Precum also known as pre-ejaculate is the whitish fluid that comes out from the tip of the penis during sexual arousal but before full ejaculation. This fluid looks very similar to semen. Are sperm living inside of precum? The answer is yes, sometimes.
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What is precum, exactly?
When not using a condom or other barrier method during sex, liquid from the penis can enter the vagina without either party knowing. Even with the best form of protection, it is always possible that sexual intercourse can result in an unintended pregnancy. In this article, we discuss precum and the risk of getting pregnant from this preejaculate fluid. Before ejaculating, the penis releases fluid that people many call precum, or preejaculate. Precum comes out involuntarily before ejaculation. The fluid is partially for lubrication. Since sperm can stay in the urethra, urinating before having sex may reduce the chance that semen will mix with the precum. Precum itself is a lubricant, but that does not mean that it cannot transport semen or sperm from the penis to the vagina. Precum is also not voluntary.
Can you get pregnant from pre-ejaculate (precum)?
Also, what is precum? Is it like a semen warning shot or does it contain sperm just like semen does? Since sex ed class most likely glossed over this curiosity, we dug through the research and spoke to sexual health experts to get you the answers. Precum is a clear, sticky fluid released before ejaculation. As its name makes pretty obvious, precum or pre-ejaculate is a fluid that comes out of the penis before semen. These glands are nestled close to the urethra the tube through which sperm and urine travel on their way out into the world. When someone with a penis is sexually excited, these glands churn out precum, which is a mix of components such as proteins, enzymes, and mucus.
Junior high sex-ed class made us believe that if a boy so much as sneezed on you, you could get pregnant. And if he managed to get precum in the vicinity of your vagina? Well, you might as well start planning your baby shower.