Can You Get Pregnant Once Semen Is Dry?


Asked by Cole

Can You Get Pregnant Once Semen Is Dry?

A few weeks ago my boyfriend masturbated and ejaculated on my stomach. We did not have intercourse and he did not touch my vagina (I was on my period). I was wearing pants so I know none of the semen came into contact with my vagina. Later that day when I was about to take a shower I touched my vagina without washing my hands. Is there any way sperm could have survived on my fingers even after the semen had been dry for at least an hour, and gotten me pregnant? I'm very worried. I'm only 16 and cannot afford to have an accidental pregnancy.


Hi Cole,

Once semen dries, the sperm are dead. You might want to check out this article on birth control methods to help you start to think about which method is the most appropriate for you. One advantage to the Pill and methods like it (Nuvaring) is the extremely low chance of pregnancy. It would be great if you could talk to one of your parents or another adult that you trust about using birth control effectively.


Jennifer L. Fee, Psy.D.

The Stress Masters

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