Can pre-cum get you pregnant?
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Pre-cum (or pre-ejaculate if we want to use the fancy proper name), is fluid that’s released from the penis during foreplay or sex. It usually happens during arousal, and a common question is whether pre-cum can get you pregnant.

Well, the quick answer is that yep, pre-cum can possibly get you pregnant. This is because pre-cum can contain sperm. So, what does this mean when it comes to sex?

The pullout method is not a good idea

The withdrawal method, or pullout method, is a form of contraception where someone pulls their penis out of the vagina before ejaculation.

It’s not a recommended method for a few reasons, including the fact that pre-cum can get you pregnant. The pull out method also relies a lot on willpower and pulling out right before ejaculation. In the heat of the moment, that’s definitely easier said than done!

Need more persuasion to say no to the pull out method? According to one study, out of every 100 people using only withdrawal as birth control, an estimated 20 to 27 of them will get pregnant within one year. Not sure about you, but we’re not liking those odds.

It’s not just pregnancy you need to think about

Pre-cum can get you pregnant, but there are also sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea to think about.

STIs like these are passed on via bodily fluids, including pre-cum. Many STIs don’t have any symptoms, so you wont know if you or a partner has one unless you get tested regularly.

The magic combination of condoms and regular testing

One of the safest ways to enjoy sex is to always use a condom (this goes for oral, vaginal and anal sex). Condoms are available in all sizes and even flavours, meaning you’ll always be able to find something that works for you.

It’s also important to have regular STI tests; every 6-12 months, if you change sexual partners, if you experience any symptoms or if you have unprotected sex. STI tests are super quick and easy and you can book one with your GP or at your closest sexual health clinic.
Do you have a question about sex or sexual health? Visit the Play Safe forum or ask Nurse Nettie.

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