Pregnancy can be something that some couples want to avoid in advance. The reasons are varied, it could be because you are not ready mentally and physically, or because you want to provide a gap in the ages of your first and second children.
Delaying pregnancy doesn’t mean you can’t have intimate relations, Mother. Married couples can still have sex by using contraception to delay pregnancy.
But sometimes concerns arise regarding the husband’s pre-ejaculatory fluid which is thought to still be able to cause pregnancy. Especially, if husband and wife only choose condom contraception or interrupted intercourse to delay pregnancy.
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So is it true that pre-ejaculation can still cause pregnancy?
You can read more in the following review, Mother!
What is pre-ejaculatory fluid?
Pre-ejaculatory fluid is fluid that comes from the Cowper’s gland or a small gland in the penis. This fluid comes out before a man ejaculates with the aim of lubricating the urethra so that semen can flow out more easily.
“Pre-ejaculatory fluid (pre-cum) is a normal part of physiology that acts as a lubricant, produced by the glands in the penis to facilitate sexual intercourse,” said urologist at UC San Diego Health, Mike Hsieh, quoted from Parents.
All experts and doctors agree that pre-ejaculation discharge is not something that can be controlled. However, the body has its own alarm to remove this fluid.
Pre-ejaculatory fluid can come out due to sexual stimulation provided by the opposite sex. However, not all men emit pre-ejaculatory fluid when receiving stimulation, and that is normal.
Does pre-ejaculatory fluid contain sperm?
Pre-ejaculatory fluid and sperm come from two different sources. If pre-ejaculatory fluid comes from inside the penis, then sperm is produced by the testicles. However, that doesn’t mean that pre-ejaculatory fluid is completely free of sperm, Mother.
Reporting from Healthline, a study in 2016 found that there are sperm elements in the pre-ejaculatory fluid released by a man. However, the sperm contained in the pre-ejaculatory fluid is certainly less than the sperm contained in semen.
“The penile glands that produce pre-ejaculatory fluid do not produce sperm, so it is believed that the sperm found in pre-ejaculatory fluid is residual sperm in the urethra from previous ejaculations,” said Hsieh.
Not all men produce ejaculate containing sperm, this depends on the lifestyle they lead. Men who take drugs, smoke and drink alcohol usually have a lower sperm count, so the risk of sperm entering the pre-ejaculatory fluid is also low.
Can pre-ejaculatory fluid also cause pregnancy?
The answer is yes. Pre-ejaculatory fluid can cause pregnancy if it contains sperm. Even so, the possibility is quite low.
If you are worried about this, men can take precautions before having sex, namely by urinating first. This method is believed to reduce the number of sperm that may be present in the ejaculatory fluid.
Another safest way is to use contraception which is highly effective in preventing pregnancy.
Another thing that worries many married couples is the possibility of contracting venereal disease from pre-ejaculatory fluid. So is it true that this fluid can be a source of disease transmission?
Pre-ejaculatory fluid comes from the Cowper’s glands, these glands have the possibility of being infected by viruses or bacteria which then develop into venereal disease.
Therefore, there is still a possibility that venereal diseases can be transmitted through pre-ejaculatory fluid. In some cases, even HIV, transmission can occur through pre-ejaculatory fluid.
Having safe sexual relations is very important for married couples who want to postpone pregnancy. If you are worried about the possibility of experiencing sexual problems, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. Even if pre-ejaculatory fluid does not come out, venereal diseases can still be transmitted.
Well, that’s the answer to the question regarding whether pre-ejaculatory fluid can cause pregnancy or not. Hopefully this information is useful!
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