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FAQ: Can Precum Get You Pregnant?

So, we here at Teen Health Source get a lot of questions about precum. A LOT. We have some info about it buried on the Inside Scoop: Penis and Testicles* page, under the spot about the Cowper’s Gland. For this post we’re pulling some of that info out, and hopefully also addressing some of the stuff that comes up in our faqs about precum. Here we go!

What is precum?

Can precum cause pregnancy?

Can you contract an STI from precum?

If people are about to have sex and aren’t sure about each other’s STI status or testing history, or aren’t sure if someone peed since their last ejaculation and there’s a risk of someone getting pregnant, then we’d always recommend that folks consider using condoms (external or internal) to prevent the transmission of fluids, and lowering the risk of pregnancy or sharing STIs.

If you have questions about this topic, feel free to contact one of our peer educators. [Link]

Last Updated: April 2020

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*Not everyone experiences or relates to their penis and testicles in the same way or uses the words used on this page for their bodies. We support you using the language that feels best for you.

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