Could you be pregnant?

If you have had sex without using contraception, you could be at risk of pregnancy. There is even a risk if sperm comes in to contact with a woman's vagina in any way including from sperm on fingers.

As soon as a man's penis becomes erect, it leaks a few drops of clear liquid called pre-ejaculate and this liquid can contain thousands of sperm. So there's a risk of pregnancy if the penis enters the vagina without contraception being used, even if the man doesn't ejaculate (cum), or withdraws before ejaculating.

The 'withdrawal method', where a man takes his penis out before he ejaculates, is not a reliable form of contraception as there may be pre-ejaculate on his penis.The only way to avoid pregnancy is to use a reliable method of contraception every time you have sexual contact.

If you have any questions, or if you are worried that you might be pregnant, you can get in touch with Ask Brook. Ask Brook is confidential. That means we won't tell anyone you contacted us unless we think you're in really serious danger.

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