Can You Still Conceive If Sperm Leaks Out After Having Sex?




Human sperm cells


If you have been trying to conceive for some time, you most likely suffer from mild paranoia as well and double-guess everything. Such as being worried when you notice that your partner’s sperm leaks out of you when you stand up after having sex and you desperately hope that this does not negatively affect your chances of conceiving.

The good news is that that leakage, or even going to the bathroom right after sex, does not dampen your chances at all. In fact, Planned Parenthood explains that once the sperm has entered your body, there is virtually nothing that you can do to try and get the sperm out again. Those spermies are there to stay!

You can still certainly become pregnant, even if it feels like ‘everything’ is coming out afterwards. This is because the strongest and fastest sperm will have stayed behind, as they will be well on their way to fertilize the egg by the time you stand up or go to the bathroom after having sex.  Do not be disheartened; keep in mind that you only need one very strong and quick sperm to fertilize your egg. This means that even if most of the sperm does leak out of you, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of sperm still swimming around inside you.

If you are still worried, there are steps that you can take that will help as much sperm as possible stay in your body. Such tips include:

  • After sex, place a couple of pillows under your hips to elevate them. This technique utilizes gravity to help those little swimmers swim faster to reach the egg. If the egg is ready and waiting, then fertilization is bound to occur.
  • Snuggle with your partner for a few minutes after sex. According to WebMD lying in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, or before going to the bathroom, can help provide ample time for the sperm to reach the cervix.
  • If you know that you are in your fertile phase and are ovulating, or at least close to ovulating, then do try to have intercourse as much as possible.
  • There are certain positions that you can try that may be more beneficial to couples trying to conceive, such as missionary or rear-entry. These positions help to ensure that the sperm is deposited as close to the egg as possible so that it does not have too far to swim.

Just remember, only one good sperm is needed, so it is perfectly OK if some leak out after having sex. Try to relax and enjoy this special time with your partner.



  • UpNorthDonor

    It’s mostly seminal fluid along with some cervical mucus that comes out (so tends to happen when cervical plug breaks down ie just before ovulation) so yes most sperm/swimmers get left behind against the cervix :)

  • hardwork

    My husband and i are trying for a baby. There is an age difference between us. He has been tested and everything is still good with his semen…even though the concerntration has thinned into water like, and very little is produced now. we have tried knees to chest, lying flat, pillows under me, and we have even fallen asleep through a whole night after intercourse and still the semen litteraly pours out of me.
    Is any at all staying inside me?
    How can i keep all of the semen in?

  • Vickie B.

    If the doctors say his sperm is healthy, the consistency of the semen really isn’t an issue. While not fda approved for this purpose, you can use Instead Softcup (search amazon for it) to put the semen in and then insert it to is stays up against your cervix. It can be pretty messy to get it in place, but it does the job.

  • hotlips

    Me n my boyfriend just had sex last night and he come in side but the sperm came out when I went to the bathroom

  • Vickie B.

    There is a good chance that not all the sperm leaked out. It only takes one good swimmer to fertilize the egg.

  • toya

    I had a son and I’m trying to get pregnant with my new boyfriend but it’s not working

  • Vickie B.

    How long have you been trying to get pregnant?

  • AngelLove

    My husband and I have been trying for a baby since October there are times that alot of semen comes out no joke it’s alot and although rare times where nothing comes out. But I’m still not prego. Are we doing something wrong?

  • Jags

    “If you know that you are in your fertile phase and are ovulating, or at least close to ovulating, then do try to have intercourse as much as possible.”
    NO. WRONG. Once a day at the most, or every other day. Having sex more than once a day will not help. In fact, it could hurt your chances. You are completely depleting his sperm, so if you have sex too soon after the last time, he won’t have much sperm to give. It takes time for his semen and sperm to replenish.

  • Jags

    The stuff that is coming out of you is just semen and the crappy sperm.
    It can take a perfectly healthy couple up to a year to get pregnant. Are you tracking your BBT or using OPKs?

  • Opagasty

    I am 26 yes my husband av married fr 3yrs now an no pregnancy

  • Vickie B.

    If you have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and are consistently having sex around ovulation, then you should probably go and see a fertility doctor to find out what is going on.

  • hira

    My husbands semin drips out during intercorse. It seems like all the semin leaked out on bed and me and nothings left behind into my vagina . Semin keeps dripping out of me tge whole day. Is it semin or its my vaginal discharge that drips out during sex?

  • Vickie B.

    Probably both. If the sperm are healthy, they should be able to swim up through your reproductive system even though some is coming back out.

  • Vickie B.

