Can Premature Ejaculation Cause Pregnancy?

Understanding Premature Ejaculation and How it Affects Pregnancy

When it comes to sex, we can get hung up about our breath, our physique, and if our partner is enjoying themselves. One thing that might be in the back of our minds the whole time is, “Will this end in pregnancy?” Whether or not pregnancy is your goal is beside the point — you want to know if A will lead to B.

If you experience premature ejaculation (PE) during sex, the question may linger: can premature ejaculation cause pregnancy?  Since it only takes one determined sperm to fertilize an egg, then answer is yes. Even if you experience PE or pull out early on purpose, sex can lead to pregnancy.

How Pregnancy Works (A Refresher)

Every month, a woman’s ovaries release an egg. It travels through the fallopian tubes and prepares for fertilization. If it is not fertilized within a certain time period (12–24 hours), the body releases it along with the built-up uterine lining during a woman’s period.

A man produces an average of just half a teaspoon of sperm in each ejaculation, but in that small amount, there are anywhere from 40 million to 1.2 billion sperm. (Yup.)

If just one sperm makes its way up through the cervical mucus and uterus (something our bodies are designed to facilitate), into the fallopian tubes and into the egg, the egg has been fertilized, and boom, she’s pregnant.

Why the Pull-Out Method Doesn’t Work

One of the oldest methods of birth control is the so-called “pull-out method,” when a man withdraws his penis before fully ejaculating in the vagina. It’s also one of the most unreliable forms of birth control — only about 78% effective, according to Planned Parenthood.

It’s unreliable because of timing factors, as well as the fact there is a small amount of ejaculate that is expelled earlier, called “pre-ejaculate” (also referred to as “precum”).

“Pre-ejaculation fluid may contain sperm, which means pregnancy can occur even when full ejaculation doesn't occur within the vagina,” writes Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. at MayoClinic.org. While the method has been around a long time, “withdrawal is unreliable at best — and it offers no protection from sexually transmitted infections.”

To be clear, pre-ejaculate fluid is different from premature ejaculation, which occurs when a man ejaculates much sooner than is desired or anticipated. PE is incredibly common, affecting about 30% of men worldwide.

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Communication Is Key, Knowledge Is Power

Sex is a sensitive topic that some couples would rather skip the talking about and just do. But getting pregnant by accident shouldn’t happen just because you’re not cool talking about it — remember, premature ejaculation won’t stop you from depositing sperm near or inside the vagina.

Communicating what’s going on with your body, talking with your partner, and getting on the same page before getting it on makes for better sex, period.

Many partners don’t discuss the possibility of pregnancy from pre-ejaculate, either, but it’s real, though not very common. The issue of pre-ejaculate potentially causing an unwanted pregnancy has even made its way into pop culture, such as in the first episode of the Netflix series “Master of None.” When a couple experiences a condom break during intercourse, the discussion of what to do next leads to a frantic internet search and then a visit to the pharmacy for a backup method of birth control. Yep, it’s a little awkward, but without a straight-up conversation from the moment the condom broke, it could have been much more serious.

Use Reliable Birth Control

The answer to getting closer to 100% birth control while having intercourse with your partner can be using more than one method of birth control, and using each one as effectively as possible.

This might mean you both take on a method, such as a condom for the man and an oral contraceptive for the woman. If you’re not sure you’ve used a method effectively, even if premature ejaculation occurred, talk to your partner and decide on the next steps (such as seeking out emergency contraception) together.

Once you’re less anxious about an unwanted pregnancy, you can enjoy sex even more. If you are experiencing premature ejaculation, Promescent delay spray can help you last longer and enjoy the ride more!

Can Premature Ejaculation Cause Pregnancy?

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Understanding Premature Ejaculation and How it Affects Pregnancy

When it comes to sex, we can get hung up about our breath, our physique, and if our partner is enjoying themselves. One thing that might be in the back of our minds the whole time is, “Will this end in pregnancy?” Whether or not pregnancy is your goal is beside the point — you want to know if A will lead to B.

If you experience premature ejaculation (PE) during sex, the question may linger: can premature ejaculation cause pregnancy?  Since it only takes one determined sperm to fertilize an egg, then answer is yes. Even if you experience PE or pull out early on purpose, sex can lead to pregnancy.

How Pregnancy Works (A Refresher)

Every month, a woman’s ovaries release an egg. It travels through the fallopian tubes and prepares for fertilization. If it is not fertilized within a certain time period (12–24 hours), the body releases it along with the built-up uterine lining during a woman’s period.

A man produces an average of just half a teaspoon of sperm in each ejaculation, but in that small amount, there are anywhere from 40 million to 1.2 billion sperm. (Yup.)

If just one sperm makes its way up through the cervical mucus and uterus (something our bodies are designed to facilitate), into the fallopian tubes and into the egg, the egg has been fertilized, and boom, she’s pregnant.

Why the Pull-Out Method Doesn’t Work

One of the oldest methods of birth control is the so-called “pull-out method,” when a man withdraws his penis before fully ejaculating in the vagina. It’s also one of the most unreliable forms of birth control — only about 78% effective, according to Planned Parenthood.

It’s unreliable because of timing factors, as well as the fact there is a small amount of ejaculate that is expelled earlier, called “pre-ejaculate” (also referred to as “precum”).

“Pre-ejaculation fluid may contain sperm, which means pregnancy can occur even when full ejaculation doesn't occur within the vagina,” writes Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D. at MayoClinic.org. While the method has been around a long time, “withdrawal is unreliable at best — and it offers no protection from sexually transmitted infections.”

To be clear, pre-ejaculate fluid is different from premature ejaculation, which occurs when a man ejaculates much sooner than is desired or anticipated. PE is incredibly common, affecting about 30% of men worldwide.

Promescent ultrathin condoms 3-pack
Wrap It Up
No excuses... Promescent's Ultra Thin Condoms are designed to feel more natural for both partners. Practice safe sex and also feel what you really want to feel.

Communication Is Key, Knowledge Is Power

Sex is a sensitive topic that some couples would rather skip the talking about and just do. But getting pregnant by accident shouldn’t happen just because you’re not cool talking about it — remember, premature ejaculation won’t stop you from depositing sperm near or inside the vagina.

Communicating what’s going on with your body, talking with your partner, and getting on the same page before getting it on makes for better sex, period.

Many partners don’t discuss the possibility of pregnancy from pre-ejaculate, either, but it’s real, though not very common. The issue of pre-ejaculate potentially causing an unwanted pregnancy has even made its way into pop culture, such as in the first episode of the Netflix series “Master of None.” When a couple experiences a condom break during intercourse, the discussion of what to do next leads to a frantic internet search and then a visit to the pharmacy for a backup method of birth control. Yep, it’s a little awkward, but without a straight-up conversation from the moment the condom broke, it could have been much more serious.

Use Reliable Birth Control

The answer to getting closer to 100% birth control while having intercourse with your partner can be using more than one method of birth control, and using each one as effectively as possible.

This might mean you both take on a method, such as a condom for the man and an oral contraceptive for the woman. If you’re not sure you’ve used a method effectively, even if premature ejaculation occurred, talk to your partner and decide on the next steps (such as seeking out emergency contraception) together.

Once you’re less anxious about an unwanted pregnancy, you can enjoy sex even more. If you are experiencing premature ejaculation, Promescent delay spray can help you last longer and enjoy the ride more!

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