Can You Get Pregnant Without Sex?

Have you ever worried about getting pregnant after having missed your periods?

Should you really worry about getting pregnant, as you have not had sex?

Can You Get Pregnant Without Sex?

Getting pregnant without having penetrative sex is really a surprise, but it is true.

You can get pregnant without penetration. Any activity that introduces sperms into the vagina can make pregnancy possible.

What Causes Pregnancy?

For pregnancy to occur, a sperm from a male should fertilize with one egg in the fallopian tube of the females.

Once the egg is fertilized it travels from the fallopian tube to the lining of the uterus.

When the penetration of the penis in the vagina occurs, it delivers the sperms closest to the cervix. An egg is fertilized when it is released from the vagina that happens once in a month (14 days before the menstrual cycle).

During the time of ovulation, the cervical mucus gets thin like egg-white. This allows the sperms to swim more freely. It flows through the vaginal canal to the opening of the vagina.

Sperms if introduced in or around the vagina can easily make their way to the eggs.

Does Pre-Ejaculation Fluid Contain Sperms?

Yes, there are sperms present in the pre-ejaculate fluid. A study shows that 16.7% of men have active sperms in the pre ejaculate fluid.(1, 2)

One millimeter of ejaculate contains 15 to 200 million sperms. The count varies in different individuals. Amongst these many sperms, only one is required to get pregnant.
If the ejaculate or the pre-ejaculate fluid comes in contact with the vaginal area, there are though less, but the possibility to get pregnant. The ejaculate and the pre-ejaculate fluid can come in contact with the vagina through toys, mouth, and even fingers.

What Is Splash Pregnancy?

If the conception occurs (accidentally or incidentally) due to semen reaching the outer vaginal area, it is known as splash pregnancy.

It is a good option for those couples who cannot have sex. It is a possible way for them to get pregnant without intercourse, by getting the man ejaculate close to the vagina.

As some semen makes it way to the vulva or the vaginal area, there are chances of getting pregnant. Ejaculation inside the vagina increases the chances.

Studies show this method can be adopted by the females suffering from vaginismus, to have a child.(3)

Though the chances are very low, this method can be adopted.

Other Ways To Get Pregnant Without Sex

There are certain procedures apart from penetrative sex that can help a female get pregnant.

The procedures are:

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)

These are artificial insemination methods. During the procedure, the semen is collected and transferred to either the vagina, cervix, or into the uterus.

These procedures are an option for those wanting to get pregnant and are not able to with sexual intercourse or for those who cannot have intercourse. It can also be helpful for same-sex couples wanting to have a baby.

At-home Insemination

  • At-home Insemination is also known as the ‘turkey-baster’ method. The procedure can be risky if done improperly but is adopted by many couples.
  • It is important to speak to a doctor before going ahead with this procedure.
  • The procedure involves collecting the semen in a cup and transferring it into the vagina with a syringe (without a needle).
  • If done improperly it can lead to infection and injury.

Getting pregnant without having sexual intercourse is possible, but with very low chances. If you want or do not want to get pregnant and are in an active sexual relation, taking advice from a doctor is essential. It would prevent you from getting into a situation you would not want to get into.

Know about contraceptive methods if you do not want to get pregnant. There are numerous options available and you can choose what suits best for you. A doctor can give the best guidance on the same.

Was this article helpful?

Yes No
×

Suggestions to Improve the Article

This article contains incorrect information.

This article does not have the information I am looking for.


I Have a Medical Question.

Ask A Doctor Now

If you are facing a medical emergency, call your local emergency services immediately, or visit the nearest ER or urgent care facility
×

Suggestions to Improve the Article

×

How Did This Article Help?

This Article Did Change My Life!


I Have a Medical Question.

Ask A Doctor Now

If you are facing a medical emergency, call your local emergency services immediately, or visit the nearest ER or urgent care facility
×

Thank you for your feedback.