Me and my boyfriend have sex once in a while and we never use condoms but he pulls out. What are the risk of pregnancy?

It is really important to know that pregnancy can happen whenever sperm comes into contact with the vagina. 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 something that everyone with a penis does when arousal happens. Pre-ejaculate is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation. A person doesn’t usually know when pre-ejaculate is happening.

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.

It would be a good idea for her to think about starting a form of birth control. Most forms of birth control can be up to 99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy when used correctly.  Condoms can also reduce the risk of STIs and pregnancy up to 98% when used correctly.

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