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letssea717
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Hi,
I have had a constant worry about getting pregnant from pre-cum, or just genital to genital contact. I understand the risk of pregnancy from this is very low. I have been avoiding genital to genital contact, which can be hard, because it means eliminating activities like making out naked, making out in the shower, just lying naked together... I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to solve this. I was thinking of just using the TodaySponge for any type of genital to genital contact that is NOT intercourse. (For vaginal intercourse I just use condoms, but I could definitely use it in conjuction with the TodaySponge).
Is this a sound plan?

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Heather
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I'm feeling a little confused about what you're asking.

You engage in intercourse and use condoms for that activity: do you feel safe enough that way?

If so, you can just do the same thing with other genital contact, especially since other genital contact is much lower risk.

Too, you do not have to worry about pregnancy from things like standing in the same shower, making out while dressed, or lying naked together. If you two are not rubbing your genitals together directly, those things do not pose any risks of pregnancy.

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Yes, I feel comfortable just using condoms for intercourse.
I mean, I understand that standing in the same shower or lying naked next to a male significant other would not pose a pregnancy risk, but usually those kinds of scenarios lead to making out, which almost inevitably involves genital contact. It seems very non-spontaneous/ I would feel awkward about having to stop some potentially steamy activity in order to say, "Oh, can you put a condom on now?", especially if those activities don't always lead to sex. But maybe this is my problem for not feeling comfortable doing this, or his problem if he doesn't understand why I would want him to. Also, even if I'm not making out in those cases, our genitals are bound to bump into each other by accident. I have also considered just giving up the struggle and taking the risk that these activities pose, considering they are very small. But considering I have a history of anxiety about getting pregnant, maybe this isn't the best option...

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