Pregnancy is possible whenever sperm comes into contact with the vagina. Even if someone is having unprotected sex, but they don’t ejaculate in or near their partner, pregnancy can still be possible as well because of something called pre-ejaculate. Pre-ejaculate is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation. Some people release a small amount of pre-ejaculate; others may release quite a bit.
Although pre-ejaculate does not contain sperm when it is produced, it can pick up leftover sperm in the urethra. This means that pre-ejaculate can contain sperm when it leaves the body, creating a risk for pregnancy. Pre-ejaculate can also transmit STIs.
Emergency Contraception can help reduce the risk of pregnancy. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – if ovulation has not already occurred. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after the most recent sexual contact and is more effective the sooner it is taken.
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