Chances of Getting Pregnant from Precum

In order to get pregnant, you need a few things. You need a good, healthy egg released from the woman and some good sperm delivered from the man. You need a warm, healthy and hospitable environment to encourage the egg to not only become fertilized in the first place, but also to move along the fallopian tubes and make its way to your uterus where it will implant and hopefully stay for approximately eight and half to nine months when you will then develop a baby.

We all know how the reproductive system works but despite this, there are still many misconceptions flying around, just one of the being that you can’t get pregnant from pre-ejaculate, or precum as it is commonly called.

If you’d heard otherwise, the information you’re receiving is wrong. It IS possible for this to happen and the chances of getting pregnant from precum are probably higher than you may have first thought.

Chances of getting pregnant from precum

Although pre-ejaculate generally contains less in the way of active and mobile sperm than ejaculate itself, studies have shown that there is still quite a high sperm count in that precum. This means, if you are having unprotected sex around the time your egg is due to be released, there is still a chance that you could get pregnant.

The chances are greatly reduced than if the man was to ejaculate inside you but sperm can still live for up to seven days in a warm and hospitable environment meaning that within that precum, the sperm could still live in your vagina and cervix for seven days potentially causing unwanted pregnancy.

Most people aren’t aware of the precum ever being present, let along that sperm may be alive and mobile within it, making it harder to know whether or not you have actually be in contact with the body fluid, but when you consider that a man will generally start creating this natural lubrication when he starts to become erect, there is a chance that the fluid will have been there right from the beginning of your activities.

In conclusion 

Although it isn’t very common, there is still a chance that you could get pregnant if you come into contact with male pre-ejaculate. If you have had penetrative sex with your partner and your vagina or cervix has come into contact with his body fluids, there could be sperm present also.

The chances are increased further if you have already had sex with your partner, or your partner has masturbated earlier on that day. In cases such as this, there could still be sperm present in the vagina or penis and when the pre-ejaculate starts to flow, this could sweep the remaining sperm through.

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  1. Cn precum led to pregnancy…me and my gf had just 1-2 min intercourse….and i did not ejaculate inside her and neither did i masturbate in morning…but last night i did…i m really afraid…and how much time it takes to show the symptoms of pregnency….and wat is the bery first symptom of pregnency…plzz reply asap

    • Yes, precum can lead to pregnancy. It is unlikely, however, that it will lead to pregnancy. It is possible, so if she is showing signs of pregnancy, then it would be beneficial for her to take a pregnancy test five days after her normal period date. Your job is to be there for her emotionally. Good luck, Aseem!

      • Hi, 5-6 days ago me and my girlfriend had sex. I used a condom at first with pre cum already on my penis. A few minutes later I took the condom off and there was penetration. I pulled out before and finished. Before I went in without a condom i checked to see if I had pre cum and I didn’t see anything. The day we had intercourse it was the last few days of her period. Is it possible that she can be pregnant???

        • If you did not ejaculate during sex and you were using protection, then the chances that she is pregnant are almost zero. Rest easy as you move forward. Marijuana will not reduce chances of pregnancy at this time. However, it may be possible that it will cause complications for your reproductive system in the future. Keep that in mind as you move forward. Best of luck, James!

      • (ADDITION TO MY COMMENT with the name of “James”)
        – my girlfriend also smoked marijuana and wax throughout the duration from the day we had sex. Her period isn’t until the 8th of February. idk if thc has a factor in killing the sperm. Please respond she very stressed aswell as I am

        • If you did not ejaculate during sex and you were using protection, then the chances that she is pregnant are almost zero. Rest easy as you move forward. Marijuana will not reduce chances of pregnancy at this time. However, it may be possible that it will cause complications for your reproductive system in the future. Keep that in mind as you move forward. Best of luck, James!

  2. Hey there, so about 5-6 days ago me and my girlfriend were messing around in my car, what happened was when I grabbed my penis it had pre-cum and then I fingered her not aware I had pre-cum on my finger. There was no penetration but I’m still worried she might be pregnant, what Are your thoughts?

    • She is likely not pregnant. Precum has the potential to cause pregnancy, however it is unlikely that it will. Be sure to practice safety when having sexual relations in the future. For now, rest easy and remain positive. Best of luck, Jy!

  3. Me and my boyfriend had sex. We were having a hard time Because he couldn’t put it in me. This was without a condom. He kept trying but it just wouldn’t go in and then he put the condom on but kinda was able to put it in a few times but he never ejaculated during the whole time that we tried. My period is irregular there is a few times that I skip a month and I’m just worried. My next period isn’t until 1 more week from now. I asked him if I should be worried and he told me no that everything is fine.

    • If the two of you did not have intercourse and he did not ejaculate, then it is certain that you are not pregnant. Rest easy and enjoy life. Have a great day, Suzi!

