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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

Hi, A couple days ago my boyfriend was fingering me and then after he stopped i was rubbing his dick over his underwear. I don't know if he came or not (Probably not, I only did it for two minutes) but just in the thought that he did, if he fingered be after with some on his hand could i have gotten pregnant?

January 8, 2017 - 9:20am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

There is no risk of pregnancy from what you have written. In future you can ask your boyfriend if he ejaculated or not.


January 11, 2017 - 7:15am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thank you so much! So, just to clear, can sperm or pre cum not go through underwear at all?

January 12, 2017 - 8:35am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello again


There is no sperm in pre-ejaculate. That's contained in the urethra.

Sperm can't penetrate through clothing to cause a pregnancy. It's a good idea to read the content of the article above; all your answers are there. 



January 12, 2017 - 1:32pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks so much! I've just been slightly nervous because my period is due in a week, and I have not had any signs of bloating just some acne and small cramps. Thank you!!!

January 15, 2017 - 8:12pm
EmpowHER Guest

I wear the jins and underwear but my girl friend was not wear cloth so she is pregnent or not

November 10, 2016 - 1:36pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon!

You cannot get a woman pregnant when you are clothed even if you ejaculated all over yourself. There must be genital to genital contact with sperm being placed inside the vagina. Sperm does not carry though clothes. 


November 10, 2016 - 3:50pm
EmpowHER Guest

we just had sex but only i was naked and my girlfriend was had only her underwear. i had just cum on her underwear, but i don't think it was fall on her underwear. and after that she bleed little bit from her vagina. she was thinking its a period but blood stopped. is there any chances to get pregnant??

October 9, 2016 - 5:02am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

I do not think there was a chance for her to become pregnant because with underwear on, you could not insert your penis into her vagina.


October 10, 2016 - 9:23am
EmpowHER Guest

Hello! My boyfriend and i recently made out (grinding) with his boxers on and i had my pants on. There was no genital skin to skin contact at all but he had pre-cum on his pants while we made out. Is it possible to get pregnant that way? Thanks in advance!!

September 26, 2016 - 6:56am
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