What Is Precum, and Can It Get You Pregnant?
[Self, 3/8/19] Can You Get Pregnant From Precum?
Let’s dive into preconceived precum notions.
It’s a common question among the trying-to-avoid-having-a-baby set: Can you get pregnant from precum? Also, what is precum? Is it like a semen warning shot or does it contain sperm just like semen does? Since sex ed class most likely glossed over this curiosity, we dug through the research and spoke to sexual health experts to get you the answers.
What is precum, exactly?
Precum is a clear, sticky fluid released before ejaculation. As its name makes pretty obvious, precum (or pre-ejaculate) is a fluid that comes out of the penis before semen. It’s thought to originate from organs known as Cowper’s glands (also called bulbourethral glands) and the glands of Littre (urethral glands that secrete mucus). These glands are nestled close to the urethra (the tube through which sperm and urine travel on their way out into the world). When someone with a penis is sexually excited, these glands churn out precum, which is a mix of components such as proteins, enzymes, and mucus.
“Pre-ejaculate primes the urethra for sperm to come through,” Amin Herati, M.D., a urologist at John’s Hopkins University, tells SELF.
Basically, precum serves an important function if you are trying to get pregnant. See, when urine passes through the urethra, it creates an acidic environment, which isn’t ideal for sperm, Dr. Herati explains. All that acidity can get in the way of sperm maintaining the right pH level for optimal function. So, precum renders the urethra less acidic and makes the path for sperm from the penis to egg safer and potentially more successful. Another theory is that it helps to make the acidic nature of the vagina more hospitable to sperm.
In sum, you can think of precum like the appetizer to semen’s entree, the comedy show opener who gets a crowd lubed up for the headliner, the soapy water you pour onto a slip and slide—whatever tickles your fancy……
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