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What Are The Chances of Getting Pregnant From Pre-Ejaculation?

First, it is important to understand what exactly pre-ejaculation is. Pre-ejaculation is fluid produced by a man’s body during sexual intercourse. This fluid travels through the urethra and out of the man’s penis. This fluid helps to clear the way for sperm, and also helps with lubrication during sex. Pre-ejaculation is known by other names as well. Some of these include precum, pre-seminal fluid, or pre-ejaculate.

There is definitely a chance of getting pregnant from pre-ejaculation. While pre-ejaculation is not produced with any sperm in it to begin with, it may pick some up along the way. What happens is that, as it travels through the urethra, the pre-ejaculation may pick up sperm from a previous ejaculation. The sperm then travels with the pre-ejaculation and can cause pregnancy. The best way to avoid having sperm in the pre-ejaculation is for a man to urinate after ejaculating the previous time, but before vaginal penetration.

Counting on withdrawal or “pulling out” as a method of birth control is controversial at best. Success rates run anywhere from 73 to 96% effectiveness. In contrast, the birth control pill is more than 99% effective, and the condom, when used correctly, is around 99% effective. Trying to avoid getting pregnant without ejaculation relies on the man’s ability to know his own body. He has to be able to tell right away when he is about to ejaculate so that he can withdrawal in time. In addition, using this method for birth control relies on the man’s self-control; he has to be able to stop himself at the very height of passion to make sure that he does not ejaculate. And, as noted above, he has to make sure to urinate after ejaculating but before having sex.

There are more reliable ways to make sure that you don’t get pregnant from pre-ejaculation. The male condom, for example, when used correctly, is 99% effective. The chances of getting pregnant while on the birth control pill are less than one percent. While birth control pills or the barrier methods (such as condoms) are not an option, a combination of withdrawal and the rhythm method may be the best way to avoid getting pregnant.

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