  4. Me and my partner had unprotected sex, but he did not come inside of me. My period ended the 31st of December. Should I be worried about pregnancy?

    • If he did not ejaculate, then it is highly unlikely that you are pregnant. Precum has the potential to cause pregnancy, but it is not likely. If you notice pregnancy symptoms, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. For now, reduce stress in your life. Have a great day, Lindsey!

  5. My question might be a bit unclear but I hope it’s understandable. I had unprotected sex 1 and 2 days before ovulating according to my ovulating calendar. The day before ovulating my bf came twice, pulled out both times. But I’ve been reading that the second time, the pre cum brings out the left over sperm from the last cum. If that happened a day before I ovulated what are the chances of me getting pregnant from the precum? Is the pre cum less strong than the actual cum and does it make a difference that i ovulated a day after the previous cum stayed in me?

    • It is possible for precum to cause pregnant, though unlikely. It would be beneficial for you to continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date if you have pregnancy symptoms. If you are concerned about pregnancy, then it is always advisable to use proper birth control practices. Best of luck, Nataly!

  6. My question might be a bit unclear but I hope it’s understandable. I had unprotected sex 1 and 2 days before ovulating according to my ovulating calendar. The day before ovulating my bf came twice, pulled out both times. But I’ve been reading that the second time, the pre cum brings out the left over sperm from the last cum. If that happened a day before I ovulated what are the chances of me getting pregnant from the precum? Is the pre cum less strong than the actual cum and does it make a difference that i ovulated a day after the previous cum stayed in me?

    • It is possible for precum to cause pregnant, though unlikely. It would be beneficial for you to continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date if you have pregnancy symptoms. If you are concerned about pregnancy, then it is always advisable to use proper birth control practices. Best of luck, Nataly!

  7. Last month that during my “ovulation period” I spotted. After a week after that I fooling around. He got his penis out, there was no full from previous cum, then he inserted a finger inside. I’m stress I might be pregnant since it seems I can be irregular, but most of the time I’m on time.

    • If he did not ejaculate during intercourse, then it is unlikely that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are having. If you find that you are having pregnancy symptoms, then you may be benefited by taking a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Rose!

  8. Me and this girl were fooling around in my car and she began to give me a bj and I finished in her mouth. I did not plan, to have sex after but I made sure i got everything out. The only thing is i forgot to pee after i ejaculated and she had her period on December 20 and we had sex on December 28. I didn’t not finish in her or anything. What are the chances of her being pregnant?

    • Also, she has the period app and it says she should begin today, but she said she is not showing no signs of a period and I don’t think the app is accurate. Is there any chance she might be? Prety scared

      • Since you had unprotected sex, it is possible that she is pregnant. If you ejaculate and do not properly clean yourself, you may cause pregnancy. Your job at this time to to be there for her and support her. It would be wise for her to take a pregnancy test five days after her normal period date. Best of luck, J!

      • I did not finish in her. I had finished in her mouth from the bj. And i wiped it off before going in. How likely is it still? Cuz I didn’t bust in her, she swallowed it in the beginning then we fooled around but there was no actual sperm or anything. She had her period dec 15(correction from before), it stopped on dec 20. Yes it was on protected but i wiped it off going in and didn’t even finish cominf out.

        • It is highly unlikely that she will get pregnant from precum. It is best to always use protection just to prevent even the slightest chance of a pregnancy from happening, but it is unlikely that precum will make her pregnant.

          • She ovulated on Dec 28 and we had sec that night. I told u everything else and she is getting cramps and stuff and she is still waiting for her period. I have asked lots of others females for their opinion but I feel you are more professional and may know more. She is also stressing a lot so I believe it is making it worst too.

            • Thank you for sharing your experiences with our community. It would be beneficial for her to take a pregnancy test in another five days. Continue to support her and be there for her. If you find that she wants to speak with a doctor, then she should make an appointment. Good luck, J!

              • She has been feeling bad cramps and her last period started dec 15 and ended dec 20. She hasn’t started it yet and she is also stressing alot which may make it late. Can she still be pregnant? Again i did wipe it all of before going in and i did not ejuculate. And she is scared to take a test? What should i do and do u think she is?

                • It is unlikely that she is pregnant, but it would be a lot less stress for her to just take a pregnancy test and find that out for sure. If she is scared about taking a test, you could drive to the dollar store, buy a cheap $1 test and bring it to her. She is unlikely to be pregnant, but the best way to make your girlfriend relax would be for you to bring her a pregnancy test at home so that she can tell for sure and stop worrying about it.

    • Since you had unprotected sex, it is possible that she is pregnant. If you ejaculate and do not properly clean yourself, you may cause pregnancy. Your job at this time to to be there for her and support her. It would be wise for her to take a pregnancy test five days after her normal period date. Best of luck, J!

