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buttercookies
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Hey there im here to ask wether or not a pregnancy risk exists. If a person were to ejaculate on a blanket, and approximately 12 hours later, will this ejaculate still have the possibility of causing pregnancy if it were to come into contact with a vulva with a layer of underwear on?

Thanks in advance - Being new to the forum if i have broken any pre-existing rules with this post, ill amend the mistakes and sorry in advance.

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Welcome to the boards, buttercookies. [Smile]

Once ejaculate is on a blanket, not directly unto someone's genitals who can become pregnant, it doesn't have the capacity to create a pregnancy regardless.

But based on what we know, sperm cells may be able to survive outside the body in an environment like that for around 20-30 minutes.

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Miss Heather this advice relieves me of much worry. I have been lurking around this site and it has helped me countless times. A thousand thanks for your advice and keep up the awesome sex ed!
PS: The reply was extremely fast, glad to see an efficient community dedicated to helping others!

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Oh, you're so welcome. [Smile]

And yep: we try and answer everyone's questions and concerns as quickly as we can: we know waiting when you're freaked out stinks. [Smile]

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so just to clarify, the reason that it is unable to create pregnancies anymore is because of the inhospitable environments outside of a testes or vagina?

thanks in advance

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Basically, yes: when semen are hanging out on a blanket, they're just not capable anymore of making it to anyhwere they could create a pregnancy. The ejaculatory fluid they need to move around in is just too compromise for them to get anywhere.

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okay thanks for the information! [Big Grin] its much appreciated.
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