    Probably both. If the sperm are healthy, they should be able to swim up through your reproductive system even though some is coming back out.

  • EBY

    Me and my men friend had sex 3days now but for that 3days the sperm came out after 2-3 hrs of having sex,

  • Vickie B.

    You still have the chance of getting pregnant.

  • nangilena

    I had a sex last night and I’m feeling very week I’m running a temperature my money keeps on leaking why it is happening?

  • nangilena

    I don’t want to be pregnant I had sex last night what should I do?

  • Vickie B.

    If you are running a fever, you probably should see your doctor of you don’t start feeling better soon.

  • Desperately trying

    Me and my bf have been ttc for a little over a year now. I had my daughter when I was 28yrs old now I’m 34 and would love to have another child. I have a 28-30 day cycle and my fertile window is supposed to be 21-26 February. We had sex on the 21, 22 and again on 24 February. I lay down for only five minutes after he ejaculated then a few hours after, when I inserted my finger I got ewcm. This only lasted for about an hour, then it was back to watery milky cm again. Could I have ovulated? Could it be possible for me to get pregnant? So confused

  • Nervous nelly

    My mother and sister have “tilted utruses” I’m not sure if I do, but if I do is there anything different I should be doing to help get pregnant? My mom and sis both had kids in their 20’s, I’m 31 and know still young but alread have few health problems (not related) that I know of. But I’m so worried I’m not going to fall.

  • Vickie B.

    As you had unprotected sex during your fertile window, you definitely have a chance of being pregnant. You should be able to test now to see if you are pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    It shouldn’t cause a problem. But you might want to have your gyno check it out for you just so you know what you are dealing with. This article talks about getting pregnant with a tilted uterus.

  • karen

    My bf and I had sex during my fertile days and 2 days after i ovulated but the first time he cum inside it came out the second time it didn’t and this 3rd time it felt like everything came out. Is there a chance I can still get pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    If you had unprotected sex before you ovulated, and that is when he ejaculated, then the chance of you getting pregnant is there.

  • Katie Holloway

    Me and my husband had sex about a little over a week ago and he came inside but when I got up to pee nothing came out. I’ve had sudden throwing up and fatigue the past few days. If nothing came out could I have gotton pregnant?

  • Katie Holloway

    Me and my husband had sex about a little over a week ago and he came inside but when I got up to pee nothing came out. I’ve had sudden throwing up and fatigue the past few days. If nothing came out could I have gotton pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    If you had unprotected sex around ovulation, you have a chance of getting pregnant.

  • Shanty

    Hi. Last year until this year January my mens cycle is usually 28-29 days. Then February it changed (probably bcoz I was stressed then). It was abt 31. My last cycle was March 13. My fiance came inside me (spoon position) and I stayed in bed for abt 5 mins and went to the cr. I had a bit of a cough and I felt some liquid spilling. Now with this, do I have the chance to get pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    It is still possible even if some of the sperm leaked out.

  • Fatema

    My husband and i have been married for four years, and we have just decided to have a baby, but i feel like all the sperm comes out! Even when i tried to not move at all and sleep, the next morning it STILL came out! should I be worried? and how soon can i find out that i’m pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    It isn’t anything you should be worried about. The sperm is still able to swim even if you think it is all leaking out. You can normally test a day or two before your period is due and get accurate results.

  • dakota

    Me and my boyfriend have been trying for two months now and still nothing and i have been on the depo shot before but been off it for awhile can someone help

  • Yasmeen

    hi me and my husband trying first time after 4yrs marriage i want to get pregnant but i am over weight and every time we do sex all sperm or may be some sperm came out after that. I wanted to knw if i lay down at the right hand side is there any problem or its gud…

  • Vickie B.

    Is this the first time you have let the sperm stay put after having sex? Semen liquefaction does happen with time so it really isn’t anything to worry about. As for finding out when you are ovulating when you have an irregular cycle, you would benefit from basal body temperature charting or use ovulation tests to pinpoint when you are ovulating.

  • Vickie B.

    Two months isn’t a long time for trying to get pregnant really. Do you have a regular period now?

  • Vickie B.

    It’s fine and typical.

  • Jas

    So me and my husband had sex on CD 10, I’m two dpo and my breast are tender and somewhat painful to lay on. I’m kinda worried because the only time they ever hurt is when I’m pregnant but my period is like 12p days awayaway. This may seem crazy but I know my body. Should I do I have anything to worry about?

  • Rae

    Hi. My fiancé & I have been trying to get pregnant for almost 3 years now and nothing seems to be working. He has a child in a previous relationship, but we went to the doctor and he said his sperm count is low, oddly. So he’s taking medication to help that, but now every time we have intercourse the sperm leaks out of me. Has anyone had this problem or knows if the medication actually works?

