Q&A: Possible To Get Pregnant From Dry Sex With Clothes On?

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QUESTION: Can you get pregnant if you have dry sex with your partner and you both are wearing sweatpants or underwear? What if they get a little wet?

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In most cases, pregnancy is not possible from dry sex in which both people are wearing clothes. (Image: "Lover Dreamer" by Robert McCann)

In order for a woman to become pregnant from sex play with a partner, a man’s sperm must make their way to her ovum (also called an egg). This means that at the very least one needs sperm and an egg.

If the sperm find their way to the egg and fertilize the egg, then they next need to implant themselves into a woman’s uterus before a pregnancy can begin.

A Pretty Unlikely Scenario

If you think about it this way, and then think about the situation you are describing, it would be very difficult for sperm to get into a woman’s vagina if both partners are wearing clothing.

Although sperm are quite small, they typically do not make it through most types of clothing unless, of course, both partners were wearing mesh clothing or other clothing with large holes in it, or if they pushed their underwear to the side or were wearing thong underwear and thus somehow had direct genital contact.

However, in most cases, pregnancy is not possible from dry sex in which both people are wearing clothes.

Vaginal Wetness And Pre-Ejaculate

The wetness that you feel could be due to one or both partners. It is common for women to notice vaginal wetness as they become more sexually excited and aroused. This is as a result of natural vaginal lubrication which increases during arousal and can make sexual play more comfortable and pleasurable for women.

Also during sexual excitement and arousal, some men experience noticeable amounts of pre-ejaculate coming out of the tip of their penis. Though pre-ejaculate itself rarely contains sperm, it can still pass sexually transmissible infections, or STIs, as can vaginal fluids. As such, women and men should avoid contact with each other’s genital fluids if they are not sure of each other’s STI status.

Recommended Reading

To learn more about sex play – as well as how to reduce risks of pregnancy and infection – check out The Guide to Getting It On.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/eoban Eoban Binder

    Wooo, I totally voiced this one :)

  • mola4everyourz

    I can swear that picture shows 2 men…. or I might be freaking out :D but the answer is definitely NO even if you're buying the cheapest cheap clothing you can't get pregnant like that lol.

  • dylen

    nice post