Skip navigation! Story from Sex School. Cory Stieg. Try as you might to remember to take your birth control and use a condom or sexual barrier — semen happens. Having potential progeny near your reproductive organs can be straight-up scary when you're just cuddling or dry humping and not expecting it, but can you really get pregnant through layers of clothes?
I gave my boyfriend oral sex a few days ago, i think i might have has some semen on my hand, then i went home and masturbated. Fortunately, sperm have a very short half-life and do not do well under dessicated conditions i. While there are plenty of urban legends talking about becoming pregnant from dried semen, there is no truth to these kind of stories. Sperm can live for days in warm, moist conditions such as the vagina. However, once dried sperm will die within a matter of minutes.
Sperm needs to come into contact with the vagina for pregnancy to occur. Fingering is very unlikely to introduce sperm to the vagina and cause pregnancy, but it can happen. Fingering can only cause pregnancy if a person's fingers are covered in preejaculate or ejaculate when they insert them into the vagina.
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. The length of time they stay alive has a lot to do with environmental factors and how fast they dry up. If you ovulate shortly after you finish your period, the sperm may still be alive and can fertilize the egg.