A positive pregnancy test is usually course for celebration for most people because of the prospect of starting a new family. However, an unplanned pregnancy is somewhat of a nightmare for any woman who is not ready for the responsibility that comes with having a child. Most of the unplanned pregnancies happen due to misinformation and ignorance of the facts. Especially around teenagers, there is a tsunami of distorted truths and myths surrounding the subject of gestation. Important questions remain unanswered leading to bad decisions and bleak futures. Can I get pregnant from Pre-cum? What are the chances of pregnancy if we use the coitus interrupts method of family planning? Can I get pregnant from grinding? We will answer these questions all promptly.
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What is Pre-cum?
Pre-cum is an idiomatic word for Cowper’s fluid or Pre-seminal fluid. Pre-cum is a transparent viscous liquid that leaks from the penis when a male becomes sexually aroused. Pre-cum is usually seen at the tip of the penis and keeps seeping through for the entire duration of intercourse. Pre-seminal fluid is produced by the urethral bulb gland called Cowper’s gland or the Bulbourethral Gland. Cowper’s gland is primarily a pair of pea-sized glands located on the prostate and adjacent to the urethra. Pre-seminal fluid is not unlike any other mucous emissions secreted by other glands of the body. The only differences are in the levels of protein and augmented potency of sugars like fructose.
Acidic environments are harmful to spermatozoa. Urine is acidic. This means every time the man urinates; the urine turns the urethra into an unfavorable environment for sperm. Pre-cum is released in the urethra to neutralize the acid left by urine and to lubricate the urethra and foreskin in preparation for intercourse and last ejaculation. Does Pre-cum itself contain sperm? The answer is no. Pre-cum, by itself, does not contain sperm.
How Does Pregnancy Occur?
Pregnancy also referred to as gestation, is an individual state of a female body when her reproductive organs are incubating and developing an offspring. Pregnancy occurs as a result of fertilization. Fertilization is the successful merger of the female cell (ovum) and the male cell (sperm) to form an embryo.
In humans, pregnancy will occur when sperm cells from the man get inside the woman’s body through the vagina into the Fallopian tube to fertilize the ovum.
Can You Get Pregnant From Pre-cum?
The basic determining factor of whether a pregnancy is possible or not is the woman’s cycle. For successful conception to occur, a woman must be in the fertile window of her reproductive cycle. The Fallopian tubes must have released a mature ovum ready for fertilization. Without the ovum, there is no chance of fertilization. With this fact as the background, we will explore the scenarios where one can get pregnant from pre-cum.
As we mentioned earlier, pre-seminal fluid by itself does not contain sperm. But as far as the question at hand is concerned, the answer is yes. How?
The job of precum is to clean and lubricate the urethra. As such, it starts to leak out of the penis as soon as erection is achieved and continues to do so all through the length of copulation. Studies have shown that even though pre-seminal fluid by itself does not contain sperm, in some men, sperm manages to leak into the pre-seminal fluid in minimal quantities. A study that examined a sample total of 27 people found that 41% of them had sperm in their pre-ejaculation fluid.
It is important to note that getting pregnant from pre-cum in this way is possible, but not common. Fertilization is a complex process that depends on so much more than just the presence of sperm. Besides, pre-ejaculation fluid is not present in all men. Some people do not excrete any pre-seminal fluid at all.
Sperms From a Previous Ejaculation
Pre-ejaculation fluid from intercourse after a previous ejaculation can be responsible for conception. How?
In its duty to clean and lubricate the urethra, pre-cum may pick up left-over sperm from a previous ejaculation and deposit it inside the vagina. Again, this sperm is likely to be in minimal quantities, but it is sperm nonetheless. Conceiving requires only one sperm. Pregnancy in this scenario is possible but not likely. Why is it not likely?
At the point of ejaculation, there is approximately 100 million sperm in just a milliliter of fluid. Cervical mucus inside the vagina restrains all but 10% of the sperm. The remaining 10 million sperm will be filtered through the uterine tract killing all but a million. Eventually, only about 100,000 sperm will weather the conditions to reach the Fallopian tubes. This math only works if you had 100 million, to begin with. The pre-seminal fluid has been found to have approximately 3 million sperm. Even with the presence of sperm in precum, the chances of such a low count of sperm surviving enough to fertilize an ovum are very slim.
To reduce the chances of fertilization from this scenario even further, the man should urinate before and after every coitus session. Urine will clean out the urethra, and the acid is likely to kill all the left-over spermatozoa.
Coitus Interrupts Mishap
Coitus interrupts, commonly referred to as the withdrawal method, is a common form of birth control. Some couples prefer this method because it is all natural and does not involve ingesting any hormone-altering pharmaceutical products.
Coitus Interrupts, however, is a precise art. As a form of Planned Parenthood, withdrawal method should be used alongside another form of birth control. Studies have shown that, even when performed precisely, coitus interrupts resulted in pregnancy for 4% of the women who used it in a year. The number went up to 27% for the people who did not follow the rules to the letter.
Many men struggle with the exact timing that is required for the withdrawal method to work. The man must withdraw from the vagina at the point of ejaculation which is not always easy. Sperm deposited on or around the vagina can find its way inside and initiate fertilization. When using coitus interrupts as a family planning method, it is important, therefore, that the sperm ejaculated is neither in the vagina nor anywhere in the immediate vicinity.
Ultimately, the withdrawal method of birth control is not the best, but it is better than none.
How to Avoid Pregnancy from Pre-cum
The first and most important way to avoid getting an unplanned pregnancy is to learn your cycle. This alone takes a huge chunk off the unexpected pregnancy wagon. There are plenty of Apps that you can download to your smartphone to track your cycle and learn about your safe and unsafe days.
Give the withdrawal method a couple of dry runs before choosing it as your preferred birth control method. Withdrawal, as a family planning method, heavily hinges on timing. Many men have admitted to having difficulty withdrawing at the precise time. Practice with your partner a couple of times before you decide to make it your only form of birth control.
So much time as you are in a sexual relationship that involves unprotected sex, it is wise to discuss, beforehand, the follow-up action in case of an “accident.” Often, a sober discussion about unprotected sex and its repercussions serves as a wake up call to either buckle down or go back to protected sex.
Lastly, it is always wise to keep emergency protection handy. Sex is messy and full of oops! moments. Keep backup protection like E-pills or condoms close at hand for the times you might need them. As the adage goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.