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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

My husband and me had sex. I was wearing an cotton underwear and he was wearing jeans. Is there a change that I can get pregnant

July 7, 2018 - 7:36am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)


You can't have sex with clothes on. Unprotected intercourse with ejaculation into your vagina is having sex.


July 7, 2018 - 12:36pm
EmpowHER Guest

I was making out with a guy and a had my clothes but he did not and he did'nt ejaculated,after this, I was got one month late and recently i had a diferent bleeding, i thought it could be my period, but it was a spotting, can I be pregnant?

April 3, 2018 - 2:45pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

We cannot say why your menstrual cycle has changed but it could be due to stress. 

You can't be pregnant by not having sex and having all your clothes on, it doesn't matter what the male was doing.


April 3, 2018 - 3:21pm

My boyfriend and I were messing around, both wearing underwear, and he ejaculated on my panties. As soon as I noticed there was a stain on top of my underwear, but no trace of fluid anywhere on my skin, I changed clothes and cleaned up immediately. All of this happened in the span of about a minute. Is there any way I could get pregnant from this incident? I also should note that I was taking progesterone when this happened (day 6 of 10 on a 10-day course). My doctor told me I would most likely have a period after stopping the medicine. So far I've had severe cramps and light spotting but no period. Anyway, is there any possible chance I could be pregnant, or is it high anxiety mixed with PMS? Please help, I've been so anxious I can barely sleep.

March 9, 2018 - 9:19pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Lo_)

Hello Lo

There is little to no risk of pregnancy. Try to relax - you're period will along when it's ready.


March 12, 2018 - 3:35am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi, I made out with my boygriend without wearing a bra but I wore my underwear continuously and I had wore jeans and wored a 3 layers over. But we were rubbing our private parts, can pregnancy occur? Please reply soon.

February 28, 2018 - 9:48pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

You were not rubbing private parts, you were making out with clothes on - there is zero risk of pregnancy.



March 1, 2018 - 3:13pm
EmpowHER Guest

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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