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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 am currently on the birth control pill (and have been for a few months) and have no time missed a day and always manage to take my pill within three hours. I have not had intercourse, but there was an occasion when I gave someone a handjob, he came, and then fingered me after. I’m not sure if semen were on his fingers, but if it was what are the chances of pregnancy? I should not have been ovulating at the time either, as it was two days after my period ended. I’m just worried because I haven’t got my period yet, but I am on the pill, and we did not have intercourse.

July 26, 2019 - 8:58am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

Thank you for writing! 

I'm not sure you understand how the pill works. A woman does not ovulate on the pill - if she did, she could get pregnant. The pill is 99.9% effective.  Since you are taking it exactly as prescribed, there is no realistic way you can get pregnant, even with full intercourse with no condom.

For more information, look up the website of your brand of pill. 



July 26, 2019 - 11:55am
EmpowHER Guest

I’m currently taking Monistat-3 for a yeast infection. It says not to use condoms while on the medication, but i’m wondering if you know how many days to wait after using the medication to be able to use a condom without it being damaged. (To clarify; i’m not asking how many days to wait until after the infection itself has cleared, i’m asking how many days will the medication clear out and not damage latex.)
Thank you.

June 14, 2019 - 9:19pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello, Anon.

Monistat 3 may weaken rubber products (such as latex condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps) and lead to failure. According to WebMD, it's advised not to use these products during treatment with this medication and for 3 to 4 days after treatment is over. You can double check this timeline with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure.


June 15, 2019 - 7:35pm
EmpowHER Guest

I have been on the pill for two weeks consistently taking it at the same time.
Yesterday, on the day before I should be ovulating, my boyfriend ejaculated and then after I wiped my hands off and waited around ten minutes, and i’m assuming he wiped his hand off too. I’m just worried if the possibility of him having sperm on his finger and then fingering me could have gotten me pregnant in the scenario described while being on birth control for two weeks and taking the pill at the exact same time each night.

May 29, 2019 - 4:13am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

A woman does not ovulate on the Pill and you've been on it for two weeks meaning you are protected. So there is no risk.Best,



May 29, 2019 - 4:31am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi. I was with this guy and he fingered me (neither of us wearing clothes). We didn’t have sex and he did not ejaculate. I was close to my day of ovulation (or on). I’m worried about pre ejaculate or if there is anyway i’m pregnant. My periods are irregular but it is due in two days and i’ve been having symptoms of PMS but i know such can be similar to pregnancy. Please respond.

May 5, 2019 - 11:23am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello, Anon.

You can't get pregnant from the scenario you describe. Pregnancy can happen when a woman has unprotected sexual intercourse with ejaculation that enters the vagina. Pre-ejaculate fluid in itself does not contain sperm. Sperm can be picked up the urethra if a man has not urinated since a recent ejaculation. But once he urinates, any sperm would be flushed out.


May 5, 2019 - 12:48pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Helena)

Thank you. Just to clarify, is it possible to get pregnant while ovulating from being fingered with pre-cum?

May 5, 2019 - 12:57pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Pregnancy is very uncommon from pre-ejaculate and the urethra would have to contain sperm (as I stated previously, from a recent ejaculation) at the same time as ovulation. You would also need to have intercourse. So, while not impossible, it's a very unlikely scenario.


May 5, 2019 - 2:31pm
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