  9. My boyfriend and I had sex and the condom broke, yet we didn’t realize it for a couple of minutes. I’m really worried about pre-cum and he didn’t ejaculate in me, my period isn’t for another 10 days and all I can do is worry.

    • It is highly unlikely for precum to cause a pregnancy, though it is possible. Continue to monitor the changes that you are experiencing. If you find that you have pregnancy symptoms in the future, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. However, rest easy as it is not likely that you are pregnant. Have a great day, Sky!

  10. My boyfriend fingered me about two months ago. He had just a drop or two of pre ejeculation fluid on his fingers but told me he wiped it off on his shirt. I have irregular periods but I missed my period that month but got it during the following month, although it was lighter than normal. This month I’m already 9 days late based on my period last month. This has caused me an immense amount of stress and I’m worried I may have caused myself to see pregnancy symptoms but I’m not sure. How great is the chance that I am?

    • Precum has the potential to cause pregnancy, however it alone is highly unlikely. As he wiped off him precum, you have a much lower chance of becoming pregnant. While possible that you are pregnant, you are almost certainly not pregnant due to this encounter. If you continue to be concerned, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Tammy!

  11. I’m 16 and me and my BF were fooling around and after sometime of playing around with each other we had intercousre (and we didn’t use protection) not for long but when we were playing around I noticed he had pre-cum coming out and also after he pulled out also not a lot but still this is like two days after my period ended …should I be worried that I am pregnant? Should I take a morning after pill

    • The morning after pill is effective for up to 72 hours, so you could still take it. While it is less likely to get pregnant from precum, it is possible. Sperm can remain in your body for days, and your ovulation date is not always in the middle of the month like it normally is. It is unlikely that you are pregnant, but it is a possibility. If you do take the morning after pill, remember that your next period date may change as a result and don’t panic. As always, you will need to use protection for any sexual activities if you want to avoid getting pregnant.

  12. Hi. I was on my period Dec 26, and on the 28th my boyfriend & I had sex. We were kissing for about 30 minutes, he precame there a good bit, which I was aware of. Then after a while I went to get a condom and when I put it on him I accidentally put it on him backwards, I quickly realized and flipped it over before I could unroll it. My period app says that I was fertile Dec 27 – Dec 31, Ovulated Jan 1st, fertile again Jan 2 – Jan 6. (Everything happened on the 28th). I’m just scared about being pregnant due to the amount of precum that may had been on the condom. He said he urinated before any of this happened. Also, is there a large number of people that you know of that have had this accident before? And did they get pregnant or were they fine? Today is Jan 8, and I am expecting my period on Jan 17. Thank you.

    • Urinating would not make a difference–it is just a superstition and an urban myth that has unfortunately been passed along forever. While it is unlikely that the precum made you pregnant, it is always possible. Most condoms also use some spermicide, so there may be an added layer of protection in place. Overall, it is unlikely that you were pregnant. The only way to know for sure is to wait and take a pregnancy test after your period is supposed to start, but I would not worry about it too much. In the future, it would be a good idea to throw out any condom that has precum on the outside of it and get a new one. If bodily fluids are on the outside of the condom, it makes them less effective at preventing STDs or a pregnancy. Good luck and stay safe, Belle!

      • Have you heard of many people getting pregnant in this particular manner? I haven’t gotten any symtomes, other than I’m kind of gassy (TMI) but I can still use the bathroom(not constipated or anything) but that’s about it. I think it may be because I’m stressing, but who knows. That’s why I’m asking if it has happened to any people you’ve spoken to before. Also, the fertile and ovulation dates seem a bit close to my last day of my period.

        • It is possible, though highly unlikely, to become pregnant because of precum. If you are concerned that you are pregnant, then take a pregnancy test five days after your normal pregnancy date. Reduce stress in your life as you move forward. Best of luck, Belle!

  13. Brushed against my gf during a hug while both nude. Just gotten out of a shower and dried already, she was getting in. Myerection pressed against her vulva while pointing down with absolutely no penetration of any kind. Is there any chance of possible precum causing pregnancy? She is still a virgin. Her period just ended January 3rd (Started December 27th) with this occurence happening January 6th. By these dates etc she technically shouldn’t be ovulating until around January 10th/11th. The oral climax she gave was spent on her upper torso while in contact with hot shower water/Steam. She immediately rinsed her torso and right which she held beneath her breasts to block/Catch, her leftfirmly pressed a hot washcloth against her vulva when rinsing followed immediately with soap. Is there any chance she might become pregnant?

    • It seems like you may have commented a second time on this article. I have to answer and approve every comment before it can go through the system, so it may sometimes take me a little while to get around to all of them. If you do not see your response right away, do not worry because you will. Go ahead and read through my first response and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for commenting and good luck, Ben!

