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Surf Chicklet
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Someone told me that it is impossible to get pregnant when you are not doing anything of a sexual manner..is this a good 'rule' to go by?

Also, would sperm wash off in ocean (salt) water? If i touched someones hand in the ocean and then touched myself..maybe 2 minutes later..is there a risk? Im not sure if there was even sperm on this persons hand..normally there wouldnt be right?
Thank you so much.


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You may wish to read our article Where DID I Come From? Human Reproduction. The risk you describe is very slight. Sperm can live outside the body for about 20 minutes and, yes, the salt water should wash it away from a hand.

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Surf Chicklet
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Slight?? This really, really, really scares me. Oh wow. It was just my cousin, and he asked my to hold his sunglasses for him while we were in the water. And then I adjusted the crotch of my bathing suit. And I could get pregnant? I didnt think..oh wow.
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Well, unless your cousin was masturbating in the sea or something to that effect, there wouldn't even be sperm on his hand to begin with.

As Bobolink said, the risk you describe is almost minute. But then again, your post doesn't really say what your cousin was doing when you touched his hand.


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He wasnt doing anything...We walked down the beach and went in the water..He didnt stick his hand dow his pants or anything
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Then chances are there would not be sperm on his hand which would mean that you are quite safe.
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Surf Chicklet
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so, in this case, i do not have a risk?

Also, if something is not done in a sexual manner is it safe to assume that there is no pregnancy risk associated?

Thank you so much, your help is greatly appreciated.


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No, there is no risk of pregnancy in the case you have described.

SurfChicklet, you might want to keep this page bookmarked to soothe your concerns, and give it a good readthrough if you haven't yet:

What's The Risk? - Five Easy Pregnancy Risk Assessment Flow Charts

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Surf Chicklet
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(is it okay to reply to this thread still? I hope so..)

I was reading this over again and I was wondering, is it 'normal' to even think of these things, (pregnancy risks), over and over? I know usually, no, because I'm seeing someone for this compulsive habit, but..in this case was it okay to worry about it?

Also, if we were doing nothing but walking down the beach before we went into the water, theres no way there could be sperm on his hand without my knowledge right?


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I think it's safe to say, Chicklet, that this level of constant worry -- and with this instance -- is due to your OCD, and not a sort of worry someone without an OCD would be having once they knew how reproduction worked, which I know that you do.

Not a criticism -- you have a disorder, and that's just how it goes -- just an honest answer. And again, the answer is no, you've nothing to worry about, but us saying that is only of so much help because your compulsion with this seems to override logic, which is often the case with OCD.


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