PRE-CUM: Should I Be Worried About It?
Most sexually active adults have probably realized that unprotected sex can be leaps and bounds more pleasurable than sex with a condom on. However, aside from the risk of infection (especially if it’s with someone you don’t know), one runs the risk of untimely insemination. While withdrawal has been a method practiced for generations, many people still argue that it is ineffective. Its invalidity is widely credited to one specific thing: pre-cum.
Pre-cum is something that sexually active people should be well-acquainted with. In the same way that women produce a slippery fluid when they get sexually aroused, so do men produce a clear fluid at the base of the penis during erections. However, pre-cum isn’t meant to stand as lubrication, considering that it usually only appears in small amounts and is much stickier than you’d want lubricant to be. So what is it then? What does it do? And most importantly, can it cause pregnancy? Let’s find out.
WHAT IS IT?
Pre-cum is also commonly referred to as pre-ejaculatory fluid, preseminal fluid, and Cowper’s fluid. It is a clear fluid released by the Cowper’s glands which are two small glands found in a male’s reproductive tract. During an erection, this fluid can be seen coming out of the urethra, but isn’t apparent for all men.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Contrary to popular belief, pre-cum is not small spurts of actual cum. It is actually a different fluid entirely. Cowper’s fluid is a basic fluid that is released by the body in preparation for ejaculation. This clear base is meant to neutralize the acid in the urethra, thus readying the vessel for the expulsion of sperm. This fluid will create a more accommodating environment for the sperm, guaranteeing the cells’ survival for the trip.
CAN IT GET YOU PREGNANT?
While this fluid itself does not contain any sperm, it may act as a transport for sperm that has been “left” in the urethra, possibly from a previous ejaculation. Considering the sensitive nature of sperm, these “left behind” cells are usually not motile anymore. However, in some rare occasions, the sperm cells brought along by pre-cum survive and proceed to be motile, possibly leading to fertalization. So to cut it short, pre-cum CAN get you pregnant, but only in very rare cases.
HOW SHOULD I HANDLE IT?
The statistics are generally on your side when it comes to pre-cum and pregnancy. The withdrawal method continues to be a plausible means of preventing pregnancy for most. However, it’s always best to remember that the improbability of pregnancy from pre-cum is not 100%. The more you test it, the closer you get to becoming part of the unlikely statistic. As such, it’s always best to be safe and increase your protection rate with a contraceptive. Sex with a condom on doesn’t have to be all bad. Check out our article on picking the right condom for you and see what we mean.
Not only will you get more protection physically, but having the extra reassurance will also bring emotional and mental ease by allowing you and your partner to be in the stress-free environment you need to really connect. Stay safe everyone!