Can You Get Pregnant From Fingering?

I’ve never had sex but my boyfriend fingers me. Can you get pregnant from fingering?
– Sofia*

Is pregnancy possible?

Fingering alone cannot lead to pregnancy. Sperm must make contact with your vagina for pregnancy to be a possibility. Typical fingering does not introduce sperm into the vagina.

However, it is possible to become pregnant as a result of fingering in certain situations. For example, you can get pregnant if your partner’s or your partner’s fingers have pre-ejaculated or ejaculated on them and you have fingers or toes.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid pregnancy, options for emergency contraception, and more.

What if my partner touches me after masturbating?

Pregnancy is only possible when semen enters the vagina. One way this can happen is if your partner masturbates and then uses the same hand or hands to touch him.

If your partner washes their hands between the two acts, the risk of pregnancy is low.

Their risk is slightly higher if they don’t wash or just rub their hands on a shirt or towel.

While pregnancy is unlikely in general, it’s not impossible.

What if I dedicate myself after giving my partner a hand job?

You can transfer sperm into the vagina by touching yourself with a hand that pre-ejaculates or ejaculates in it.

The same rule for your partner also applies here: if you wash your hands between the two acts, your risk will be lower than if you didn’t wash or if you just wipe your hands on a cloth.

Pregnancy is unlikely, but not impossible, in this situation.

What if my partner ejaculates before touching me?

As long as the ejaculate is not inside your body or in your vagina, you cannot get pregnant. Ejaculating on the outside of your body does not pose a risk of pregnancy.

But if your partner ejaculates near your vagina and then touches you, he may push some of the semen into your vagina. If this happens, pregnancy is possible.

When will I know if I’m pregnant?

The signs and symptoms of pregnancy do not appear overnight. In fact, you may not begin to experience early signs or symptoms of pregnancy for several weeks after your pregnancy.

Early signs of pregnancy include:

  • Breast Pain (Mastalgia)
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • mood swings
  • bleeding
  • cramps
  • nausea
  • food aversions or cravings

These are also many of the same signs and symptoms as premenstrual syndrome or your period. It can be hard to know what you’re experiencing until your period – or until it doesn’t.

Options for emergency contraception

The chances of getting pregnant from being fingered are slim, but they can happen. If you’re worried about getting pregnant, you have a few options.

Emergency contraception (EC) can be taken up to five days after sex to prevent pregnancy.

The EC hormonal pill is most effective in the first 72 hours. You can buy it over the counter or ask your doctor for a prescription. Depending on your insurance plan, a prescription may allow you to obtain the drug at little or no cost.

A copper intrauterine device (IUD) can also be used as an EC. It is over 99% effective if put into practice within five days of exposure to sex or semen.

Your physician must place this device so timely consultation is required. Once installed, the IUD protects against pregnancy for up to 10 years.

If you are insured, you can have an IUD inserted at little or no cost. Your doctor’s office will confirm your upfront cost with your insurance provider prior to your appointment.

When to take a pregnancy test

If you think you might be pregnant, take a home pregnancy test.

You should wait to take this test until you miss at least one day of your period. The test may be more accurate a week after the period you missed.

If you don’t have regular periods, get tested three weeks after the last time you had penetrating sex or came into contact with semen.

You should see your doctor to confirm the results of your home pregnancy test. They may use a blood test, urine test, or both to confirm their results.

Whatever the outcome, your doctor will be able to advise you on the next steps. This may include options for family planning or birth control.

The Bottom Line

While your risk of pregnancy is low, it’s not impossible.

If you are worried, you may find that EC helps to put your mind at ease. EC is most effective within three to five days of possible fertilization.

If you’re not sure what to do, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. They can answer any questions you have and advise you on what to do next.

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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