If you have been trying to conceive for a while, you most likely suffer from a mild paranoia. It is common to worry when you notice that your partner’s sperm leaks out of you after having intercourse. If all the sperm is leaking out, won’t that negatively affect your chances of conceiving?
The good news is that that semen leakage does not dampen your chances of getting pregnant at all. In fact, Planned Parenthood explains that once the sperm has entered your body, there is virtually nothing that you can do to get the sperm out again. Those spermies are there to stay!
Semen and Sperm – Related But Not The Same
When your partner ejaculates in you, the semen is a combination of sperm (only about 2-5% of the total volume) and other liquids from your partner’s reproductive system which help energize and keep the sperm safe from the sometimes harsh vaginal environment.
The Difference Between Sperm and Semen
After ejaculation, the original thickness of the semen will transform from a gel like consistency to a more liquid form within about 20 minutes. This liquefaction helps the sperm cells to swim more freely through the cervical mucus and towards the egg.
The leakage of the semen after sex occurs in everyone and is not a sign that the sperm are “falling out”. By the time you notice the back flow of semen, the sperm, contained in the semen, have had plenty of time to travel through the cervical opening and are on their way to your egg.
So, Pregnancy Is Still Possible?
You can still certainly become pregnant, even if it feels like ‘everything’ is coming out afterwards. The strongest and fastest sperm will have stayed behind and be well on their way to fertilize your egg by the time you stand up or go to the bathroom after having sex. While it is worrisome, you only need one very strong and quick sperm to fertilize your egg. For a man with normal sperm count, each ejaculation has at least 20 million sperm in it! This means that even if most of the sperm does leak out of you, there will still be a large number of sperm still swimming around inside you. Trying to get pregnant causes a lot of stress and concern. You should remove sperm leakage from your list of worries. It really isn’t something to worry about.
Steps to Take To Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
You still might be worried. If you are, there are steps that you can take that will help as much sperm as possible stay in your body. Such tips include:
- After intercourse, 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 cervix and move into the uterus and fallopian tubes. If the egg is ready and waiting, then fertilization is definitely a possibility.
- Snuggle with your partner for a few minutes after sex. According to WebMD, lying in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse 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.
- Having sex in the missionary or rear-entry position may be more beneficial to couples trying to conceive. These positions ensure that the sperm is deposited close to the cervix.
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.