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Pregnancy without intercourse

03/04/1999

Question:

A girlfriend in college got pregnant but insisted she never had intercourse. Is it possible to get pregnant without penetration and how long does sperm live outside of the body.

Answer:

There have been circumstances where women have become pregnant without penile-vaginal intercourse and, we presume, it is due to the introduction of sperm from a finger or another object. Be aware, this is rare but it has happened.

Sperm can fertlize an egg 48-72 hours after ejaculation, but that is while sperm is in an optimal environment. Sperm can survive several hours outside the body when not being preserved (i.e. sperm banks).

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Response by:

Arthur T Ollendorff, MD Arthur T Ollendorff, MD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati