Oh, the worldwide, well known and infamous topic we’ve been asking about since our middle schools days: can we or can’t we get pregnant without actually doing the fun stuff?
Well, that depends on what you consider “not getting intimate.” No, you can’t get pregnant if you’re out doing groceries or taking your dog for a stroll, but there is a possibility (even if it’s a tiny one) that you can get pregnant if you perform any intimate activities that may not necessarily involve making an entrance, if you know what I mean.
Let’s take a look at this a bit more in depth and see if we can help answer some of your more…embarrassing questions about what happens (or doesn’t happen) when you do the deed.
First and foremost, we all know how pregnancy works. Without getting into too much detail here (that’s what sex ed was for in school), I’m sure most of us know that in order for a woman to become pregnant, a man’s discharge must fertilize her egg.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way…it’s time to answer the more pressing question here: is it possible for this to happen if a man and woman don’t actually have intimate relations?
Although it is highly unlikely for a woman to become pregnant without actually making a full landing, experts do say that it is possible.
Yes, you read that right. And here’s why.
It’s not exactly known for sure just how long a man’s stuff can survive outside of a person’s body. Depending on where it lands (it will last longer in a warmer environment), it could survive for seconds or perhaps even up to a few minutes.
If a man’s baby-making cells land on a woman’s stomach or behind it has a higher chance of surviving longer because of the warmth.
If it lands close to or on a woman’s vulva, it is completely possible for it to make its way all the way to the inside.
It can move there by itself, or can even be accidentally smeared into the opening of a woman’s nether regions.
If you’re wearing clothes and the stuff lands on what you are wearing, it is possible for it to seep through the fabric, although unlikely.
Researchers say that a man’s discharge isn’t quite strong enough to be able to pass through the fabric, but there is the slight possibility that it can happen.
So, moving on from surfaces and clothes to skin-to-skin contact and/or contact with a toy or other object.
If the man’s stuff is still alive while it is on a person’s fingers or toy or any other object and it is inserted into a woman, it is completely possible for the discharge to travel into the uterus, where a pregnancy can occur.
If you or your partner decide to go in through the metaphorical “back door,” there is also the possibility that secretions can leak from the behind and possibly spread on the vulva and into a woman’s private parts.
Scientists say it is also unlikely to get pregnant this way, but if there is any leakage the possibility simply cannot be ruled out.
Statistically speaking, it is highly unlikely for a person to get pregnant without actually doing the deed, but the possibility is still there.
If you’re worried about pregnancy or how to prevent it, talk to your doctor about a birth control method that works for you — you won’t regret it!