There are a lot of questions out there about pregnancy and sex, everybody from young teenagers to grandparents have questions they want and need answered. But, it is often a taboo subject that isn’t discussed in public or in private. Fortunately with the introduction of the internet, information is literally available at our fingertips. So, is misinformation!
The question of whether or not a pregnancy can result from pre-cum alone is a complex question that any simple answer would not do justice. There are a lot of complex process that go into human reproduction. So, we will start from the beginning, clearing up any grey areas as we go.
How Do You Get Pregnant?
In order to achieve a pregnancy, a female egg must be fertilized by a male sperm and then implant in the uterine wall. At least a single sperm cell must be present and come into contact with an egg, but that is easier said than done. The female reproductive system has many obstacles between the cervix and the fallopian tubes where fertilization happens. In normal circumstances, only one in every 1000 sperm cells will even come close. Fertilization does not always mean pregnancy though, several more processes must take place for there to be a pregnancy. Implantation must occur and that relies on several factor such as where in the cycle the female is and the health of both parents.
In fact, with no contraception during ovulation there is only about a 25 percent chance a woman will get pregnant from unprotected sex during ovulation. Outside of this small fertile period, chance dip to about 5 percent chance of impregnation with no other contraception.
So, What is Pre-Cum?
Pre-cum is any fluid a man produces during sex that is expelled before he reaches an ejaculating climax. It is produce in a different part of the body than sperm and presents as a clear fluid from the tip of the penis, typically in the early stages of arousal. It serves a couple of purposes, mainly to protect the sperm passing through the urethra and lubrication for sex.
The urethra of a penis is typically an acidic environment, therefore hostile to living sperm. To protect against the environment, a man’s body releases the alkaline pre-cum to neutralize the environment, increasing the sperm’s chances of success.
Pre-cum is not always present in sexual encounters, the amount produced can vary widely in individuals as well as in encounters. Some men produce none while other can produce up to 5 ml, and the same man can produce varying amounts for seemingly no reason. These variations are normal.
What is the Difference between Ejaculate and Pre-cum?
Though similar in many ways there are a few key difference between the fluids. Location, location, location. Sperm and seminal fluid is produced mainly in the testes while pre-cum is produced in Cowper’s gland, a completely different place in the reproductive tract. Another difference is that while seminal fluid can vary widely in color and consistency, pre-cum is typically viscous and clear. And the final difference is volume, while the typical ejaculation can be anywhere from one teaspoon to three tablespoons (5-45ml) there is typically only up to one teaspoon (5ml) of per-cum in any one occurrence.
Is There Sperm in Pre-Cum?
There have been studies showing that a certain percentage of men in the population do have low-sperm counts in their pre-cum. However, the sperm count on pre-cum is very low compared with the ejaculate itself and only a minority of men experience this, though for those that do it is shown they do so consistently. Of course, these studies are controversial and have always been small.
If a man does not urinate between ejaculations, it is possible for the second round of pre-cum to pick up left over sperm cells from the previous ejaculation(s). As pre-cum flush the ureteral line sperm cells that are left over from the last ejaculation get swept along with it. This situation is easily avoidable by simply urinating after every ejaculation.
The Pull-out Method
The pull-out method of birth control is whenever the male pulls out of the vaginal canal before he ejaculates. This is a difficult method to use as its success relies heavily on the man’s ability to correctly and effectively pull out each and every time there is sexual intercourse. When used correctly, the pull out method can be up to 96 percent effective, but unfortunately this is rarely the case.
In practice, the pull-out or withdrawal method is the birth control method that is the least effective, coming in after condom usage and ovulation tracking, at only 73 percent effectiveness against pregnancy and no protection against STI’s at all. Condoms are the only available protection against STI’s.
Another issue with this method of birth control is it puts all the responsibility on the male involved and young women in particular need all the empowerment they can find in this area of life. Using some other form of primary birth control such as the pill, shot or IUD can give woman a level of control and confidence that they have not previously experienced.
The easiest answer is yes. In certain situations and with certain partners, a pregnancy can absolutely occur from pre-cum, though the chances are very slim. In these cases sperm is always present for some reason, whether the male produces it as a regular component of his pre-cum, he did not urinate between ejaculations or some other strange circumstance.
If you are trying to get pregnant, you should not be relying on pre-cum to achieve your goals. More certain and easier ways to achieve pregnancy goals. If you are trying to keep from getting pregnant any other method of birth control gives you better protection and more control than relying on your partner to pull out and hoping that there are no sperm cells present.
There is a lot of misinformation available on the subject of pregnancy, just like everything else in the computer age. Make sure to make yourself and your health a priority. Don’t take chance with your future and don’t put your future in someone else’s hands.