Could I Be Pregnant Without Intercourse?

Question

I am 18, and my period has not yet become regular, but it has been over two months since my last period, which was June 25-29. I’m worried I could be possibly pregnant. I have not had sexual intercourse, but my boyfriend has ejaculated on my leg very close to my vagina. Can I become pregnant from this?
Gwen

Answer

Dear Gwen,

Your question about possibly becoming pregnant from your boyfriend’s ejaculation “very close” to your vagina is not far-fetched, for the following reasons. Before ovulation – which is the release of your egg (ovum) from it’s follicle in your ovary – your cervix (the neck of your womb) produces a mucus that comes down by gravity through your vagina to the outside of your body. You may have noticed this mucus in the past and experienced it as a slippery sensation at your vulva. This mucus has properties which enable it to nourish and direct the sperm so that it can swim up through your vagina, cervix, womb, and ovarian tubes, where one can join with your released egg (which has been picked up by the fingers (fimbria) at the end of your tube), and fertilize it. The new child that results from this union is then propelled (over a period of a few days) through your tube into your womb, where, if all goes well, he or she implants, develops, and is delivered approximately nine months later.

So you see, genital sexual contact can result in a pregnancy. The sperm don’t have to be deposited in the vagina – the mucus which occurs prior to ovulation can nourish and direct the sperm even if it is deposited only at the vulva. That’s why the genital expression of our love is best reserved for a married couple who is prepared to love and raise their child together.

Carol Roadarmel

Answered By:

Carole Roadarmel
Carole Roadarmel, longtime Professional Member of CANFP, taught the Billings Method of NFP in the Los Angeles Region, where she lived with her husband Stan.

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