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 Withdrawal Method and Your Odds of Conception
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. Another study, published in , found mobile sperm in 37 percent of pre-cum samples given by 27 men. Peeing before you have sex may help flush out any leftover semen, reducing the chance sperm will appear in your pre-cum.
So, wait, is there sperm in precum?
Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. To understand the likelihood of pregnancy from precum pre-ejaculate , we first have to define the effectiveness of the pull-out method, the presence of sperm in precum, and for whom the withdrawal method is and is not recommended. No sperm, no problem. The withdrawal method is generally not considered a very effective form of birth control.
Also, what is precum? Is it like a semen warning shot or does it contain sperm just like semen does? Since sex ed class most likely glossed over this curiosity, we dug through the research and spoke to sexual health experts to get you the answers.