In order for someone to get pregnant, semen needs to come into direct contact with the vagina. But even if someone does not ejaculate in the vagina, there is still a risk of pregnancy.
Pre-cum is something that everyone with a penis does when arousal happens. Pre-cum—officially called pre-ejaculate—is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation. Doctors believe that pre-ejaculate helps make the urethra and the vagina less acidic, allowing sperm to survive longer. Some males 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.
But if semen is only coming into contact with the mouth, there is no chance of pregnancy.
Although someone will have no risk of pregnancy in swallowing semen, they may be at risk of STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Someone can actually transmit all but two STIs through oral sex. Pubic lice and Trichomoniasis are the only two infections someone will not get through oral sex. That is why it is so important to not only get tested regularly, but also use barrier methods like condoms and dental dams to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.
To make an appointment to get tested or to learn more about pregnancy and STIs, call us at 303-442-5160.