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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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EmpowHER Guest

I made out with my bf and had my underwear off. I made him come using my hands, but there were no direct contact between his cum and my private part. I then put on my underwear and washed my hands. Do I have any chance of getting pregnant?

July 17, 2017 - 8:30pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

 A woman cannot get pregnant unless she has unprotected sex (both naked) with ejaculation inside (or rarely, on the opening of) her vagina. She would also have to be ovulating. Sperm may wet clothes but they don't penetrate clothing in order to find a vagina and swim up it to cause pregnancy.

So a pregnancy cannot occur from what you did.




July 18, 2017 - 6:34am
EmpowHER Guest

Can it is possible to get pregnant when:
1: It was 4th day of my periods
2: I was wearing underwear and cotton pajama
3: my bf ejaculte over my pajama near my thigh, to be exact middle of my tigh
It there any chance of pregnancy?? Can sperms traveled from thighs and cross two layers of clothing??
I am really tensed and stressed. guide me please.thanks

May 26, 2017 - 6:38am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

No risk for pregnancy. Sperm cannot travel through clothing.


May 26, 2017 - 8:44am
EmpowHER Guest

I have had four emergency contracptive in four months cause I am paranoid i will get pregnant every time me and my partner had sex. I have not had my period after taking the last ecp. I took the pill on 1st and got light period on 3rd to 5th. My period which was due on 18th hasn't come yet. M I pregnant ? It's been 4 weeks delay. Was the light period an actual period ? After ecp we did have sex however we began unprotected then used condom.

May 21, 2017 - 3:04pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

You have overused the emergency contraceptive, and I think caused a serious hormonal imbalance.

Please call and speak with either your gynecologist or primary care physician, today.


May 26, 2017 - 8:42am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi! Me and my boyfriend had sex last month by april12,2017 after that my period starts and it lasts on 5 days after. Were not totally had sex because we still wearing our underwear and shorts. I am worried because until now i still have no period. I should have the second week of this month but until now i shouldn't have. What's wrong? Am I pregnant? Please answer me. I am paranoid of what's going on.

May 18, 2017 - 1:41am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Since you had a normal period following sex in April, you did not become pregnant.

Relax. There was no risk for pregnancy when you were both wearing underwear and shorts.

Stressing out will only further the delay.

May 26, 2017 - 8:39am
EmpowHER Guest

My boyfriend and I were dry jumping. He was wearing boxers and jeans and I was wearing jeans but no underwear. He didn't ejaculate but I'm not sure if he pre-cumed or not. I'm terrified that I might be able to get pregnant like this! Please answer me. I've never had any sexual experience and have no idea what could or could not be possible here

May 16, 2017 - 2:19am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Because you were both wearing jeans, there was no risk for becoming pregnant.


May 26, 2017 - 8:37am
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