Although most people believe the withdrawal method is an effective way of preventing pregnancy, this is not the case. In fact, the presence of a fluid commonly called pre-cum is one of the likely reasons why pregnancy can still occur with withdrawal.
Here’s the fact: Pre cum (or pre-ejaculate) can be a really confusing term. In fact, most people have a lot of questions about pre-ejaculate and its role in conception or pregnancy.
This article would supply all you need to know about pre-cum and pregnancy.
In this article; you’d find out how pregnancy occurs, what pre-cum is, and the content of pre-cum. In addition, you’d learn a lot about the possibility of getting pregnant from a pre-cum release.
Let’s get started!
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How Does Pregnancy Happen?
Pregnancy occurs when an egg released by a woman is fertilized by a sperm cell from a man in the reproductive tract of the woman. This can happen through penetrative or non-penetrative sexual intercourse.
During penetrative sex (when the penis enters the vagina), semen can be ejaculated. Semen is actually the liquid released during ejaculation. It contains millions of sperm cells that enter the female reproductive system and move up to the fallopian tubes where conception occurs.
On the other hand, the chances of conception occurring after non-penetrative sex where ejaculation doesn’t happen in the vagina are very low. The thing is, sperm cells can only stay alive for a short time outside the vagina. However, if semen from your partner finds its way to your vagina or vulva after non-penetrative sex, pregnancy may ensue.
What Exactly Is Pre cum?
Pre-cum or pre-ejaculate is a fluid released by men just before climax during sex. It is a lubricant produced in the urethra which also improves the survival rate of sperm cells in the acidic environment of the vagina.
Pre-cum is made up of:
These components work together to create a suitable environment for the sperm in a woman’s vagina. Although pre-cum is released before semen during sex, it may contain enough sperm to cause pregnancy.
Does Pre-cum Really Contain Sperm?
Pre-cum does not actually contain sperm. However, it is possible for sperm to leak into pre-cum.
Furthermore, semen from a previous ejaculation may linger in the male urethra after and mix with pre-cum on its way out. Urinating before sex can help flush out any leftover semen.
This reduces the chance that sperm will appear in your pre-cum.
When Is Pre-cum Released?
The release of pre-cum cannot be controlled.
It is an involuntary body function that happens just before ejaculation. As a result, the withdrawal method is not an effective method of preventing pregnancy. Even if he withdraws before climax, it is still possible for pre-cum to get into the vagina.
In addition, the withdrawal method is not as reliable as other contraceptive methods like birth control pills or condoms.
Is it Possible to Get Pregnant from Pre-cum When I’m Not Ovulating?
You can get pregnant from pre-cum even if you are not ovulating. This is because pre-cum still contains live sperm and these can live for about five days in a woman’s reproductive tract before dying.
Ovulation occurs normally in the middle of your menstrual cycle (i.e. day 14 of a 28-day menstrual cycle or 14 days before you start your next period). Therefore, having regular sex in the week leading to ovulation (the fertile window) or on the day you ovulate, can increase your chances of getting pregnant from pre-cum.
Is It Possible To Prevent Pre-cum Release?
Sadly, there is no way to prevent pre-cum release.
This is because it is an involuntary action. In fact, the amount of pre-cum released by the man is dependent on all the following factors:
- Level of arousal
- Hydration level
- Hormonal status.
In fact, the only way to prevent pregnancy from a pre-cum release is to use a safe and effective barrier (i.e. a condom). If you don’t want to get pregnant and still want to use the withdrawal method, you should combine it with another contraceptive method. For this, you can contact your health care provider for the best birth control option for you and your partner.
Although your chances of becoming pregnant from pre-cum may be small, it is still possible.
If you plan to avoid pregnancy, the best option is to contact your doctor for a suitable birth control method for you. Furthermore, it always helps to have good knowledge about emergency contraceptives while trying to avoid unwanted pregnancy.
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