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What Is Precum?

Published: April 10, 2011
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Me and my boyfriend are having sex. I'm 15, he is 17. Neither of our parents know that were doing it. I talked to my mom about birth control without actually telling her that we're having sex. She said she'd put me on it. What i'm asking is: what is precum? When does it happen? Does it always happen? Because me and my boyfriend don't always use a condom...
Signed: What Is Precum?

Dear What Is Precum?,

 

Pre-cum is a slang term for pre-ejaculatory fluid. Pre-ejaculatory fluid is the liquid that oozes out of the penis during sexual excitement before ejaculation occurs. Pre-ejaculatory fluids can contain sperm which can cause pregnancy and men are generally not aware of exactly when they are emitting these fluids – so it is definitely possible to become pregnant when having unprotected sex, even if ejaculation does not occur. That is one of many reasons why the withdrawal method is not recommended and that it is recommended that condoms be used from the very start of intercourse rather than being put on just before ejaculation.

TeenHealthFX is glad that you raised the issue of birth control with your mom and that you are writing in to us with your question because we think it is VERY important that you NOT continue to have unprotected sex. Having sex without a condom puts you at risk for transmitting STDs and, if you are not on any other kind of birth control (such as the pill), you are definitely at risk for getting pregnant.  

Doctors generally recommend that teens who choose to be sexually active use condoms each and every time they have sex, as well as a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot. FX thinks it is a very good idea for your mom to take you to your primary care physician, a gynecologist, or an adolescent medicine specialist so you can discuss the best kinds of birth control methods for you. Until you speak to a doctor, either refrain from having sex or at the very least PLEASE use a condom.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

 

There are many considerations when it comes to sexual readiness including protecting yourself against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs, as well as issues related to emotional readiness. FX recommends that you think about whether are truly ready to be continuing in a sexual relationship with your boyfriend on all of these levels. To read more about this, read our answer to Thinking Of Having Sex – What Do I Need To Know?

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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