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Can I get pregnant if I don't have sex, but some semen got on me?

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Updated March 26, 2013

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Question: Can I get pregnant if I don't have sex, but some semen got on me?
Answer: Yes, if you can get pregnant if you didn't have sex, but semen made it's way into your vagina. This can come from finger contact or just having your partner ejaculate on your vulva (area at the entrance of the vagina). Remember that sperm like to swim and will go inside your body if they are able. This is not a method of birth control.

A pregnancy test is the best way to tell if you are pregnant or not. Though you must wait until you miss your next period to get the most accurate results. This can be a home pregnancy test or a pregnancy test from your doctor, midwife or health department. In most cases you do not have to notify anyone of the test or the results.

If you are trying to avoid getting pregnant find a real method of birth control. Condoms, birth control pills (oral contraceptives), intrauterine device (IUD), foams, Depo Provera shots, patches...there are plenty of methods to choose from. Be sure to ask your midwife, doctor or local health department for advice on the method that is best for you.

3/26/13

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