Can You Get Pregnant from Precum? Shocking Myths Revealed

Posted on Updated on 21 May, 2017

Relationship Between Pre-cum And Pregnancy


Precum, also known as pre-ejaculate, is a clear viscous fluid that is released by men during the early stage of sexual intercourse. Its composition is quite similar to semen but has different chemical content. It is also produced in sizable quantity and can amount up to about 5 ml depending on the individual.

Precum does not come from the testicles but from some two glands found along the urethra called Cowper’s glands and gland of Litter. This fluid is produced during sexual arousal, early stages of sexual intercourse and even masturbation. Some people argue that this fluid contains spermatozoa and can cause pregnancy while others think otherwise. This discussion will tend to seek answers and solve this confusion of pre-ejaculatory fluid and pregnancy.

Human spermatozoa are produced in testes through a process called Spermatogenesis. This process is unique in that it takes place in an environment which has a temperature slightly lower than that of the normal body temperature, about 2 degrees Celsius lower than 37 degrees Celsius, which is considered the normal body temperature of humans. This is the reason why human testes hang – to control temperatures that favor production of spermatozoa through contraction and expansion of scrotum. This process only takes place in the testes and not in precum producing glands, an apparent reason why this pre-ejaculatory fluid itself is free from sperms hence the difference in chemical composition.


The primary purpose of precum is to clean and lubricate the inside of urethra. It also forms a favorable environment for the passage of sperms. Spermatozoa never survive in acidic conditions, and therefore precum tends to neutralize the acidity nature of the urethra making sperms survive during their journey to the vagina.

Although this fluid is free from any sperm and cannot cause pregnancy itself, there are situations where sperm remains in the urethra after previous ejaculation and hence the possibility of them mixing with each other. Leftover sperm normally settles at the tip of the penis during arousal and may be carried by this precum into a woman’s body. This is the point where the pre-ejaculate together with unprotected vaginal penetration can cause pregnancy. Immediately the sperm in pre-ejaculate finds its way into the vagina; it can lead to fertilization of ovum even if withdrawal takes place before ejaculation.

Several studies have been conducted concerning the possibility of precum causing pregnancy, but almost all have failed to give convincing findings. The study carried out in 2011 has stood out to be the best of all. In this 2011 study performed to determine whether pre-ejaculatory fluid carries motile spermatozoa and if it poses a pregnancy risk, it was found that precum samples could contain sperm.

In this study, a total of  27 male adult participants were involved and were instructed to pre-ejaculate through masturbation at different intervals. A total of 40 samples were taken, and their precum was studied immediately after they were released. Results show that out of the 27 participants, 11 produced pre-ejaculatory fluid with semen. Of these eleven cases, ten produced a reasonable amount of sperm that was motile. This study is believed to be successful, unlike previous studies because of promptness with which the samples were examined, within two minutes of production. It is believed that if samples stay after the two-minute timing, they are likely to dry up hindering the possibility of accurate microscopic analysis.

The result also shows that slightly over 30% of the participants produced sperm in their precum, which had a higher probability of fertilizing an egg. This does not necessarily mean that they could make a woman pregnant every time they produced the pre-ejaculatory fluid. The whole process depends on different conditions, and it varies in different men. It only means that at that particular time, they had sperm in their urethra that mixed with the precum. Since it its production is in small quantities as compared to ejaculate, it may carry with it less sperm, and so the possibility of causing pregnancy may be rare.

It is believed that if a man urinates after ejaculation, the flushes out and kills out any sperm left over that remains in the penis and that in this case pregnancy would not happen. This is a myth and has been scientifically discarded to be untrue. Though it is believed that urine is sterile and acidic in nature, it does not have damaging effects on sperm. Remember that the primary function of precum is to neutralize the acidic effect in the urethra and consequently does the same on urinal effects, making the environment safe for the survival of spermatozoa.


It is now clear that precum itself does not contain spermatozoa. However, there is a risk of leaked motile sperm in pre-ejaculatory fluid hence the possibility of causing unintended pregnancy.

It is highly recommended that you continue practicing safe sex by wearing a condom before any genital contact to reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy and contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STD s). This is considered as the safest and most trusted means of protection.

Withdrawal as a means of preventing pregnancy has also been practiced by many people, but again you cannot be 100% guaranteed that it can work for you. One thing you should remember is that during pre-ejaculation there is a feeling similar to that of orgasm, a point where the sexual excitement is at its peak. This excitement is sometimes difficult to control and most men never realize when precum is being discharged. It requires a lot of timing and self-control.

Use of contraceptives is also a recommended way of preventing unprecedented pregnancy. In this way, a woman will feel safer and will indulge in sexual intercourse without any worry of sexual aftermaths.

My opinion is, never trust pre-ejaculate. It will mess you up. Since it can lead to pregnancy, though on rare occasions, be smart and take precautionary measures before indulging in sexual intercourse. In this way, you will be safe and free from unnecessary stress.