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Pregnancy scare and doorknobs

By Anonymous August 20, 2017 - 8:37am
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Hi! Is it possible to get pregnant from touching something like a doorknob where there may or may not have sperm on and then masturbating (fingering)? I'm totally sure no one touched that doorknob for about 20-30 minutes before I touched it, but is it possible? Would sperm survive a trip like going from penis to hand, then to doorknob and then 20 to 30 minutes later to another hand and then to vagina?

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Dear Anon,

Thank you for writing.

No. Sperm does not live long outside the body. Once the air dries it, it's dead. You can't get pregnant from touching a doorknob. There is a risk of pregnancy when a woman has unprotected sex with ejaculation inside the vaginal canal or (more rarely) on the opening. As far as hygiene goes, it's very unhygienic to touch anything after a sexual act without first washing your hands, for the courtesy of others.


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