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 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.
The only way to know for sure it you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. If you take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex, you will receive an accurate result.
Teen Clinic offers pregnancy tests on a appointment only basis. Click here to see our hours at both our Boulder and Longmont locations. If you are under 18, all of our services are completely free! If you are 18 or 19, there may be a small fee based on your income. You can see our pricing table here.
Teen Clinic also offers many forms of birth control. And although birth control methods can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, they are not effective in preventing STIs. 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%! Teen Clinic offers free condoms and dental dams.
If you have any questions or want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic, give us a call at 303-442-5160.