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Curious if you can get pregnant if you have sex underwater? While on your period? If you jump up and down right after? The answer is usually: YES (if you're having unprotected sex then it's definitely yes...it it's protected, you're a bit safer but there are still risks). Check out this week's Ask Us Anything where we answer all your best "Can I Get Pregnant If..." questions!

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Can I Get Pregnant If...

Curious if you can get pregnant if you have sex underwater? While on your period? If you jump up and down right after? This week we're answering all of your "Can I Get Pregnant If...?" questions.

Do illegal substances such as marijuana or alcohol make you less like to get pregnant or slow his sperm?

Being drunk or high when you have sex has nothing to do with the chances of getting pregnant. Any time that you have sex (especially if it’s unprotected), there’s a risk of pregnancy—it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re sober! Since being drunk or high probably makes you or your partner less likely to remember to use that condom or take that birth control pill, it may actually increase the chance of a pregnancy. That’s why it’s so important to plan your birth control ahead of time.

The IUD, the implant, and the shot are hormonal birth control methods that you get and basically forget about while they keep working to protect you from getting pregnant. Condoms are the only birth control method that protect against STIs as well as pregnancy, so make sure you use one every single time (even if you’re already using a hormonal method). Our Birth Control Explorer has information about all of the birth control options available to you.

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Can I get pregnant If he only put the tip in for 5 seconds then took it out and didn't ejaculate?

Anytime you have sex (especially if it’s unprotected), there’s a chance of pregnancy. Even if he pulls out quickly, there is still a chance. A lot of guys don’t know their body well enough (or don’t have the self-control) to pull-out before they ejaculate, making withdrawal—sometimes called the “pull-out” method—a risky way to prevent pregnancy. Plus, sometimes guys have pre-cum (a.k.a. pre-ejaculate), which is a clear fluid that comes of the penis before ejaculation. Pre-cum may have sperm in it, meaning it could put you at risk for pregnancy.

Although the situation you described sounds unlikely to result in a pregnancy, you may want to check in with a health care provider and get tested for STIs and pregnancy. Better safe than sorry, right? Plus, they can help you be better prepared for next time by helping you find a birth control method that works for you. There’s a ton of birth control methods out there, so check out our Birth Control Explorer to learn more. (Hint: It’s a good idea to double up with a hormonal birth control method plus condoms, so you’re protected against STIs too.) Need help finding a health center? We’ve got you covered—just enter your ZIP code in our Clinic Locator.

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Can a girls body be hurt or become water logged if you have sex submerged in water? Does it become unsafe if there are lots of oils and bath salts in the water?

Having sex underwater can be uncomfortable for some women. First, the water can wash away the natural lubrication that your body produces, which can lead to irritation and discomfort during sex. If you’re using oils and bath salts, that can also irritate some vaginas and may even cause painful UTIs or yeast infections. If sex starts to hurt, you should stop what you’re doing and take a break or try something else. If the pain or irritation continues (or if you often experience pain during sex), you may want to see a health care provider.

BTW, keep in mind that even if you’re having sex underwater, you can still get pregnant (especially if you’re not using birth control). Despite the myths, the heat or chlorine in a hot tub or a pool will not kill sperm or make it more difficult for sperm to swim. There are a ton of birth control methods out there, so check out our Birth Control Explorer to find your perfect fit!

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Can you get pregnant through jeans?

No. Since sperm cannot swim through clothing, getting pregnant while clothed (and that, of course, means while wearing clothing that prevents penetration like jeans) would be very unlikely. Sperm exposed to air lose their ability to swim and can only live a few hours or less. Wearing or touching clothes with dry semen cannot lead to pregnancy.

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Can I get pregnant while on the depo shot?

The shot (a.k.a. Depo Provera or the depo shot) is pretty effective—about 94% for most people. For the shot to be most effective, you have to stay on top of getting your shot on time every three months. Getting your shot late increases your chances of getting pregnant, even if your periods haven’t returned to normal. Of course, the only 100% effective method is abstinence.

It’s a good idea to use a condom along with the shot. Condoms offer STI protection (and extra pregnancy prevention), so using them with hormonal birth control really covers all the bases!

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Can you get pregnant if you pee after?

Peeing after sex definitely won’t prevent pregnancy. Once the sperm is in your vagina, peeing (or douching or taking a bath) won’t help get it out. While it’s good to pee after sex because that can help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), it will not take the place of birth control.

That’s why it’s super important that you use protection every time you have sex, whether it’s a hormonal method, like the pill, IUD, or a condom. You can also use both a hormonal method and a condom for double protection. Plus, condoms are the only method of birth control that protect against STIs.

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Can I get pregnant from pre-cum?

It’s possible. Pre-cum (a.k.a. pre-ejaculate), is a clear fluid that comes of the penis before ejaculation. While it has less than regular ejaculate, pre-cum may have sperm in it—meaning it could put you at risk for pregnancy. And if you’re not using a condom, you’re also at risk for STIs.

Better safe than sorry, so be prepared ahead of time with birth control. Use our Birth Control Explorer to learn more about all the methods available to you. It’s a great idea to use a super effective method like the IUD or  implant along with condoms, so you’re protected against pregnancy and STIs.

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