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What are the chances of being pregnant?

By October 16, 2009 - 8:08pm
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Okay, so long story short, I got a rather large amount of sperm on the crotch of my jeans. I ran to the bathroom very quickly, took off my pants and underwear, and hopped in the shower. I noticed a TINY spot where the sperm had leaked through my underwear, and it had leaked a LOT through my pants. After my shower I put my pants and underwear in the washer with soap then in the dryer for 45 minutes... was that enough to kill the sperm or should I be worried?

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Thank you!
I've taken all the sex ed classes they give you throughout middle and high school, but all they would tell us was basically "dont have sex".
I know it was stupid of me to be in this situation in the first place, and it is totally not like me, but we all make mistakes sometimes.
Thanks tons for your answer, its nice to have some reassurance.

October 18, 2009 - 7:54pm
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I don't think Susan was saying anything about your intelligence level, or to say that we all haven't made mistakes, but she just wanted to make sure you knew how it is possible to become pregnant, so that you can protect yourself!

It most likely was not sperm that leaked through to your underwear (through the crotch of your denim jeans), but was most likely YOUR vaginal secretions that you noticed that made your underwear wet (and, possibly the inside of your pants). The outside of your pants would probably be semen.

We didn't understand the necessity to wash your clothes, as sperm can not live outside the body once it has dried, so you can not get pregnant from sperm that is left on clothing. The only way you can get pregnant is if sperm comes into contact with your vagina, and that is not through clothing.

There is some information about what you actually engaged in, called ""outercourse", which is actually a very SMART thing to do if you are deciding to become sexually active. (Sexually active does not mean "having sex", but means engaging in sexual activities that can include kissing, touching, genital-to-genital contact, etc...all with different degrees of risk for pregnancy). So...keep on practicing "safer sex" methods as you are comfortable, and don't do anything you will later regret or worry about!

Ask us if you have any more questions!

October 18, 2009 - 8:48pm
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Hi Alexia

Thanks for your question!

The average ejaculate is only about a teaspoon so for it to soak through a pair of jeans (especially the crotch area which is generally very thick denim) and through a pair of panties is very unusual.

Washing your clothes would take any sperm away, and even if it didn't, you could not get pregnant if you took them out of the dryer and put them on again.

Alexia, have you taken sex education classes?

October 17, 2009 - 6:04am
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