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Sperm in Pre-Come? Yep.

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Question: Are there really sperm in pre-come?

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Yes. Not always, but often enough that if you don't want to get pregnant, you should have NO genital contact on a day when you saw cervical mucus, or you're within a "Count of 3."

We know there can be sperm in pre-ejaculate, or pre-come (the fluid that appears at the tip of the penis when a man is aroused but before he ejaculates), because women have gotten pregnant from sex in which the man didn't ejaculate. And, in 2011, there was this interesting study:

that showed that about 41% of the men studied had sperm present in their pre-ejaculate, the vast majority of those being motile (meaning, the sperm could swim).


One very interesting finding was that some men always had sperm in their pre-ejaculate, and some men never did. So, it's possible that some men would have better luck with "pulling out" for birth control than others. Keep in mind, though, that this study only looked at 27 men, way too few for us to draw sweeping conclusions.

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