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Answers for Women: Am I Pregnant After Dry Sex, Making Out with Clothes On?

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We are glad you found EmpowHER! A common question has been asked: Am I pregnant if I make out with a boy, while wearing clothes? Can I be pregnant without penetration (intercourse)?

There is so much misinformation about sex, and usually the limited information that is given resorts to using scare tactics, so much to where young women are afraid that when they merely look at a boy, or touch a towel that a boy has touched, that this could result in pregnancy!

Please know that becoming pregnant does not just "occur". Sperm must somehow enter the vagina in order to conceive; genitals must touch other genitals, or ejaculatory fluid must come into contact with a woman's vulva. Otherwise, there is no risk of pregnancy.

If you are wearing clothes or otherwise "making out", a congratulations is in order, as you are engaging in "safer sex" practices, which means you were able to express your physical or sexual feelings without putting yourself at increased risk for pregnancy. You can find more information below that pertains to your specific situation, based on our most commonly asked questions.

I missed my period and must be pregnant after making out or being sexual with my partner.
Late Period Fact: It is common for women to be late --or even miss a period entirely--for no "apparent" reason. Our ovulation and menstrual cycles do vary from month-to-month, and can change due to recent illness, new medication, excess stress. There are also medical reasons that women may stop menstruating, and can be evaluated by your doctor (doctors are not usually concerned if you are not experiencing any problematic symptoms until you have missed three periods in-a-row, called amenorrhea).

I am afraid of pregnancy because I did sexual things with my partner while wearing clothes, and I read that women can still become pregnant since clothes and cotton are porous (have holes).
Clothing Fact: Yes, our clothing, and specifically our cotton underwear, are porous. and, it is true that sperm are strong swimmers, but they can't swim through clothes.

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Hi. Me and my girlfriend dry humped this september. I'm naked but she is wearing pants and underwear. She masturbated my penis and ejaculated on her arm and hands. Yet after that, she's been experiencing pregnancy symptoms and she's really paranoid about it. She's been having backaches, headaches, nausea, white discharge, cramps, sensitivity to smell, morning sickness and such. We tried doing some home pregnancy tests such as sugar and urine where the sugar mostly didnt dissolve and it means its a positive. Another is the bleach and urine where when mixed, creating a foam would mean positive. Ours resulted with no foam which means a negative but in other articles, its a positive. And lastly the soap and urine we stirred and formed bubbles, it is considered positive. Are these home tests reliable? My girlfriend is still a Virgin and the best we can do is dry humping. Is it possible that she is pregnant?

September 12, 2017 - 9:16pm
EmpowHER Guest

hello. My boyfriend and i have sex frequently. The only birth control we rely on is condoms. However, we are extremely careful while using it and we always make sure that he ejaculates outside. Today marks the 6th day after im supposed to get my period and i havent gotten my period yet. My boobs hurt and i have slight abdominal pain but not the pain im usually used to. Is there a chance that i might be pregnant? Please help me i'm freaking out

September 12, 2017 - 7:30am
EmpowHER Guest

i have touched my penis on my girlfriend's panty during her periods days . does there any chance of pregnancy as her periods late by 10 days

September 11, 2017 - 7:23pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi. Me and my girlfriend dry humped with clothes just this september yet she's been feeling dizzy even before she got to our home. We finished when she masturbated my penis and ejaculated on her elbow. Yet after that, she's bee experiencing pregnancy symptoms and she's really paranoid about it
She's been having backaches, headaches, nausea, white discharge, anf such. We tried pregnancy home remedies yet there are different results. Is it possible that her mind could be playing tricks on her because i know too myself that we still havent any penetrative intercourse. Her period is bound to be next next week and we're really hoping an answer thank you

September 7, 2017 - 6:22am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

Your girlfriend can't get pregnant from ejaculation on her elbow - I'm going to assume both of you know that. I not sure what "different results" mean on a test. They are either positive or negative. 



September 7, 2017 - 1:58pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Oh thank you so much mam. Oh another thing, how about her pregnancy symptoms? She's been having light cramps, sensitivity of smell, white discharge, and the others mentioned above. We really just need affirmation about her symptoms when she's actually not pregnant. And about the tests, we tried home made pregnancy tests. We used sugar, bleach, and soap. On the sugar, not most of the sugar dissolved saying its a positive. In.the bleach, when mixed with urine, shows no foam which means a negative on other articles and positive on others. And lastly, on the soap, when applied with urine it forms bubbles which means positive. Are these accurate?

September 7, 2017 - 5:39pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Oh thank you so much. But how about her pregnancy symptoms ma'am? Is it possible that its only paranoia and stress that is causing her symptoms?

September 7, 2017 - 5:31pm
EmpowHER Guest

I and my girlfriend dry humped in around end of May and beginning of August. I did not ejaculate and we had not genital contact, how we did have oral sex. For whatever time my penis was out I did not release any fluid out of my genital

She has not had her periods..she has nausea, cramps, white vaginal secretion. She has shifted to another country to study at a university and she is pretty stressed about it. Can this be the reason?

July 31, 2017 - 6:17pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I think the chances are slim of her being pregnant. Stress, hormones, birth control and weight loss or weight gain are all factors that could be the reason for a delayed period. The slight chance of pregnancy boils down to what you were wearing while dry humping if you were wearing thin layers or underwear it is possible that maybe some of your Precum came into contact with her however I believe the chances of conceiving that way are very SLIM. Good luck I hope everything works out in the end.

August 1, 2017 - 11:52am
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My bf friend was on the top of me and he cum. Then, his cum becomes on my clothes. we both were wearing complete clothes. Now, I feel my breast become larger and my period will be after 9 days. Please, Do you think I am pregnant?

Thank you

July 27, 2017 - 11:18pm
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