My boyfriend put his unprotected penis near my vagina. He couldn’t get it in and he only tried for maybe less than 30 seconds…

 5-6 minutes later he ejaculated, not in my vagina. What is going to happen? I’m very scared.

Technically, any time semen can come into contact with the vagina, there is a risk of pregnancy. Even if someone doesn’t ejaculate into the vagina, if there is a chance that the semen may have gotten close enough to the opening of the vagina to travel up into the vagina, pregnancy may be a possibility.

There is also something called pre-ejaculation that can happen before actual ejaculation. Once arousal happens, a liquid called pre-ejaculate can seep out the tip of the penis. Although pre-ejaculate itself doesn’t contain sperm, it travels through the urethra in the process of leaving the body, and can pick up sperm left over from previous ejaculations.  That means pregnancy is possible even before ejaculation has occurred.

Any brand of emergency contraception is also an option if you’re concerned about pregnancy. Emergency contraception contains a high level of progesterone.  This spike of progesterone in the body can prevent ovulation, or keep the egg from being released from the ovary.  That’s why it’s important to take Plan B as soon as possible after unprotected sex; pregnancy isn’t possible if ovulation is prevented.

Plan B is not an abortion. It prevents pregnancy—it doesn’t end a pregnancy. If a pregnancy has already occurred, Plan B will not harm the pregnancy (or your body) in any way. Plan B can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, but it is more effective in the first 48 hours.  Walk in to Teen Clinic any time we’re open if you need Plan B; we offer it either for free or at a low-cost to anyone under 20. If you are under 18, all of your services at Teen Clinic will be free.  If you are 18 or 19, there may be a small flat fee for your services based on your income.

Teen Clinic recommends wearing condoms 100%, for the duration of sexual activity, to best reduce the risk of both unplanned pregnancy and STIs. Remember, your partner may not have complete control over when ejaculation occurs; it’s better to be safe if you’re not ready for pregnancy.

You can always call Teen Clinic and talk with one of our health care professionals with additional questions! 303-442-5160.