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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 and sorry to bother you. I was just wondering the likelihood of getting pregnant through pre cum on someone’s fingers as they fingered me. According to an app on my phone I was post ovulation (by 2-3 days) but my cycle is irregular so I am not totally confident. Please reply soon.

January 14, 2018 - 8:27am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your post.

There is little risk to no risk of pregnancy. Your boyfriend would have to have live sperm (ejaculate) on his finger and insert it into your vagina to cause pregnancy but you would have to be ovulating at the time. Since your period is due, you're not ovulating.

Pre-ejaculate does not contain any sperm. Sperm may be inside the urethra if he ejaculated recently and did not urinate since. If he urinated since he last ejaculated, there is no sperm at all. Pregnancy is very uncommon from pre-ejaculate and the urethra would have to contain sperm at the same time. You would also need to have intercourse.

Your period will be an indicator you are not pregnant.




January 15, 2018 - 11:51am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Also yesterday I noticed a light pink drop on my toilet paper (about a week before my period is due and six days since the aforementioned comment) I was very worried that I could have been pregnant with this being implantation bleeding but I read that that can be caused from stress as well

January 15, 2018 - 7:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Thank you so much, so just to clarify- since I did not have intercourse there is very low chance?

January 15, 2018 - 7:07pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Correct - there is little to no chance.


January 16, 2018 - 5:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Hi i’m the same person who previously left this comment and I was wondering if you could help me again. My period was due yesterday but did not come (my periods are very irregular) However the day before that I had a huge rush of white cervical mucus and bright red discharge which I figured was the breakdown of my lining. Since then I have had heavy bloating, slight cramping, and water discharge. Please help I took a homemade pregnancy test and it came up negative but I am very nervous (I heard stress may cause my delayed period but please respond)

January 22, 2018 - 3:18pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

Home made pregnancy tests don't work. If you want to take one, get it from the drug store. It sounds like your period is on it's way but at this point, just take a test. That is what they are for.



January 22, 2018 - 4:24pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Is it more likely that my period is coming and I am just highly stressed and overthinking this than an actual pregnancy risk? Also thank you so much I am sorry for asking so many questions.

January 22, 2018 - 4:37pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Yes, it's far more likely your period is coming. 

I don't understand the fight against taking a pregnancy test. You can ask a website a hundred questions and wait for replies - or - you can take a test and have one in about a minute! 

I understand you are nervous and that's ok - but we are going around in circles and we simply don't have the manpower to keep answering one persons questions when all they need to do is take a test. When I though I was pregnant I took a test. That's what people do! 

Take the test - you'll be ok :) 


January 22, 2018 - 4:57pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi, I was just wondering if it’s possible for someone to get pregnant through precum being on the male’s fingers while fingering her and what are the chances (not sure if I was ovulating or not either )

January 12, 2018 - 12:12pm
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