Reproductive health experts get to the bottom—err, tip? Sputter, dribble, love snot… for a bodily fluid with a lot of nicknames, precum is cause for a lot of confusion and concern. Seriously, raise your hand if you've ever Googled or texted the sexpert of your friend group hey, every gang's got one! Rather than take it to the friend in your crew, look to these women's health experts and gynecologists to learn once and for all what the hell precum even is and whether or not you can get pregnant from it. It may resemble your favorite fancy facewash, but precum is actually a sticky fluid made of enzymes, protein, and mucus that's produced in the Cowper's gland, explains Michael Ingber, M. This gland, also known as the bulbourethral gland, is located in the urethra inside the penis FYI: the urethra is where pee and ejaculate come out of. When a person is aroused and close to climax, this gland releases pre-ejaculate, which the penis then spurts or sputters out, he explains. It may seem like NBD, but this stuff actually has a purpose: Precum ahem comes in handy for folks who are trying to get pregnant. Urine is pretty acidic, so if semen mixed with the urine "residue" in the urethra on its way into the uterus, it could alter the pH of the semen, and hinder its viability. Instead, precum slides through first, and neutralizes the acidic urine which may be left in the urethra, and therefore protects the sperm, explains Dr.
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Can you get pregnant from precum? It's one of life's great questions. And the answer is a complicated one. While ejaculate and precum, also known as pre-ejaculate, are both fluids that exit a man's penis somewhere in the throes of passion, they are not the same. They differ in source, function, and, most importantly, composition says Michael Witt, M. Its mission: wash any and all urine out of his urethra while providing some lubrication during sex, explains Edward Marut, M. Need more lubrication?
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Also, what is precum? Is it like a semen warning shot or does it contain sperm just like semen does? Since sex ed class most likely glossed over this curiosity, we dug through the research and spoke to sexual health experts to get you the answers.
Before men climax, they release a fluid known as pre-ejaculation, or pre-cum. Pre-cum comes out right before semen, which has live sperm that can lead to pregnancy. Read on to learn how and why. Pre-cum is a lubricant produced by a gland in the penis. In fact, a study found mobile sperm present in the pre-cum of nearly 17 percent of its male participants. Another study, published in , found mobile sperm in 37 percent of pre-cum samples given by 27 men. Peeing before you have sex may help flush out any leftover semen, reducing the chance sperm will appear in your pre-cum.