +, writes (1 July 2009):

betty_black agony auntIn reply to anonymous. If thats true why do so many girls get pregnant when using the pull out method then?

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A female reader, Tisha-1 United States + , writes (1 July 2009):

Tisha-1 agony aunthttp://websrvr40nj.audiovideoweb.com/avwebdsnjwebsrvr4501/portal/media/media-050516-pregnancy.html

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A female reader, ffogalilly United States +, writes (1 July 2009):

Pre-Cum is more potent than regular sperm.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (1 July 2009):

Actually, every answer below is wrong. This is a contentious issue, even among "experts", but there have been studies showing that there is sometimes a very tiny amount of sperm in pre-cum, but that it is usually dead etc. If the man hasn't had an ejaculation for a while and has recently urinated, the chances are slim. Looking at the actual anatomy of the penis etc you can see that pre-cum comes from a different place than the sperm does. So usually it has way, way less actual sperm cells in it, if any at all. Use a condom anyway. The chances are not the same as with regular semen, but there still is a chance.

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A male reader, holikdad United States +, writes (1 July 2009):

If it has sperm in it, then yes it'll get someone pregnant.

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A female reader, Starlights United Kingdom +, writes (1 July 2009):

Starlights agony auntyes yes to both counts.

be very careful, those sperms are quick devils!!!

good luck

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A female reader, eyeswideopen United States +, writes (1 July 2009):

eyeswideopen agony auntyes and yes

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A female reader, betty_black United Kingdom +, writes (1 July 2009):

betty_black agony auntYes precum can lead to pregnancy, entering the penis into the vagina without a condom is dangeous at any time.

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A female reader, xcharlottex United Kingdom +, writes (1 July 2009):

yes & yes. Pre cum can get a girl pregnant.

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