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amg2012
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I know sperm dies if it is on the hands, once the semen starts to dry, but if she gave me a handjob and got a decent amount of semen on her hands, how long would it still be alive if there was a lot and still feels pretty wet?... I've read the articles and some say I would have to ejaculate directly on the vulva, and others say it's possible if there is a large blob on the fingers or hand to cause pregnancy...I'm just confused. I always wash my hands before touching her, but am afraid that she may have indirectly touched herself after giving me a handjob where I had a full ejaculation. I wish this didn't cause me so much stress:(
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Robin Lee
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Hi amg2012,

Do you know for certain that she touched her vulva right after she got ejaculate on her hands?

Basically, that's what would have had to happen in order for there to be a risk. IN other words, it would have had to be very intentional. You've read in the articles about all the different things that are required for sperm to survive and do their job (being fresh, being deposited directly onto the vulva, having the fluidity and other characteristics of the semen and vagina, etc).

If you're concerned about this in future, you can just give your girlfriend a tissue to wipe her hands off. Hand-washing is ideal for killing germs and bacteria, but a simple wipe with a tissue will clean off semen.

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No I am not sure she touched it right after...I guess I was more worried about it being on her hand for like a minute before she got something to wipe it off with...and that she accidentally touched herself down there...maybe I'm thinking about this too much because she accidentally took her nuvaring out one day early:(
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I can understand you being concerned. *gentle smile* I really think that you, and she, would know if she had touched her vulva. Plus, that kind of transfer is really not likely to cause a pregnancy just because it is such an interruption to all the things that need to be present in order for sperm to do their job.

Do you often find that you worry about this, or is it just because her nuva ring came out too soon this time?

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I guess it was because she took out her nuvaring a day early, my mind started to wander...she had a regular period, but the part that worries me is that we had these sexual activities the first night she got her period...and I guess I'm afraid she could've ovulated because of the early removal of the ring... [Frown] maybe I'm just over thinking this
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How is your girlfriend feeling about this? Is she concerned?

Nothing you've described here sets off alarm bells for risks, but if you are concerned you can talk to her and see how she feels about taking a pregnancy test.

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I haven't told her because the more I think about it, the more I realize I am probably over reacting, and am a bit embarrassed...she had underwear on so I guess indirect transfer would probably be unlikely ....I don't know why my mind wanders so much
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Here's all the info you need to find the answer to this for yourself: http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/28/t/007116.html

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thanks Rei, I've been reading up on all of those articles:) I was just wondering about a post Heather mentioned that sperm can live up to 20 minutes outside the testes? Why is this so? Does that mean it would have to be ejaculated and untouched?..because wouldn't that mean indirect transfer could cause pregnancy up to 20 minutes?..thanks for all the info...I'm just trying to understand all of this:)
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