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My boyfriend was wearing just basketball shorts and I was wearing my cotton underwear and we were dry humping kind of like "going through the motions of sex" so his penis would go against my vagina area but with those articles of clothing on. Later I notice he had pre-cum in his basketball shorts but I didn't notice any on my underwear. My question is, is can I get pregnant based on my scenario like the sperm from pre-cum on his shorts swim through his shorts through my underwear? If precum did get on my underwear could it travel through? (my underwear was not soaked or anything)

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K,

Nope! You can't get pregnant through your clothes, or usually though any type of dry humping unless ejaculation occurs in/around your vagina.

It's generally thought that the way sperm ends up in pre-cum, is not because pre-ejaculate naturally contains sperm, but because sometimes a man will ejaculate and sperm will be left behind in his urethra waiting to be washed out by whatever fluid happens along next. Mostly that fluid is urine, and the sperm is flushed away; sometimes that fluid is pre-cum and that's what allows sperm to end up in a man's pre-ejaculatory fluid. It's definitely not without risk, but generally speaking, pre-cum isn't what's going to get you pregnant.

While there is almost zero chance that you're pregnant from the scenario you described, if you feel like your relationship is heading towards full-on-penetrative-sex, now is the time to stock up on condoms and broach the topic of birth control with your parents :)

Good luck,

Julia

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I can answer questions pertaining to pregnancy symptoms, likelihood of being pregnant, pregnancy prevention, your options once you discover you are pregnant, how to talk to parents, how to talk to partners, prenatal concerns, and emergency contraception.

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I have a degree in Psychology and am working towards my Masters of Public Health. Both of these fields require an understanding of adolescent development, health behavior and health education. I am invested deeply in ensuring that teens have access to practical, fact-based information. To provide this I stay current by reviewing peer-reviewed literature, health trends and statistics, and the work of activists in the field of pregnancy, sex education, mental health and general well being.

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