Technically it’s possible to get pregnant without having sex, even if you’re a virgin.
If you’re not planning on having a baby any time soon, it’s important to know what kind of sexual behaviour might put you at risk of getting knocked up. Basically, it’s possible to get pregnant if semen comes into contact with your vagina at any point.
Here we debunk a few common conception myths:
1. Opening a condom with your teeth
In the heat of the moment, rushing and using your teeth to get the dang thing open is a no-no. You can accidentally puncture the condom without realizing it.
2. Dry humping with your underwear on
Although rare, it is possible if the man’s semen leaks through the opening of his boxers or the woman’s underwear gets pushed to the side, allowing an opening for the sperm to reach the vagina.
3. You CAN get pregnant when you are already pregnant
This is strange (and uncommon) phenomenon is called superfetation. It occurs when you’re already pregnant and continue ovulating. The second fertilized egg implants in the lining of the womb, resulting in a second pregnancy.
4. Using oil based lubes with condoms
Oil-based lubes and condoms don’t mix. While many lubricants are completely safe to use with condoms, oil-based lubricants, like petroleum jelly, are not. These types of lubes can degrade the latex and create microscopic holes in the condom, increasing your chances of getting knocked up.
5. Fooling around in the tub without even having sex
You can get pregnant in the pool or bathtub, even without putting the tip in! Anytime you end up with semen or seminal fluid around the vulva, you can get guys up inside there. It’s not super likely, but it’s also not impossible.
6. Even if you take the pill regularly, you can still get pregnant
While it significantly decreases your chances of getting pregnant (over 99% in fact), it still isn’t 100% effective – even if you never miss a pill. Any contraceptive has a small failure rate associated with it.
7. Having sex while menstruating
It’s extremely unlikely to get pregnant during your period, since the hormonal environment isn’t suitable, and Aunt Flow is kind of a mood killer. But extremely unlikely isn’t impossible. Some women have conceived from having unprotected sex on their period, especially if it occurred near the end of their cycle.
8. You’ve had the same condom hanging out in your wallet forever.
Using a condom that hasn’t been properly stored might get you into a situation worse than bad sex. Extreme heat or cold can damage the latex used in condoms, so the best spot for stashing them is a cool, dark, dry place like in your nightstand or a small, hard case
9. Letting him take the rear entrance
A woman can get pregnant during anal sex. How can this be? During intercourse the semen doesn’t always end up just in the rear. Even if he is penetrating rectally, he can be depositing a little seminal fluid around the opening to the vagina. Let’s face it, the vagina and the rectum are very close territory.