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ask: Does washing with soap and water kill sperm on hands?

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My boyfriend and I engaged in manual sex. If before fingering me he had semen on his hands, I wanted to know if him washing his hands with soap and water is enough to get rid of the sperm so it can't get my pregnant. I'm not on birth control and we didn't use protection. As a precaution before manual sex aka fingering, are soap and water enough to make sure that my boyfriend has no sperm on his hands? I also gave him a handjob and he ejaculated with wet fresh semen on my hands but I went to the bathroom and washed it off with luke warm water and antibacterial soap and then dried after. After drying I urinated and washed my vagina with antibacterial soap touching it with the same hand, in order to prevent a UTI. I'm sorry I'm just really worried that I may not be pregnant so I'm freaking myself out. This event happened March 15th (11 days after my period had started) so its been over 2 weeks since then, if I take a pregnancy test will it be accurate? I don't expect my period till April 3rd

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Me and my girlfriend are both virgins, i ejaculated on myself and then rinsed it off with cold water quickly and rubbed my self of with a towel quickly. I then went back to her and we started rubbing our private parts on each other naked, is there any chance of pregnancy in a situation like this?

February 18, 2015 - 1:15am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

There is no risk of pregnancy. Please read through the previous answers as your question is very similar .


February 18, 2015 - 7:04am
EmpowHER Guest

once semen touches water it is dead

February 18, 2015 - 1:12am
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Hi. My gf were fooling around with our clothes all over the floor, i then touched my penis and have precum on my hands and im not sure whether it got wiped off somehow, but after touching it for less than 2minutes i started fingering her. Will she get pregnant? Please help

January 21, 2015 - 4:21am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

It is questionable if there is sperm in pre-ejaculate. There could be some left if you recently ejaculated. The risk for pregnancy in this case is very low to none. If your girlfriend is late in starting her next period by at least seven days, she should take a pregnancy test.


January 21, 2015 - 11:02am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks Maryann. I will take note. Also, i didn't add in this detail. Im not sure whether its my cum on her vagina or its her discharge, i was fingering her and a while later i noticed a white CLEAR thick-like discharge on the side of her vagina. I assume its part of ovulation? I am really not sure and terified.

January 21, 2015 - 5:05pm
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he came on my hand and i wiped it off.. 2 hrs later, i touched myself but did not put my finger inside me. will i get pregnant? im very nervous. plus, i have different period cycles so i dont really know when my next period arrive

August 16, 2014 - 7:41am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

There is no risk of pregnancy here but practice good hygiene (hand-washing with soap) so that you don't transfer this kind of matter onto other things. 




August 18, 2014 - 5:40am
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Me and my boyfriend are still virgins. Last week me and my boyfriend were messing around, he was on his back and the lips of my vagina were on the length of his penis and never touched the head of it. He did ejaculate and the semen got on his stomach. I am sure that i did not touch it considering that my vag never touched the head of his penis and the semen went straight to his stomach. We sit next to each other for a couple of minutes then he wipes all of the semen off of his abs with toilet paper and then he washed his hands with soap and water more than twice even though the semen never directly touched his hands. We put our clothes back on, hang out for at least 45 minutes, maybe more and then he fingered me multiple times. So many people have told me i have no chance of getting pregnant but i'm still wanting another opinion. Can i get pregnant?

August 11, 2014 - 11:08am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon! 

You have no chance of pregnancy if there was no ejaculation near your vaginal opening but your sexual activity is risky and you're getting pretty close to having sex. Use a method of birth control in future. 



August 12, 2014 - 5:35am
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