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Member # 75601
posted 08-22-2011 02:21 AM
Functionally I understand the difference: pre-ejaculatory fluid is designed to act as a lubricant and to provide a safer environment within the vagina, while semen is designed to contain sperm and to keep the sperm away from the acidity of the vagina and the rest of the human body. However, what I don't understand is their different relationships with pregnancy. Everyone says the easiest way to become pregnant is through direct semen-to-vulva contact. What about if pre-ejaculate touches the vulva but not near or in the vaginal opening? Is that a pregnancy risk? Also, which is there more of: semen, or pre-ejaculate? And what are they each made up of?
Sorry for asking so many questions!! Thank you for your time
Member # 3
posted 08-22-2011 09:20 AM
Either of these fluids can potentially co-create a pregnancy and transmit STIs. Really, when it comes to making sexual choices, THAT is what is important to know. So, if either of these fluids come into contact with any part of the vulva, especially in or around the vaginal opening or anus (in other words, not on the mons, where public hair is), those things are possible.
With STIs, it's pretty much the same level of risk. With pregnancy, it is likely a much lower risk, because while semen almost always contains sperm, and more than enough to create a pregnancy, pre-ejaculate does not itself contain sperm cells. However, what it can do is carry trace amounts of sperm, sometimes not enough (or with cells that aren't motile) to create a pregnancy, at other times, potentially enough. The chemical composition of these fluids is very similar, and pre-ejaculate is usually considerably smaller in volume.
Member # 75601
posted 08-25-2011 12:17 AM
Thanks! I have another question. If there aren't a lot of sperm in pre-ejaculate, and if a lot sperm need to be inserted directly into the vagina in order for there to be pregnancy, is my risk minimal? Worst case scenario, a little pre-ejaculate touched my mons/clitoral area, nowhere near the vaginal opening, and even then I'm not sure if any pre-ejaculate touched my vulva at all.
Member # 36725
posted 08-25-2011 12:23 PM
If none touched your vulva - on;y the mons there's not a risk. Honestly here though, you trying to remember exactly where (for instance saying you don't think so, and thus going to worst case) it's likely you're worrying yourself.