[Question #3277] Fears around Pregnancy

40 months ago

I must preface this question by saying that I have OCD. With that being said, I am currently in therapy receiving treatment, but I believe that information from a sexual health expert may help with one of my symptoms. I have fears related to pregnancy when I masturbate and have erections. I fear that when I either masturbate or have an erection, the semen or pre-ejaculate could cause a female to become pregnant. A typical scenario is as follows: I am at home and I masturbate or have an erection, thereby emitting semen or pre-ejaculate. I get some of the semen or pre-ejaculate onto my hand. I wash my hands, but I either do not wash well enough, or somehow transfer the semen or pre-ejaculate to another object and then back to my hands (for example, the faucet handles when I turn them on and off). Either way, the result is that I still have wet semen or pre-ejaculate on my hands. I then immediately leave the house and go someplace where there are lots of people. I touch an object such as a door handle, transferring the semen or pre-ejaculate onto it. Or I reach into my pocket to get some money and my hand contacts some of the residual wet semen or pre-ejaculate that has soaked into my underwear and pants from masturbating or having an erection at home. Again, both of these scenarios result in wet semen or pre-ejaculate being transferred to objects like the door handle or the money. Next, a female touches the door handle, or is the recipient of the money (for example, I’m buying something at a store). The wet semen or pre-ejaculate is now transferred to the female’s hand. The female then goes to use the washroom, or reaches into her pocket to get something, or goes home and masturbates. It doesn’t matter exactly how it happens. The result is that the semen or pre-ejaculate has been transferred to or near her reproductive area. Is it possible for pregnancy to occur in the ways described above?

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
40 months ago
Welcome to our Forum and let me express my sympathy for you in your struggle with OCD.  We deal with many clients who deal with similar problems but focus on infectious diseases transmitted through sex.  .  None of us on this site are fertility experts but we regularly deal with questions relating to the transfer of genital secretions from person to person on someone's hands or on inanimate objects.  Thus for a more detailed response than I might provide, I would suggest asking an obstetrician.

Having said that, I am confident that there is no meaningful risk for making someone pregnant through e sort of activities that you describe.  The contents of genital secretions rapidly loose their viability outside of the body as room temperature and drying reduce viability.  In addition spermatozoa would adhere to the fibers of any material they might contact during the activities you describe.  Finally, with each mechanical transfer of material from one place to another the number of spermatozoa transferred would be reduced to a point at which there would be too few cells present to make pregnancy likely. Finally with the sorts of transfers you describe, your genital.secretions would still get nowhere near the uterine cervix which is where material would need to be to make a person pregnancy.  I have certainly never heard of anyone getting pregnant in the way you suggest.

Thus to summarize, I can think of no reason to worry that the sort of transfer of genital secretions that you describe would have any realistic chance of making a person pregnant.  This is not something I would worry about in the least, even with OCD. 

This also expends any meaningful comments I might have on this subject so there will be no follow-up responses.  I wish you the best.  EWH
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