  • Vickie B.

    If you had unprotected sex on cycle day 10, there is a chance there was viable sperm waiting for the egg when you ovulated. I’d wait two days and take a pregnancy test to see if you did get pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    You need for him to get tested again after taking the medication to see if the sperm count has gone up. Sperm leaking out doesn’t mean that no sperm got to where it needs to be. It really depends on what his sperm count is. If you are concerned, you can always stay laying down with your hips up on a pillow after having sex to help the sperm pool against your cervix.

  • elzet

    Hi Vickie b.I’m 25 I went for a ghd on the 30th march and I’m clean and had intercourse since then i have been taking pregnancy test but negative every time is it to soon for me to take a home pregnancy test and what is my chances of being pregnant please help hope to hear from you thanks

  • Vickie B.

    When is your period due to arrive? You could be testing too early. Testing a day or two before your period is due will give you more accurate results.

  • Liza

    Me and my fiance have been trying to Have a baby for the past 2 years Now.and nothing has happened lately after we have sex about a hour or 1hour&1/2 later I get lower abdomen pains is this normal? Or what should I do? Please help

  • Vickie B.

    I don’t know what could be causing the pain. You might want to discuss this with your doctor.

  • MzMae

    My bf usually comes in me first time then after that on my body somewhere. I usually get sick to my stomach afterwards (which is one way i know he did cum). Another way is that it usually leaks out. Well… The last time we had sex i felt him go soft inside of me Tmi but i was really wet but didnt smell any cum(which i usually do). My question is that because i felt him go soft inside me did he cum ? And why didnt it leak back out if he did?

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for you :( You will have to pay attention to other encounters and see if it is the same.

  • nath

    I am 23 yrs my husband and i av married fr 7months now and we are trying to get pregnancy.but after having sex and intercourse all the spams came out.. and after 2 days i got period..why it happen and what is the reason that i got period after intercourse

  • nath

    I am 23 yrs my husband and i av married fr 7months now and we are trying
    to get pregnancy.but after having sex and intercourse all the spams
    came out.. and after 2 days i got period..why it happen and what is the
    reason that i got period after intercourse

  • Vickie B.

    Well, you got your period due to the fact that you ovulated earlier in the month (about 14 days before your period started) The sperm had nothing to do with you starting. As for the sperm coming out, it isn’t a big deal. It may look like it “all” came out but it didn’t. If you are trying to get pregnant you need to have sex around the time you are ovulating.

  • Chelle

    Where trying to get pregnant but after the miscarriage in December I can’t get pregnant for the life of me!!! Why is that?????

  • britany

    Hi I’m 25 and I’m trying to get pregnant my husband and I had sex last night. Some did come out not alot and today I’m ovulating. My question is did m y egg release today. I’ve had a headache all day and I’m dizzy.. I have egg white mucus that’s very clear and streachy..

  • Jenn

    My boyfriend and I had sex early last week, he pulled out, but this morning I had light pink spot on the toilet tissue after peeing. I checked the calendar and I could have been ovulating at the time we had sex. Could this pink discharge been from implantation?

  • Vickie B.

    Is your period back to normal? You could try an overall fertility enhancer like FertilAid to optimize your reproductive system, homonally speaking.

  • Vickie B.

    There is no way to tell when your egg actually released unless you are charting your basal temperature or have a doctor monitoring you. The symptoms you are having can be hormone related which would indicate that ovulation is near or has happened.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s possible but it could also be from other issues as well. No way to really tell.

  • Kiana Rios

    Me and my wife had sex today she is 33% fertil an is ovulating is it a chance she will be pregnant

  • AC

    If he came, it’ll leak out refused less. There has been a few times that my boyfriend hasn’t been able to go, and all the times he wasn’t able, I didn’t leak either like I wouldn’t normally do if he had went !

  • Vickie B.

    I’m not sure how you know she is 33% fertile but if she was due ovulated soon (within the next couple of days) then you have a chance that she could get pregnant.

  • Jackie

    I think I’m infertile….

  • Vickie B.

    If you want to get pregnant and you think this is the case, you might want to visit your doctor to get a fertility checkup to see if that is actually the case.

  • jasmine

    Hi Vicki we have beautiful 20 month old son and wld love another one my cycle is every 28 days had cycle on the 12 of may and finished on 20th we had sex last night this morning and the whole day a had strong period pain I’m guessing I was ovulating so we had sex again tonight once we were done 5 mins later my little one woke up for breast feed would there be a chance I can get pregnant and asking coz off the gravity

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