Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex like a week ago. But it was like an in and out thing…

…and he pulled out before he ejaculated. I took a pregnancy test and it says I’m not pregnant. But is it accurate?

Although your partner did not ejaculate inside of you, 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.

Your risk of pregnancy is lower than it would be if your partner had ejaculated inside of you, but it’s still possible. The only way to know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test 14 days after sex. After 14 days, the test will be accurate in telling you if you’re pregnant or not.

It’s a great idea to consider condoms  and dental dams when you’re engaging in sexual activities. If used correctly and consistently, condoms can help prevent pregnancy and STI transmission by up to 98%!

It may also be a good idea to think about starting on a reliable birth control method. Teen Clinic offers many different types of birth control for either free or at a low-cost!

Give us a call if you have any questions, want to walk-in for a pregnancy test, or simply want to make an appointment! 303-442-5160.