  14. me and my fiancé recently were goofing around. he rubbed his unprotected penis around my vaginal opening, he did not “cum” but I’m sure he precame. He did NOT have any left over cum from our last session. I have been stressing so much about it. I have irregular periods but it’s 8 days late now. I took two tests whenever it was delayed by two days and it came out negative. Could I be pregnant or could it be stress?

    • Your period is normally irregular, and the stress surely did not help that any. While there is a chance of getting pregnant via precum, it is not particularly likely. If your pregnancy tests were negative, you are probably not pregnant. In the future, make sure to use condoms whenever there is any potential for fluid exchange to prevent a pregnancy or the transmission of any infections. At the very least, you should use protection just so that you do not have to stress out each month about potentially being pregnant. Good luck and stay safe, Stephanie!

  15. Brushed against my gf during a hug after a shower and drying off- she was getting in. Erection pressed against her vulva but did not penetrate in any form. Is there any chance of potential precum causing a pregnancy? She just finished her menses January 3rd and this brushing was the 6th (technically not ovulating yet?). the oral climax was on her upper torso and quickly rinsed off with hit water while covering her vagina with a washcloth under the same hot water. Any chance at all of pregnancy?

    • It is highly unlikely. Bodily fluids would have to actually be exchanged for it to potentially cause a pregnancy. Even then, it is far less likely for her to get pregnant via precum. With that said, it would be a good idea to always use protection or consider using contraceptive medication if you do not want to become pregnant. Talk to your girlfriend about birth control options and find an option that works best for you. Condoms are good for preventing pregnancy and STDs, but you may also want to consider using another contraceptive method as well as an added layer of protection. Good luck and stay safe, Ben!

  16. Hi, I had sex on the 27th of December, and I had just stopped taking the birth control pill the day before. He did not ejaculate inside of me. On the 29th of December I had the withdrawal bleed from the birth control, but ever since I have been experiencing awful cramps which usually stop after I stop bleeding but haven’t this time. Could the cramping be due to stopping birth control or is it possible that I’m pregnant? I know it’s too early but I took a pregnancy test already and it was negative, but I know for it to be more accurate I need to wait a couple of weeks to try another one.

    • Birth control can throw off your PMS symptoms and menstrual cycle, so the cramps could be just from that. It is also possible that these are implantation cramps or cramps that occur as your uterus grows to make room for a fetus. While it is not common to get pregnant via precum, it is possible. Your fertility may actually increase after you stop birth control, so it is possible. The only way to know for sure what is going on is to wait a couple of weeks and take another pregnancy test. Obviously, if you experience severe cramping or other symptoms, you may want to talk to your doctor to make sure that there isn’t anything wrong. Best of luck, Shelly!

  17. Me nd my fiance had sex during aft aftr my periods last month. had sm spotting fr 2 days few days b4 my next period was due. Nd havnging sm brown spotting again. Dsnt feel lik my period bt feels lik a bleeding nly whn i urinate. Hav white discharge nd smypts of pregnance during d last week…. cn i b pregnant?? My home test results stil show negative

    • It is possible that you are pregnant, so be sure to continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Take another pregnancy test in five days or five days after your normal period date. This will give you additional information about your status. Be certain to reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Ej!

  18. Me nd my fiance had sex during aft aftr my periods last month. had sm spotting fr 2 days few days b4 my next period was due. Nd havnging sm brown spotting again. Dsnt feel lik my period bt feels lik a bleeding nly whn i urinate. Hav white discharge nd smypts of pregnance during d last week…. cn i b pregnant?? My home test results stil show negative

    • It is possible that you are pregnant, so be sure to continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Take another pregnancy test in five days or five days after your normal period date. This will give you additional information about your status. Be certain to reduce stress in your life at this time. Best of luck, Jen!

  19. (Reply to my previous question) Well, We did not see any signs of residue, Nor did we see precum before we started. we’re really worried even though we only did it unprotected for a few seconds. After that we used the condom, I hope it wasn’t too late.

    • You guys are probably fine. If it is not too late, you can always use emergency contraception just to be safe. Precum is less likely to cause a pregnancy, so you are probably safe. You should always use condoms though to protect against pregnancy and STDs.

  20. My boyfriend and i had sex on the 23rd and i ovulated on the 24th of december. He wasn’t using protection and He used the pull out method though i’m not sure it was completely successful since it was dark. My boobs started becoming extremely sore two days ago to the point i can’t wear a bra or have fabric touching them directly. I’ve also experienced some cramping. I’m supposed to start my period on the 8th of this month but i never get boob pain and cramping this early on. I started cramping around yesterday morning. Is there a chance i’m pregnant?

    • There is a chance that you could be pregnant. Both of those symptoms also happen with PMS though. While you normally do not have those symptoms, your period may just be slightly irregular this month. The timing however would be at about the right time for implantation, so there is a chance. If your period does not start on the 8th, I would take a pregnancy test just to be sure that you are not pregnant.

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