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By Anonymous October 24, 2015 - 2:24pm
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So I may or may not have got a small amount of sperm on my fingers, I can't quite remember. But anyway I think Washed them briefly, but again I can't fully remember if I washed them or not. About 5-10minutes later I walked home, it took about 3 minutes to walk in rather cold weather. I then went to the toilet, and concerned that some surviving sperm could have got on the tissue that I then wiped my vagina with. I also put a tampon in. And all I know is that while wiping and putting a tampon in, my hands were completely dry. So can you get pregnant like this? If my hands are dry does that mean no living sperm can be on there? Getting really paranoid and worked up about this :( and can I ask if the information you give back is fully factual? Thanks in advance! :)

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
You cannot become pregnant from this scenario. Sperm only survives a few minutes in open air. By the time you went to the bathroom, it was already dead. If it did somehow survive, which is not really possible, it would not be able to travel from your hands, over the toilet paper, past the tampon, past the cervix, and fertilize an egg. They are strong swimmers, but sperm cannot travel like that.
During intercourse, millions of sperm are ejaculated into the vagina. Then, just maybe, one of them will fertilize an egg. But keep in mind that there are only a few days after ovulation during which time the egg is able to be fertilized. Before or after that time, you will not become pregnant.
So, keep in mind that sperm are strong swimmers, but the conditions must be just right. Long story short: its impossible for you to become pregnant from this.

October 25, 2015 - 12:12pm
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Anonymous (reply to fchacon)

Thank you so much for this information! So if a hand is phiscally dry, there's no way any living sperm can be on it?

October 26, 2015 - 8:30am
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