Q&A Pregnancy Without Penetration?

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QUESTION: Could I have gotten my partner pregnant by rubbing our genitals without clothes on? I did not come near her vagina at all. I don't really know if pre-cum touched her vulva, but I never penetrated. But, could pre-cum get a girl pregnant just on the outside the vagina (vulva)? Thanks!

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In most cases, there are little to no sperm swept up by pre-ejaculate. Typically it’s just clear fluid from the Cowper’s glands that comes out when a man is feeling sexually aroused.

First, you get bonus points for using the word vulva correctly.

Vulva” refers to the outside parts of a woman’s genitals whereas the word “vagina” refers to the inside birth canal where a penis, fingers, or a tampon may be inserted.

Second, rubbing genitals together does not result in pregnancy – at least as long as no semen gets inside the vagina or too close to the vaginal entrance. Pre-ejaculate (also called “pre-cum”) is not the same as semen.

In most cases, there are little to no sperm swept up by pre-ejaculate. Typically it’s just clear fluid from the Cowper’s glands that comes out when a man is feeling sexually aroused.

Of course, if you don’t want to become pregnant together yet, you’d be wise to look into birth control such as having a condom or two on hand, or asking your partner about considering hormonal contraception such as the pill, patch, shot or ring. It may save you both the anxiety of worrying as much about pregnancy risk in the future.

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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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